Tonn and Blank was faced with the challenge to improve quality of care, reduce total cost of healthcare, enhance operational efficiencies, and improve performance of the Olympia Fields facility. This $137 million investment consolidated two hospitals – Olympia Fields and Chicago Heights. The renovation and addition at Olympia Fields was an intense, multi-phased project which touched nearly every department and space within the hospital. Our team led the Hospital through the design process so to ensure the design not only met the operational needs but met the budget constraints as well. The Hospital remained completely operational while Tonn and Blank inspired a creative solution to work both in, under and around the existing facility – underground tunnels. The hospital had to remain active and open to the public, so to avoid interrupting daily operations, we developed tunnels underneath the existing facilities to move from building to building in just a few days. We also worked closely with hospital administration and marketing staff so that each phase of construction was clearly communicated to the staff, patients and visitors. Maps, emails, website updates and even floor graphics helped everyone navigate through the hospital with less frustration.
Tonn and Blank’s team has also assisted with the transition of services from Chicago Heights to Olympia Fields. Through careful planning, communications and expertise, there was no gap in services as existing departments were moved to the new ED.
The new emergency department includes 32 treatment rooms with six being minor care beds for treating those with illness or injury of minor acuity, two trauma rooms, three nurse stations and a modern and spacious waiting room. It also includes an expanded EMS room, resupply closet and EMS tracking board near the ambulance dock. The new Patient Pavilion now houses OB services and inpatient rehabilitation.