Health and Wellness
The Chicagoland area is home to some of the finest hospitals in the country. Staffed by talented, recognized physicians and providers, these full-service hospitals consist of many university-affiliated teaching institutions as well as first-rate specialty health-care facilities. Residents of all ages, from newborns to older adults, have access to a suite of comprehensive services and treatments. In addition, many facilities are newly built or renovated, ensuring that the most modern and state-of-the-art equipment is utilized. Learn more in this section about specific hospitals and facilities available in the region along with how to find medical providers and dental hygienists.

Out of the 121 hospitals located within the Chicago metropolitan area (including Evanston, Joliet and Aurora/Naperville), 35 facilities met the U.S. News & World Report criteria to be honored as the top-ranking health-care institutions of 2012–13. Hospitals were evaluated based in areas, such as specialties, death rates, procedure volume, ratio of nurses and patients and reputation.

Metro Chicago was one of the few metro areas that displayed a considerably large percentage of regional hospitals in the ranking. In addition, Chicagoland outshined the majority of other big cities with several facilities accredited in the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals. Chicago’s Top 10 (in order of rank) include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, University of Chicago Medical Center, Advocate Christ Medical Center, NorthShore Evanston Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, Central DuPage Hospital, Northwest Community Medical Center, Rehabilitation Institution of Chicago and Alexian Brothers Medical Center.

If you are looking for a specialist, Chicago is the place to go. Residents don’t have to travel far to find a facility recognized for their needs. Many area hospitals have a number of specialties either nationally ranked or honored as high-performing. Treatment plans are cutting edge, thanks to advancement in a variety of fields coming out of the area. People travel from all over the world to receive treatment from Chicago’s prestigious array of hospitals.

MAJOR HEALTHCARE INITATIVE
The city of Chicago joined forces with the Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) to form the Chicago Green Health Care Initiative. The project’s objective is to improve public health by drastically reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollution contributed from energy use in the health field. As of June 2012, 19 hospitals have signed the CGHI pledge to completely change their facility to reduce energy consumption by 5–10 percent. Two hospitals have conducted energy assessments and eight received steam audits, and the CGHI team is working closely with the hospitals to provide energy-efficiency support.

CHICAGO FULL-SERVICE AND SPECIALTY HOSPITALS
Located throughout the region, residents will find nationally ranked facilities of all sizes offering a complete range of medical services. A majority of these downtown hospitals are also home to a number of specialties. Residents living in the Chicago suburbs may consider searching for additional area hospitals not located in the heart of the city to find one nearer to their new neighborhood. The following facility descriptions will help familiarize you with the city’s top selection of hospitals.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center (www.advocatehealth.com/immc/) physicians have a long tradition of advancements in virtually every area of medicine with doctors that continue to pioneer new efforts in several areas, including cancer, cardiology, obstetrics and emergency services. These accomplishments are the result of listening to patients and responding with new ideas in care and treatment. The Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians in a wide array of specialties. In a typical year, the physicians and highly skilled nursing staff care for more than 20,000 inpatients, 149,000 outpatients and 35,000 emergency patients, and handle 142,000 patient visits to primary care and specialty centers. Located in the Lakeview neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, Illinois Masonic Medical also is home to one of the Chicago area's leading Level I trauma centers.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital
Children’s Memorial Hospital (www.luriechildrens.org) is region’s top provider of pediatric specialty care, dedicated to the health and well-being of all children and inspired by the courage of children and families. In June 2012, Children’s Memorial’s main hospital moved to 225 E Chicago Avenue and became Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. This new 23-story, state-of-the-art hospital helps further the mission to provide superior care to the region’s most critically ill and injured children. This new name recognizes philanthropist Ann Lurie’s $100-million gift that is helping the hospital engage patients, families and the community create an innovative and family-centered environment that will provide kids with access to the best in pediatric medicine and research—top pediatric specialists, advanced treatments and the latest technologies. Lurie Children’s is designed to be “green” and increase patient safety, speed healing and make care more efficient.

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