HYDE PARK — University of Chicago Medicine has temporarily pulled the plug on its plan to build a new emergency room.
The university had submitted plans for review by the state for a $36 million new emergency room on Dec. 11, but said Friday it had withdrawn the application until a study of ER services was done.
Hospital officials said the university was seeing a greater need for its services since opening the Center for Care and Discovery in 2013, but was now holding off on expanding the emergency room until it finished a study on how need was changing.
“We recognize adult emergency services as a great need for the community and an important aspect of our broader campus plan,” the university said in a statement. “As a result, we have decided to pull the Certificate of Need application filed in December to relocate and expand our adult emergency department until this study is complete.”
The hospital has been considering where to move for over a year because current plans for much of the old Bernard Mitchell Hospital, 5841 S. Maryland Ave., to be converted to office space.
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