SOURCE: Riverside Medical Center

Riverside Medical Center

April 06, 2010 10:07 ET

Project Update: Riverside Medical Center Continues Work on the New East Tower

KANKAKEE, IL--(Marketwire - April 6, 2010) -  Work on Riverside Medical Center's East Tower addition project, the largest expansion since the south Chicago Illinois hospital opened in 1966, continues on schedule with a planned completion of June 2011.

"During the month of February, concrete and steel erection were the main activities," said Dave Puent, Director of Corporate Facilities Management at Riverside. "Underground plumbing, electrical, concrete forming and steel decking installations were all in progress. Things are progressing nicely."

Riverside's East Tower addition will create 12 newly designed, highly advanced operating rooms, seven richly appointed labor, delivery and recovery rooms, one dedicated C-section operating room, 18 new high-tech private ICU rooms, 23 family centered private rooms, and additional support space.

"This project continues our unending mission to provide the highest quality care available to our patients," said Riverside President and CEO Phil Kambic. "Our service area continues to grow, and this project will allow us to accommodate that growth," he added.

"Over the past several years we have made significant investments in state-of-the-art technology that allows us to provide a better, safer experience to the patient," Kambic said. "The East Tower addition continues Riverside on that journey and will improve the Kankakee county healthcare experience not only for the patient but their family and friends as well."

Located on the east side of the southern Chicago healthcare campus, the new tower will create 160,000-square-feet of new space with over 45,000-square-feet of current hospital space being renovated. Existing surgery areas, cardiac cath labs and labor and delivery areas will be upgraded.

Johnson-Downs Construction of Kankakee serves as construction manager for the project.

Riverside broke ground on the East Tower in late July of 2009. To view more construction updates, visit Riverside on the web at For more information about the quality services offered by Riverside Medical Center, visit or call (815) 933-1671.

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