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As this North Shore area continues to grow and develop, the demand for further, more modern services are becoming prevalent—a characteristic that is greatly felt in the healthcare sector. To meet these increasing needs, one of the area’s leading healthcare providers has significantly transformed itself, its facilities and its services.

Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (ENH) unveiled a new name and brand in September 2008 in order to reflect its growth over the years and its commitment to keeping up with the demands of today. Now known as NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), this esteemed healthcare provider has evolved greatly since its establishment more than 115 years ago, extending its services to reach people across the North Shore area. The new name not only represents its geographic market area but also the fact that it is equipped with all of the components of a high quality, integrated healthcare delivery system. From state-of-the-art hospital campuses, a knowledgeable medical group of physicians and staff and home care services to innovative clinical research, advanced technology, a new teaching affiliation with the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and more, NorthShore University HealthSystem is at the top of its game.

Northbrook residents are fortunate to be served by NorthShore’s Glenbrook Hospital, a 153-bed facility located in nearby Glenview. Opened in 1977, Glenbrook Hospital provides its patients with a diverse range of leading-edge medical services unique to its size. Sophisticated programs in cardiac care and neurological services, total hip and knee replacement, memory assessment, the new Nolan Center for Breast Health, a Parkinson’s Disease clinic, the Eye and Vision Center, an exceptional GI suite, and a Level II Trauma Center, have placed Glenbrook Hospital at the top of the list when it comes to trusted medical resources on the North Shore.

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In order to keep up with the growing community, Glenbrook Hospital has instituted two major renovation and expansion projects in the last several years. First, in 2002, the hospital focused on expanding inpatient capacity, explained Douglas Silverstein, President of NorthShore’s Glenbrook Hospital.

Important elements of the 2002 project included the construction of 24 additional private medical surgical rooms, a state-of-the-art 12-bed intensive care unit (ICU) that recently expanded to 17 beds, the establishment of four additional major operating rooms (OR) and one minor OR, as well as a new post-anesthesia care unit, same-day surgery suite, gastroenterology (GI) lab, and a new main entrance to the hospital.

This year, the hospital will continue on its path to providing its patient-base with the most up-to-date facilities and modern technology with another large-scale expansion project. Groundbreaking on the $100 million project is scheduled for early fall. The roughly three-year project will be completed in summer 2012. “The 2009 project, as was the case with the 2002 project, is necessary so that Glenbrook Hospital can effectively meet the healthcare needs of the growing communities it serves,” stated Silverstein.

“During the last 10 years, we have seen tremendous growth in the breadth of both our inpatient and outpatient services at Glenbrook Hospital. The communities we serve have grown significantly as well,” continued Silverstein. “To accommodate a growing demographic and an aging population, it is imperative that we have first-class facilities, top-notch physicians, and state-of-the-art technology. It is our responsibility to make sure we are able to continue to provide the outstanding medical care to which our patients have become accustomed.”

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The 2009 project will focus primarily on expanding outpatient-related services on the west and north ends of the hospital campus. In total, the entire project, including new and remodeled construction, will span approximately 250,000 square feet. Major components of the project include the following:

Construction of a new 22,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Emergency Room with 30 private rooms. “With the exception of a few modifications in recent years, the original Emergency Room has remained unchanged since it was built as part of the original hospital in 1977,” explained Silverstein.

A new, three-story, 90,000-square-foot medical office building (MOB), which will be located on the campus’ west side. The new facility will house both primary care and subspecialty physician practices. “Glenbrook’s two existing medical office buildings are already at capacity,” noted Silverstein. “The first floor of the new MOB will be dedicated to a vastly expanded Kellogg Cancer Care Center to serve our oncology patient population.”

A new west entrance to the campus, which will be built just south of the new MOB. The existing south entrance will be closed in order to incorporate further radiology and cardiology services, including expanded Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT) services, along with cardiac catheterization and interventional radiology labs.

A new rear access road designated for emergency vehicles and service trucks, and expanded public parking spaces on the west side of the campus.

“Our expansion project will go a long way in allowing us to ensure that we continue our 32-year tradition of outstanding medical care,” said Silverstein. “It is reassuring to know that so many people in the communities we serve have entrusted us with providing their healthcare services.”

Stay tuned for updates on the expansion project!

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