The new Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago represents a major development in health care through its high-level integration of scientific research and patient care in a rehabilitation hospital designed to inspire and promote healing.
The 27-story, $550 million facility takes up 1.2 million square feet, 800,000 of which are devoted to clinical care and research it plans to open March 25.
The new hospital also marks a major rebranding effort by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, already renowned for its care for patients with severe, complex conditions, by changing its name to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.
“This model of translational research will change the way people work and the way patients get better, increasing the likelihood that promising research ideas will be converted into viable medical treatments,” says Joanne Smith, M.D., president and CEO of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.
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