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A few minutes after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, nurse clinician David Chilicki explained Monday why he was excited about each room having a one-patient capacity.

“Going to private rooms is one of the greatest things ever in the history of hospitals,” said Chilicki, who has worked at the hospital since 2010. “Not having that argument at 2 a.m. that you are being moved to a semi-private room with a roommate is awesome.”

He’s among the approximately 1,400 employees who will work at the new facility, scheduled to open March 3 and replace the current Lake Forest Hospital.

“We will be able to spend a lot more time at the bedside, which is the key to health care, is being able to spend more time with the patient,” Chilicki said. “That is probably the best part of this hospital.”

Congressman Brad Schneider and Lake Forest Mayor Rob Lansing joined Lake County and hospital officials at Monday’s ceremony, which culminated a construction process that began in August 2014.

The new hospital, which cost nearly $400 million, is set on a 160-acre campus featuring 7,000 feet of bicycle paths, nearly 700 trees and a six-acre…

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