A $30 million AIDS treatment center will be developed in Chicago by Cook County Hospital and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, executives announced last week.
The three-story, 89,000-square-foot building will emphasize outpatient care, disease prevention and clinical research. It will be built on property owned by the county.
Playboy Enterprises' chief executive officer, Christie Hefner, will oversee efforts to raise funds for the facility, which will be built largely with federal and private funds.
"By investing in the health of our citizens through this center and others that may follow around the country, we can rise to the challenge," Ms. Hefner said.
Hospital executives estimated costs for treating AIDS patients at Cook County Hospital are six times what they would be if treatment were available at an outpatient facility.
The number of cases of AIDS and infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has doubled in Cook County since 1988, the hospitals' executives said. There are an estimated 26,000 people infected with HIV, and those numbers are expected to quintuple by 1998. The new faciled to open in 1996.