Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in partnership with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, is a nationally recognized academic medical center and a major Midwest referral center, with more than 1,900 physicians representing virtually every clinical specialty. Patient accommodations include 894 beds between Northwestern Memorial and its Prentice Women’s Hospital. The Northwestern Memorial Hospital Emergency Department cared for 85,814 patients in 2016.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) is the only hospital in Illinois on the US News & World Report Best Hospitals 2017-2018 Honor Roll. This year’s Honor Roll highlights just 20 hospitals, of which NMH ranks 13th nationwide for its breadth and depth of clinical excellence. Northwestern Memorial is recognized in the Best Hospitals ranking for outstanding performance in 11 of the 16 ranked specialties, including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, and ophthalmology.
Northwestern Medicine is the second largest provider of charity care in Illinois. In 2016, Northwestern Medicine provided $747.4 million in charity care, unreimbursed care, research, education, and community benefit. Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s patient- and community-driven mission has led to the development of partnerships and initiatives designed to have a measurable, positive impact on the health of medically underserved residents in our communities.
Prentice Women’s Hospital at Northwestern Memorial opened in October 2007, when it moved from its original facility to a new, one-million square foot state-of-the-art hospital dedicated to providing care for the unique needs of women through all stages of life. With 328 licensed beds, care at Prentice extends beyond obstetrics and gynecology, to women’s heart health, neurology, bone care, and mental health care. In partnership with the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, the Women’s Health Research Institute at Prentice plays a critical role in research and health policy advocacy at institutional, state, and federal levels.
Northwestern EM residents have two rotations at Prentice in their second year: obstetrics/gynecology and the Neonatal ICU. Prentice facilitates 13,600 deliveries per year, making it the largest birthing center in the Midwest and among the top five birthing centers in the nation by volume of births. The Renee Schine Crown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides for an estimated 1,600 premature or seriously ill newborns each year, making it one of the largest NICUs in the country. Northwestern’s commitment to providing quality care to all patients regardless of their ability to pay extends to Prentice Women’s Hospital; annually, nearly 30% of infant care provided in the NICU is reimbursed by Medicaid or provided as free care.
In June 2012, after 130 years in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Children’s Memorial Hospital moved to the Northwestern downtown campus and became the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (LCH). Though the name is new, the relationship between Children’s and the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine spans over 60 years. LCH is one of only 10 pediatric hospitals in the US to earn 2017-2018 Honor Roll designation by US News & World Report. Overall, US News & World Report ranks Lurie the 7th best children’s hospital in the nation.
The LCH ED treated 36,587 patients in 2016. As a whole, the 288-bed hospital annually cares for children from every legislative district in Illinois, all 50 states, and over 30 countries. Patients come from far and wide to seek care at Lurie.
Northwestern EM residents rotate in the trauma unit at Cook County once during their second year and again during their fourth year. The trauma unit/trauma ICU at Cook County was the first in the country and is one of the busiest in the US. The role of second year residents on the rotation is that of a junior on the service; senior residents act as the team leader for the 24-hour call day. In this role, senior residents have the same responsibility as the senior County residents on their call days - leading resuscitations and supervising all care within the unit. At Stroger, trauma patients are seen in a separate trauma unit, not in the regular ED. This patient care model is different than that of Northwestern Memorial, where trauma patients must be managed at the same time as all other patients on the trauma half of the main ED. This contrast in care models provides for outstanding, comprehensive trauma education for our residents.
All residents complete a one-month toxicology rotation at Stroger during their third year. Residents work with members of the Toxikon Consortium, a collaboration of healthcare providers from multiple academic institutions in Chicago who are dedicated to clinical care, training, education, and research related to poisoned patients. Residents divide their time during this rotation between the Illinois Poison Center, rounds with the Toxikon faculty and fellows, and didactic sessions.
Methodist Hospital - Northlake Campus is located 35 miles from downtown Chicago. The rotations at Methodist provide an opportunity to work in a busy, inner-city community ED with a large trauma population and high medical acuity. There are no other residents at the Northlake Campus, so our residents have the chance to work in a true “unopposed” community environment, one-on-one with the attending physician. The Northlake Campus Emergency Department treated 35,428 patients in 2016.
Methodist Hospital recently became the first in Northwestern Indiana to earn the Level III trauma center designation by the American College of Surgeons. Additionally, the Northlake campus recently completed a $12.1 million renovation of its emergency room and intensive care unit with expanded patient rooms, updated monitoring systems, centralized work stations and a fast track area designed to treat less acuity patients at an increased rate.
Methodist Hospital plays a major role in addressing the health needs of underserved patients of Northwest Indiana. Methodist Hospitals provided nearly $78 million in unpaid Medicare, charity care, and community services last year.
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a 215-bed community hospital located in Lake Forest, IL, 32 miles from downtown Chicago. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital (NLFH) is a Level II Trauma Center and is ranked by consumers as the most preferred hospital in Lake and Kenosha Counties.
NLFH is an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) and 30% of its patient volume consists of pediatric patients. Certified by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Lake Forest has the resources to provide the highest level of care for stroke patients. The Lake Forest ED treated 28,432 patients in 2016.
Our residents currently spend one block at Lake Forest during their second, third, and fourth years. Residents are provided optional housing during the rotations, as well as a complimentary membership at a fitness center on campus. Residents h ave the opportunity to work alongside many alumni of the Northwestern Emergency Medicine Residency Program, as well as highly dedicated nursing and ancillary staff. NLFH was recently awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award for their commitment to AHA/ASA’s premier hospital-based quality improvement program for stroke patient treatment. For the second consecutive year, NLFH received the Emergency Nursing Association’s Lantern Award, a recognition given to emergency departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.