New Building to Feature Comprehensive Orthopaedic and Spine Care

Northwestern Medicine
News April 23, 2014
New patient care facility collageIn fall 2014, Northwestern Medicine will open a new patient care facility at 259 East Erie that will include 25 floors of patient care, physician offices, outpatient surgery, state-of the-art diagnostics, and retail services. The building will also house a center featuring expert care for a range of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal issues, treatment for sports injuries and a specialized center for neck, back and spine. 

"The patient will come here and see the right doctor at the right time in one location – we'll have all the disciplines working together to provide the best patient care," said Terrance Peabody, MD, chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery and the Edwin Warner Ryerson professor of orthopaedic surgery. "Patients will only need to make one stop. They can come be seen by a physician, get their imaging and the appropriate therapy if needed. If they need surgery, they can get it scheduled and performed all in the same building." 

The spine center will feature a unique model where orthopaedic surgeons and neurological surgeons practice in the same clinic and collaborate to offer enhanced patient care. 

"I don't know another center where neurosurgeons are working side-by-side with orthopaedic surgeons and physiatrists in the same space," said Dr. Peabody. "At Northwestern, the neuro and ortho surgeons are all capable of looking at the same images and can come up with a patient care plan together." 

Dr. Peabody recently led a group of surgeons on a tour of their future clinical space. The tour group included Andrew Bunta, MD, James Hill, MD, David Manning, MDGuido Marra, MDMatthew Saltzman, MD, and Michael Stover, MD. Check out their reactions to the new building: 

Along with orthopaedic and spine care, 259 East Erie will include:
  • Approximately 1 million square feet. 25 floors for patient care, services, public spaces, retail, parking an physician offices. 
  • An Outpatient Surgery Center with eight state-of-the-art operating rooms and room for future expansion. 
  • A Diagnostic Center for blood draws, EKGs, urine testing and an array of medical imaging, diagnostics and therapeutics including MRI, CT scan, ultrasound and plain film. 
  • Drive-through access to enclosed parking and valet services will be available for patients and visitors. 
  • Retail including dining, an optical shop and a newsstands – all an expansion of Shop & Dine Northwestern, a comprehensive retail program bringing new restaurants and shops to the medical campus. 
Northwestern’s orthopaedics program is ranked first in Chicago and Illinois and seventh in the country on the U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 Best Hospitals specialty ranking for orthopaedics. The neurological surgery program is also ranked first in Chicago and Illinois and seventh in the country by U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 Best Hospitals specialty ranking for neurology/neurosurgery. For more information on these clinical programs, visit orthopaedic surgery and neurological surgery

For the latest news about 259 East Erie, visit the building website