Rush University Medical Center Opens New ER

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

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.


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