Press Release

June 11, 2020

Electronic ICU offers telemedicine technology and monitoring for Advocate Aurora Health

Meritus RICUnit floorplan


OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL – The new 8,820 sf eICU is part of a planned consolidation of digital remote patient care and resource management departments out of the hospital and into commercial space.  When complete, the eICU will be collocated with the Patient Command Center and Central Telemetry.  The eICU offers telemedicine technology and monitoring for critical care patients in support of and with physicians and nurses in all of Advocate’s ICUs plus additional outreach patients across the country. The command center implements state-of-the-art technology in a 24/7 operation to remotely monitor patients’ vital signs, lab results, and communicate directly with the patient and their care team in a secure private manner.

Physician workstations each have 10 monitors with a camera, while nurse workstations have 6 monitors and a camera.  Key to the design of this space as a whole and the workstations themselves was to ensure patient privacy, while supporting a collaborative team effort.  Being a mission critical 24/7 operation required the addition of a dedicated generator and central uninterrupted power supply (UPS) system.  The HVAC system was reprogrammed to operate 24 hrs/day and technology support rooms are supplied with supplemental cooling.

Increased employee satisfaction is a direct result of moving out of basements and closets into a large work space with windows on all exterior walls.  In addition to the well lit open work area, are offices, a conference room, huddle space, break area, and locker room.  An adjacent common area used by all three departments provides a kitchen, break area, and private phone/ meditation rooms.

M&CA provided all planning, architectural, and interior design services.

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 74,000 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 has specialized solely in the planning and design of healthcare environments. We are committed to collaboration with our clients by understanding the challenges and recognizing the opportunities. Through a proven process of listening, asking, and creating, we translate dialogue into design.


For more information contact:
William W. Heun, AIA, Principal
Matthei & Colin Associates, LLC

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