Health systems re-examine post-COVID office space needs

Health systems re-examine post-COVID office space needs

HEALTH SYSTEMS REEXAMINE OFFICE SPACE NEEDS POST-PANDEMIC: As companies in all sectors find their employees prefer to keep working from home, health systems are making moves to accommodate the change and unload office space.

Amita Health is trying to unload its office space in Lisle with the largest sublease listing in the Chicago suburbs, Crain’s reported on Wednesday. Illinois’ largest hospital network said it made the decision after a survey of nonclinical workers “found many based at our Lisle system headquarters preferred working remotely and were able to do so without interruption,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.

Health systems across the Chicago area are making similar calculations. Subleasing space could help companies save cash while they recover from a year in which COVID caused patient volume to fall and expenses to increase. 

Advocate Aurora Health said it is reassessing its real estate needs, saying it wants to “create more innovative, collaborative and productive workspaces while lowering our costs,” according to spokeswoman Brigid Sweeney.

The health system recently vacated some non-headquarter office space in both Oak Brook and in the Milwaukee area when leases concluded at the end of 2020, she said in the statement. Sweeney said when Advocate Aurora reopens its headquarters in Downers Grove and Milwaukee, it plans to implement a “hybrid…

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