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January 28, 2004
Inside Online
Lakeshore Medical Center to extend from Weiss Memorial Hospital

The Wellness Group, LLC, has announced its plans to construct Lakeshore Medical Center, a state-of-the-art healthcare facility, at 4700 Marine Dr., adjacent to Weiss Memorial Hospital. Ground will be broken early in 2004 for the six-story, architecturally distinctive 166,000 square-foot facility, with projected occupancy early in 2005, according to Howard A. Koop, the project director. Designed by architects Marv Fitch and Michael Gelick, Lakeshore Medical Center has been designed to blend with the natural elements of the nearby park. "The interior design and color scheme of individual medical suites will complement the building while providing functional and practical space that also meets the requirements of individual practitioners," said Koop.

Lakeshore Medical Center will be linked directly to Weiss Memorial Hospital through a shared steel and glass winter garden. Patients and physicians will be able to easily access outpatient services at Weiss via pedway connecting to a secure garage.

Physicians will have instant online access to a range of applications including lab, pharmacy and patient medical records. Weiss Hospital is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion program, which includes equipment and technology infrastructure upgrades. Examples include a new cardiac catheterization laboratory, new laboratory equipment, and a totally refurbished Radiology Department with cutting edge MRI and CT. Prior to its latest round of improvements, Weiss completed the renovation and expansion of its emergency room and intensive care unit. Walgreens has leased 15,000 square feet in Lakeshore Medical Center for a drug store with a full-service pharmacy and lobby pick-up window that will be located on the ground level of the building.

"Lakeshore Medical Center will boast an exceptional location with outstanding access to Lake Shore Drive, frequent CTA bus service to the front door, beautiful views of nearby Lake Michigan and exceptional shopping, fine dining, hotels and golf just minutes away," said Koop. "The combination of Weiss Memorial Hospital and the new Lakeshore Medical Center will provide the North Shore community with a first class healthcare facility to meet all their healthcare needs," he added. For additional information, including leasing arrangements, please contact Howard Koop at (630) 518-6312 or via email at howardkoop@sbcglobal.net.

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