HYDE PARK — The University of Chicago announced Thursday it will build a $8 million new clinic in the South Loop.
The university said Thursday it had signed a 12-year lease for 18,000 square feet on the second floor of Southgate Market, 1101 S. Canal St. for clinic offering primary care, cardiology, orthopedic, sports medicine and obstetrics-gynecology, reproductive and other services for women.
The clinic is expected to open in late 2016 with 15 physicians based in the South Loop and others rotating in for specialist care.
“We listened to our patients who wanted our state-of-the-art care closer to where they live, work and shop,” said Sharon O'Keefe, president of the University of Chicago Medical Center, in a statement.
The university also cited the rapid increase in the number of people moving to the South Loop as an enticement to look north of Hyde Park for the new clinic.
The clinic will be the first expansion for the medical center in Chicago in recent years.
The university has recently expanded its presence in the suburbs with a collaboration with Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox on a cancer center and a four-story outpatient center currently under construction in Orland Park. It has also expanded partnerships with Little Company of Mary in Evergreen Park and Edward-Elmhurst Health in Naperville and Elmhurst.
But the new clinic is the first South Side expansion for the medical center in years.
The university has an outpatient clinic at 150 E. Huron St. and the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Fertility, 333 S. DesPlaines St., but has had little physical presence between Hyde Park and Downtown, except a group of pediatric specialists at Mercy Hospital, 2525 S. Michigan Ave.
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