April 29, 2019
M&CA completes construction on Advocate Aurora Health Technology Education Center.
DOWNERS GROVE, IL—The 15,000 SF training center opened in February 2019 to support the implementation of a new electronic health record (EHR) software throughout Advocate. The project occurred in two phases with the first phase operational in November 2018 as a temporary call center to support implementation. The final phase includes training rooms and support areas. Since merging with Aurora Health Care of Milwaukee last year, Advocate is implementing the same electronic health record (EHR) software as Aurora Health. Adjacent to the Downers Grove Headquarters, the new training center will be utilized to train more than 17,000 physicians, nurses and associates on the new electronic health record software. The reception area features two digital displays with class schedules directing students to one of the sixteen training rooms. To assist with wayfinding, each corridor has its own accent color which is highlighted at the training room door. Training rooms are equipped with two monitors per trainee and one large electronic display for instruction. A variety of support spaces are available from booths with WiFi, private phone rooms and a mother’s room. Options for lunch include the kitchen and vending areas along with the building’s cafe. M&CA provided all planning, architecture and interior design.
Advocate Aurora Health is the 10th largest not-for-profit, integrated health system in the United States and a leading employer in the Midwest with more than 70,000 employees, including more than 22,000 nurses and the region’s largest employed medical staff and home health organization. A national leader in clinical innovation, health outcomes, consumer experience, and value-based care, the system serves nearly three million patients annually in Illinois and Wisconsin across more than 500 sites of care. Advocate Aurora is engaged in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies and is nationally recognized for its expertise in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology, and pediatrics.
Since 1974, Matthei & Colin Associates, LLC (M&CA) has specialized in the planning and design of health care environments. Through the passion of our creative effort, we have emerged today as one of the nation’s few firms exclusively committed to health care architecture. Our singular focus on designing and creating health care environments and our productive client partnerships result in highly individualized planning recommendations to address the requirements of each project.
For more information contact:
William W. Heun, AIA, Principal
Matthei & Colin Associates, LLC