Access to the highest quality healthcare has always been an important part of life in the Greater O’Hare region. Several hundred of the best physicians, dentists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners and other medical specialists in Illinois have chosen to practice in the area. All specialties are represented.
The area is served by eight full-service hospitals, including two Level I Trauma Centers, which offer all essential services in-house. Most of the other hospitals are Level II Trauma Centers, which offer most essential services and 24-hour emergency care.
Alexian Brothers Health System, headquartered in Elk Grove Village, was named a “top 20” health system in the U.S. by the Governance Institute. Other hospitals in the area include Lutheran General in Park Ridge, Central DuPage Health Systems in Winfield, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines and Northwest Community Health Care Center in Arlington Heights.
The area also has a variety of retirement and assisted living facilities, from traditional nursing homes to equity investment retirement communities.
County and municipal health departments, townships and senior centers offer a variety of services — including immunizations, cholesterol screening and blood pressure screening. Nurses’ associations and other nonprofit agencies offer free use of wheelchairs, walkers and other supplies.