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Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Breaks Ground Launching Campus Modernization Project

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Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Barrington, IL - Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital broke ground Wednesday on its long-awaited Campus Modernization project. The campus modernization project will improve the patient care experience by enhancing privacy, offering the most advanced technology and making it more convenient to access inpatient and outpatient services.

"We could never stand here today without the substantial support of our many friends and neighbors throughout the communities we serve," said Karen Lambert, Good Shepherd Hospital president, to the gathered crowd of more than 100 attendees. "As construction occurs, you'll see the results of thoughtful input from patients, doctors, associates, families, community groups, architects and engineers. Through the devotion and support of Advocate and all of our generous friends, we start building it today."

"Good Shepherd Hospital continues to be a vital resource in Barrington that we wholeheartedly support," said Paul and Barbara Hills, Modernization capital campaign co-chairs. "This level of care-clinically excellent, compassionate and close to home-is an asset we can take pride in and preserve for generations to come."

The groundbreaking ceremony, attended by political representatives, donors, administrators, physicians and associates, was held outside in the front of the hospital.

"This campus modernization will truly bring Good Shepherd Hospital to the forefront of the community offering patients a quieter, more private setting to heal in with all private rooms," said Lambert. "Now is our time to shine as we begin this momentous journey in building the hospital of the future."

Lambert said the outpatient facilities will not only meet the health care needs of the community today, but will ensure the availability of these necessary outpatient services for years to come. The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board approved the project in June 2012.

"This is an exciting time for Good Shepherd Hospital and all the physicians who practice here," said Thomas Meyer MD, President of the Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Medical Staff.

Key Features

 The licensed bed count will increase from 169 to 176 with the additional beds all in the Intensive Care Unit and 8 new operating rooms with increased capacity.

• Modernize other clinical services, including radiology, ambulatory care services, cardiovascular and pulmonary testing, and therapies.

• Modernized non-clinical areas include administration, public/visitor space, circulation, materials management, lobby, simulation laboratory, chapel, community education and conference center.

• The modernization is built for long-term durability of infrastructure and systems including upgrading systems covering the current and new buildings, improving energy efficiency using LEED guidelines, targeting LEED Silver certification.

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Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois is a 169-bed acute care hospital with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. It is part of Advocate Health Care, named one of the Top Ten hospital systems in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters. Good Shepherd has been named one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Good Shepherd was the only hospital in the Chicago metropolitan area to receive this recognition.

Advocate Health Care

Advocate Health Care, named among the nation's Top 5 largest health systems by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state's largest integrated children's network, five Level I trauma centers (the state's highest designation in trauma care), two Level II trauma centers, one of the area's largest home health care companies and one of the region's largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its four teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $571 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2011.