Private Room Demand Spurs Chicago-Area Hospital's Massive Expansion

Private Room Demand Spurs Chicago-Area Hospital's Massive Expansion

It may take a couple of years, but all patients at highly rated Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in suburban Chicago will no longer have to share a room.

The hospital recently announced its plans to construct a $91 million expansion to its critical care unit at the facility in Downers Grove, Illinois. The plan will ensure private rooms for every patient.

“Our patients expect and deserve to receive the best care in private rooms, where they can recover and rest peacefully and where their nurses and physicians can care for them in an environment that is respectful to their privacy,” says Dr. Donald Steiner, president of the hospital’s medical staff, in a letter to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, which regulates large-scale medical facility expansion projects.

A massive project

Expansion plans call for a three-story addition on top of the critical care unit at the hospital’s north end. Over 100,000 square feet will be added with 100 new private rooms, according to the hospital’s Certificate of Need application with the review board.

Existing semi-private rooms at the hospital will be converted to private rooms. The move to all private rooms will reduce total capacity by 49 beds in the facility’s medical-surgical wing.

Private room demand

As Chicago hospitals compete to meet patients’ demands, private rooms have become a major selling point.

In the state approval application, hospital officials also cite several health benefits to private rooms, including a reduction in infection, better patient sleep and more efficient care.

Highly rated Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago is an all private-room facility, and highly rated Edward Hospital in Naperville became the first hospital in Illinois with only private rooms in 1991. 

“An all private-room campus is the standard of care our community expects,” says Lisa Parro, an Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital spokeswoman.

Next steps

To go forward with the project, the review board will need to approve the hospital’s detailed Certificate of Need, which was filed Aug. 14. While no date has been set for the board to review the certificate, members of the public have until Oct. 23 to weigh-in on the expansion.

The project has received the approval of many of the area’s elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, and Illinois Reps. Patti Bellock, Ronald Sandack and Sandra Pihos.

If approved by the state review board, construction could begin this year, Parro said. The expansion and single-bed room conversion is expected to be completed by May 2017.


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