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Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Ribbon Cutting Signals the Beginning of Grand Opening Festivities

Community Festival open house is this Sunday.

More than 500 people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the new Elmhurst Memorial Hospital June 11.

Joining Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare President W. Peter Daniels and other hospital officials were Elmhurst Mayor Peter DiCianni and former Mayor Thomas Marcucci.

“We have an important responsibility to the communities we serve to carry out our mission of providing efficient, high-quality and compassionate care, and this new facility enables us to do that,” Daniels said. “The future of healthcare is here in Elmhurst today.”

DiCianni said some 600 physicians are based at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, and the facility provides more than 3,000 jobs.

“I could not be more proud to have a brand new, state-of-the-art facility ... right here in the city of Elmhurst,” he said. “Elmhurst Memorial Hospital has set the bar and is the leader for quality healthcare for the entire region.”

Members of the community are encouraged to attend the hospital's Grand Opening Community Festival from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 19. Guided tours of the new hospital will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; to sign up, visit www.emhc.org. Visitors can purchase fresh produce, flowers and more from local farmers at the French Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., the festival will feature local entertainment, including the Elmhurst College Jazz Band, Coral-Aires Chorus, Anima Singers, The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest and Magical Strings of Youth. The event also will feature refreshments, children's activities and information booths. A full schedule of activities and entertainment can be found here.

The hospital will open its doors to patients June 25. The 866,000-square-foot features 259 private patient suites, a state-of-the-art Emergency Department with private rooms, spacious surgical suites and the latest in medical technology, including the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, the first Acquilion ONE 320-slice CT scanner in the state and Open-Bore MRI.

Dave Noble June 18, 2011 at 03:15 PM
What's happening to the old hospital?
Karen Chadra (Editor) June 18, 2011 at 03:37 PM
It's still going to be a medical facility. Here's a story I wrote about it a couple of months ago: http://patch.com/A-g2Jw
Bob Hoel June 19, 2011 at 11:41 AM
The Hospital will also be providing bike valet parking attended by the Elmhurst Bike Club and the Elmhurst Bike Task Force. This will be located in a dedicated area at the southeast corner of the complex. Avoid parking in the "back 40" and taking the trolley to the new facility. Come by bike and park close to the front door!

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