Children’s Memorial Hospital wishes to share our patient move day plans for Saturday, June 9, 2012 (back up day is Sunday, June 10, 2012) for consideration in scheduling events and other planning and to assist Children’s Memorial in its efforts to safely and efficiently transport medically fragile patients via ambulances from its current hospital in Lincoln Park to its new facility in Streeterville during that weekend.
Children’s Memorial Hospital, currently located in Lincoln Park, is building a new hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, in Streeterville. On June 9, 2012, as the final stage of the hospital’s transition to its new facility, Children’s Memorial will relocate up to 200 remaining patients in ambulances from the current hospital to the new hospital.
In order to most safely and efficiently transport these patients to the new hospital, the Children’s Memorial Hospital Transition Team has developed a logistics and traffic management plan in coordination with the Chicago Department of Transportation, Office of Emergency Management, Chicago Police Department, Streets & Sanitation and Transportation Management Authority.
Close coordination with the City of Chicago, the surrounding community and neighbors, and nearby institutions, as well as communication of the plan to the general public, are key components of planning a successful transition of patients from the Lincoln Park campus to Lurie Children’s.
Move Planning Specifics
Move date: Saturday, June 9, 2012 starting between 5 – 6 a.m. Back up date: Sunday, June 10, 2012.
Starting address: Children’s Memorial Hospital, Lincoln and Fullerton Ave. Ending address: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago Ave.
Number of patients to move: Planning for up to 200 critically ill or injured children to be transported utilizing approximately 20-25 ambulances.
Timeframe: Ideally 10-18 hours, but contingency plan anticipates a 48 hour timeframe in case of emergency.
The move plan includes designated routes; identifies measures to control traffic through a combination of roadway closures, dedicated lanes, restricted parking, informational signs, and police/Traffic Control Aide (TCA) posts; and provides methods to communicate the plan and coordinate with the City of Chicago, the surrounding community, and other stakeholders throughout the process until the move is complete.
Fullerton Ave. will be fully closed from the current hospital to Lake Shore Drive. One lane will be dedicated to east and west ambulance traffic. There will be public traffic access north and south on Clark, Stockton and Cannon, but controlled by traffic aides and/or the police.
Chicago Ave. will be stripped of parking from Lurie Children’s to Lake Shore Drive. However, there will not be any closures on Chicago Ave. Ambulance and public traffic will flow together from Lurie Children’s to Lake Shore Drive. Police and/or Traffic Control Aides will assist with traffic management.
Family members that are not joining patients in the ambulance (limited to one family member per ambulance) will drive south from the parking garage on Lincoln Avenue toward Larrabee Street and follow the designate family route as previously defined. Family members will not return to the Lincoln Park Campus.
Communication to Community
Communication of the plan to the immediate Lincoln Park and Streeterville communities, public officials, community organizations, general public, and media are key components of Children’s Memorial’s planning for a successful transition of patients from its Lincoln Park campus to Lurie Children’s. Outreach began in early 2011 and will continue throughout the process.