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Jones Lang LaSalle Breaks Ground on New Heart Hospital for the Detroit Medical Center

Collaborative process with doctors and nurses results in efficient design that ensures quality patient care and helps attract top cardiologists from other cities

CHICAGO, Feb. 14, 2012 – Jones Lang LaSalle announced today that ground has been broken for the Detroit Medical Center’s new heart hospital in the city’s midtown area. This $78 million, five-story advanced cardiovascular care medical center is expected to draw doctors from across the country, and patients from throughout the region. Innovative design and construction programs are helping to make the new hospital’s facilities as sophisticated as the organization’s ambitious patient care goals.

The heart hospital is part of Vanguard Health System’s $850 million investment in the Detroit Medical Center. Construction started in January and is slated for completion in 2014. The facility is expected to earn LEED certification upon completion.

Jones Lang LaSalle serves as program manager directing the development on behalf of Detroit Medical Center (DMC). Harley Ellis Devereaux provided design services for the hospital, and Jenkins/Skanka is the construction manager.

“Detroit Medical Center is making a statement that they support the city, its workforce and its potential to serve as a home base for national leaders in cardiovascular care,” said Andrea Burg, Project Manager for Jones Lang LaSalle. “The facility itself, along with its leadership, will help recruit the best doctors from around the country. While many Detroit residents in the past went to suburban locations for advanced medical treatment, we expect to see a reverse migration when the new hospital is complete.”

New Facility’s Design and Construction Expected to Directly Improve Patient Care
Construction of the new facility will add four new patient operating tables for Cardio Team One, DMC’s top team of cardiologists. Unlike many “on-call” teams, Cardio Team One ensures that there is a cardiologist physically in the hospital 24/7.  Further to the goal of patient-centric care, each patient area was built on a larger scale to accommodate bariatric patients, who are underserved in the current hospital. Three floors of the new hospital will be dedicated to heart care while the others will serve other groups in the DMC.

The new hospital was designed with the involvement of the hospital’s nurses, doctors and clinical personnel, who participated in half-day focus group sessions to share best practices for the new hospital. For example, medical staff suggested replacing the old pod-centric care system with a more linear layout, so that nurses can monitor a larger number of patients more effectively. The linear configuration, aided by the relatively long and narrow footprint of the building, is expected to lower the average patient time from the door to catheterization to an average of 45 minutes, compared to a 75-minute national average.

Job Creation in Downtown Detroit
The Detroit Medical Center negotiated tax incentives from the City of Detroit, in exchange for employing city residents during the development process at significantly higher rates than other projects. The City of Detroit has stipulated that 30 to 40 percent of construction workers employed on the project come from Wayne County, which is largely comprised of the city. The project is also required to reach ambitious targets for using businesses owned by minorities, women and Detroit residents. With 250 laborers on the construction site, the new hospital will provide a significant increase in jobs available, both during construction and once the new facility opens in 2014.

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About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2011 global revenue of $3.6 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices.  The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 2.1 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with $47.7 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our website,