Cutting Edge Methods Offered Not Far from Home
Suburban hospitals are known for change and innovation. Here's a look a what's new at the hospitals close to you:
Advocate Good Samaritan
3815 Highland Ave., Downers Grove; (630) 275-5900; www.advocatehealth.com/gsam
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove has begun treating patients in two new, cutting-edge cardiac catheterization labs. The new labs include Innova 2000, the world's leading digital imaging technology for the cardiac cath lab. Innova 2000 is used during procedures in the cardiac cath lab to view and treat coronary artery blockages and other cardiovascular conditions. According to Midwest Heart Specialist cardiologist, Dr. Peter Kerwin, "At Good Samaritan Hospital, we have had one of the top programs in the state for over 20 years. We've had the top staff and top doctors in the state; now, we have the best imaging equipment available."
Advocate Good Shepherd
450 W. Route 22, Barrington; (847) 381-0123; www.advocatehealth.com/gshp
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital's is developing a $35.7-million cardiac care center. The project allows Good Shepherd Hospital to provide expanded cardiac services including cardiac catheterizations and open-heart surgery services. The addition is slated to have 35 medical/surgical beds and eight intensive care unit beds. The expansion project will be completed in late 2004. Good Shepherd Radiation Oncology recently acquired Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy. IMRT is a new form of radiation treatment that uses beams that wrap precisely around tumors, avoiding contact with healthy tissue. Good Shepherd is the only hospital in its service area to offer this high-tech modality of care.
Advocate Lutheran General
1775 Dempster St., Park Ridge; (847) 723-2210; www.advocatehealth.com/luth
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge has launched a two-year program to promote clinical excellence, representing one of its most aggressive capital improvement initiatives in its history. Highlights include: introduction of an electronic intensive care unit (eICU) care program (Lutheran General was the first in the Chicago area with this technology); completion of a $10.7-million emergency department renovation doubling the size of the facility; and expansions of its surgical suites, ambulatory surgery center, gastroenterology lab, cardiac catheterization lab, radiation oncology and neonatal intensive care unit. Other achievements include the creation of an innovative Risk Evaluation in Action for Cardiac Health (REACH) program for early identification of high-risk cardiovascular disease patients, and sponsorship of live Internet Webcasts showcasing leading-edge cardiovascular and spinal surgery procedures.
Alexian Brothers Hospital Network
The Alexian Brothers Hospital Network recently unveiled a $352 million strategic expansion plan, which includes the physical restructuring of Alexian's existing hospitals -- Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, as well as St. Alexius Medical Center and Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital both in Hoffman Estates. The plan also calls for the construction of satellite facilities, including diagnostic, community health and urgent care centers across the Northwest suburbs. The construction of the Alexian Rehabilitation Hospital in Elk Grove Village will be completed by January 2004. Alexian Brothers Hospital Network will develop eight "Centers of Excellence" with the latest diagnostic, medical and surgical advances. The Centers will be headed by leading medical professionals in each field who not only will treat patients, but also will lead research initiatives and clinical trials. The entire 5-year plan will reshape Alexian's Elk Grove and Hoffman Estates hospital campuses and related programs, creating one contiguous healthcare network with unprecedented scope and advanced medicine capabilities serving the residents of Chicago's Northwest suburbs. …