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Celebrating the New UI Health Hospital Welcome Atrium

Health leadership and Board of Trustees leadership enjoying a reception, with the info desk and large UI Health logo in the background

On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, UI Health hosted a reception for the University of Illinois Board of Trustees to celebrate the new UI Health Hospital Welcome Atrium. With only a few finishing touches remaining to be completed, the two-story space will welcome patients and their families with modern architecture that is spacious and bright. The atrium will also ensure a first-class healthcare experience with improved access, circulation and wayfinding, as well as a reflection room and pastoral care area.

At the celebration, remarks about the significance of the new atrium were given by Dr. Robert A. Barish, UIC vice chancellor for health affairs; Dr. Javier Reyes, UIC interim chancellor, and Mike Zenn, CEO of University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics. During the celebration the UI System Interim Executive Vice President and VP for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Avijit Ghosh was recognized for the vision and leadership he demonstrated in commencing the atrium project, both as former interim hospital CEO and as a generous donor. When speaking about how the atrium contributes to fulfilling the mission of UI Health, Dr. Barish stated, “Some people have asked why we’ve invested in something like an atrium, that has no clinical function. It’s because the moment our patients walk through these doors, this beautiful space tells them that they matter and their health matters. This atrium is an expression of UI Health’s commitment to providing an exceptional experience and compassionate care to our communities.”

Photos From the Hospital Welcome Atrium and Celebration Heading link

  1. photo: UIC/UI Health
    A view down the pedestrian walkway which passes over Taylor Street to join the hospital atrium to the new UI Health Specialty Care Building, which opened to patients In September, 2022.
  2. photo: UIC/UI Health
    UI System President Timothy Killeen (far left) and his wife Roberta, speaking with Adrienne Nazon, hospital vice president for external relations and communications (far right), and her husband Jeune.
  3. photo: UIC/UI Health
    UI System interim executive vice president and vp for faculty affairs and former interim CEO Dr. Avijit Ghosh, whose vision and generosity were instrumental in making the atrium a reality.

The New UI Health Specialty Care Building Heading link

architectural rendering of the completed Specialty Care Building

Opened to patents in September, 2022, the Specialty Care Building is designed to meet the growing need for specialized services and outpatient surgery in the Chicago metropolitan area. This state-of-the-art facility has nearly 200,000 square feet of surgical and patient care space dedicated to providing exceptional health care, and is projected to serve 600 to 800 patients per day.