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Rush hospital designed to treat infectious threats

Chicago Tribune, November 29, 2011
A visitor would expect to see the latest weapons in the battle against heart disease or cancer at the new Rush University Medical Center. But the hospital ? which will give the public a sneak preview Dec. 10 ? is also stocked with an arsenal for fighting a different kind of "bad guy" ? namely a viral villain. The 14-story tower on the Near West Side will bring an unprecedented level of preparedness to Chicago in the event of a bioterrorist attack, a deadly pandemic or an industrial accident sending hazardous materials seeping into the streets, experts say. Before patients can be moved there in January, hundreds of staff must be trained on all-new equipment ? from a state-of-the-art patient lift to a trash chute that travels at 60 mph.