Chicago to build CBRN response emergency care center

A $10 million capital grant was recently announced by Illinois' Governor Pat Quinn to develop a state-of-the-art emergency and disaster preparedness center in Chicago that would be utilized in the event of a CBRN attack.

The McCormick Center for Advanced Emergency Response, as the center, which will be part of the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, will be called, is designed to care for victims of major catastrophes.

The 40,000-square-foot center will include a specialized airflow system that allows areas of the facility to be isolated from the effects of biological or chemical agents.

The center was designed with input from disaster response experts to allow it to be utilized in the event of everything from a bioterror attack to a pandemic flu outbreak.

In addition to the airflow system, the center will feature a cardiac monitor in every room and ultrasound units for each of three patient treatment pods. Point-of-care blood testing will also be available bedside. Radiology will be placed within the emergency department, which will allow wait times to be reduced for diagnostic imaging.

“It is the duty of state government to provide for the health and safety of our residents here in Illinois,” Governor Quinn said, reports. “The state-of-the-art emergency center at Rush University Medical Center is a great example of how investing capital dollars creates jobs and improves our local communities.”