UCMC to open outpatient clinic in the South Loop

5,000 patient visits a year are expected at the 18,000 square foot clinic, which will open in 2016.

By Min Hahn

The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) plans to open its Center for Advanced Care, an outpatient clinic, in the South Loop in October of 2016.

The UCMC has been looking to expand its access to patients throughout Chicago in response to the growing demand for its services on national, regional, and community levels, according to Ashley Heher, assistant director of the News Office at UCMC.

The new clinic at South Loop will serve patients near the Southgate Market, a retail center located at the intersection of Roosevelt Road and Canal Street. 75,000 patient visits per year are expected for this 18,000-square-foot clinic. The project will cost around $8 million.

The primary incentive for development in this area came from patients living in and around South Loop who have asked UCMC to bring care closer to them, according to Heher. The center is looking to employ physicians in cardiology, primary care, orthopedics, and a variety of other specialties.

Other recent UCMC expansion projects include the Center for Care and Discovery, a 1.2 million-square-foot facility in the Medical Campus that opened to patients in February of 2013. UCMC’s clinicians have also provided care in a variety of satellite clinics throughout Chicago, including the South Side, downtown Chicago, and Chicago North. It also offers care in the Chicago suburbs and northern Indiana.