By Bob Bong
Palos Health South Campus unveiled its newly expanded facility last Saturday in Orland Park.
The facility will offer cutting-edge imaging and laboratory technology, comprehensive cancer care, outpatient surgery center and outpatient clinics aimed at bringing nationally ranked academic care closer to home for residents of the southwest suburbs.
A facility features a leading-edge radiation therapy system, called Viewray MRIdian, that’s guided in real time by MRI imaging and targets tumors with millimeter precision.
Loyola and Palos are the first in Illinois – and only the 10th worldwide – to offer this groundbreaking technology.
Construction for the new building, located on the southeast corner of the campus, began in September 2016. It features Loyola’s 25,000-square foot specialty and primary care clinic on the first floor, with 47 exam rooms, two procedure rooms, an X-ray suite and spaces for hearing testing, blood draws and other services. More than 40 Loyola physicians will treat patients in more than 16 specialties.
Palos Health has served the community for 45 years and more than 35 years at this location in Orland Park.
The expansion of the South Campus endeavors to ensure quality medical care in an accessible, state-of-the art ambulatory facility to area residents, Terrence Mosian, president and CEO, Palos Health, said in a news release.
“We strongly believe that the future in health care delivery is to render care in advanced outpatient settings where more than 90 percent of health care needs can be efficiently addressed,” Mosian added.
“In recent years, we have expanded services available at our South Campus through the growth of Palos Medical Group, the addition of Palos Imaging and Diagnostics, as well as other services traditionally offered in a hospital setting.”
Palos Health is a fully integrated, community-based healthcare system consisting of Palos Hospital, Palos Medical Group, Palos South Campus in Orland Park, Palos Home Care and Hospice, and Chicago Health Colleagues, a clinically integrated physician network.
Opening this fall on the second floor will be a 17,000-square-foot outpatient surgery center featuring four operating suites and 15 pre-op and post-op bays.
The 13,000-square foot radiation oncology center also features a Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator and a Philips Brilliance Big Bore CT scanner, as well as its own lower-level entrance and 20 dedicated, covered parking spots for radiation oncology patients.
Palos Health’s Imaging and Lab are being renovated as part of this project, and the facility also boasts a state-of-the-art conference center with two conference rooms and seating for 100.
Other custom features of the expansion include an eco-friendly rooftop garden and custom photography of Loyola’s main campus in Maywood, the grounds of Palos Hospital and the nearby nature areas.
Palos Health remains independent from Loyola. Each organization maintains its own culture, mission and commitment to the community, and financial and organizational structures remain separate, the news release concluded.