Little Company of Mary Hospital celebrated the grand opening of its newest medical facility on Saturday, August 4th. 6700 West 95th in Oak Lawn is now the proud home of a 51,000 sq. foot three-story state-of-the-art medical and diagnostics facility, known as the Outpatient Care Center.
The celebration commenced with a warm welcome by Dennis Reilly, President and CEO. “Less than one year ago we celebrated the groundbreaking for what would become our beautiful Outpatient Care Center. The center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology and experienced physicians that our Oak Lawn family has grown to trust,” said Dennis Reilly.
After the closing remarks and prayer, the celebration began with family friendly activities for the community including face painting, magicians, jugglers, music and plenty of delicious ice cream to cool the community on the hot summer day.
Nearly 500 people toured the Outpatient Care Center, getting a sneak peak at the immediate care center, The Care Station. The tour started in the main level of the center’s triage and trauma unit. A special exam room in the trauma unit was designed to evaluate and stabilize patients ranging from a coughs and colds, fractures, to an acute heart attack or stroke. The center’s space allows for emergency responders to transfer acute patients privately through a separate doorway.
A total of eight treatment rooms and one occupational health room were built to mirror one another for the convenience of caregivers to access patient information and medical tools and/or equipment. The occupational health room provides drug and alcohol screenings, spirometry (pulmonary function tests), and audiograms (hearing tests) to employers seeking the well being of their employees.
Just footsteps from the entrance, the community was able to tour the state-of-the-art diagnostics and imaging suites ranging from X-ray, echocardiography and ultrasound units rendering high quality images, to the comprehensive digital mammography and CT-suites. The mammography suite features a fully digital mammography unit with exceptional imaging to ensure the highest quality screenings and Computerized Aided Detection (CAD), which is special software, designed to achieve accurate interpretations. The CT scanner has the latest technology, offering superior resolution and accuracy, while holding radiation doses to the minimum, all in a calm and comforting environment.
The tour route extended to the MRI suite, located in the lower level of the center. The MRI is the quietest machine in the market today equipped with a 71 cm center opening that provides patients with maximum space and comfort while rendering the highest quality diagnostic images. There is a tranquil mural on the ceiling and a music library of the patients’ choice along with two-way communication with the technologists during the exam.
The Outpatient Care Center was built with only one person in mind- the patient. Our ministry of healing continues to extend beyond the walls of the hospital and into the community of Oak Lawn and surrounding suburbs. Founder, Sister Mary Potter said, “Where there is need, there is our mission.” Visit our website at lcmh.org for more information and directions to the new Outpatient Care Center.
From left to right: Dennis Reilly, President and CEO, LCMH and Health Care Centers, Kevin Rehder, Vice President of Clinical Services and Facilities Management as well as Project Manager for the Outpatient Care Center, Reverend William Corcoran, St. Linus Parish, Sr. Kathleen McIntyre, L.C.M., Chairperson of the Board of Directors for LCMH and Health Care Centers, Jane Quinlan, Village Clerk for Oak Lawn, Dr. James Skomurski, Medical Director for LCM’s two Care Stations, Dr. Irving Fuld, Medical Director for Diagnostic Imaging at LCMH, Tom Fahey, LCMH Hospital Trustee and Chairperson of the Board of Directors for LCM’s Affiliated Services.