Rush University Medical Center Opens New ER

The emergency center is the first of its kind in the United States

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    New facility -- at 14 stories and costing about $650 million -- opens January 2012. (Published Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011)

    While Chicago was sleeping, Rush University medical staffers moved into their new state-of-the-art facility.

    The morning shift arrived at 5 a.m. Friday ahead of the emergency center's 6 a.m. official opening.

    The 830,000-square-foot facility took six years of planning and cost more than $650 million. It's touted for the ability to handle a large-scale emergency and even a bio-terrorist attack.

    It's the first of its kind in the United States.

    Equipment will be moved Saturday and about 200 current patients will be transferred Sunday.