Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board Grants Approval for Northwestern Medicine's New Lake Forest Hospital
“We are pleased to have this approval which is a significant step forward for construction to start this fall,” said Thomas J. McAfee, president of Lake Forest Hospital. “Our new hospital and redesigned campus will be a destination for health, wellness and community enjoyment for the people of Lake County and will provide our patients with access to quality care, medical experts and exceptional service as well as a seamless pathway to Northwestern Medicine specialty care.”
The thoughtful redesign of the 160-acre campus integrates medical care with health and wellness through linked walking and biking trails to the Lake Forest Health and Fitness Center, as well as a new common area for community activity and enjoyment. Drawing upon Northwestern Medicine’s commitment to sustainability and green design, 72 percent of the campus will be maintained as open space. The new hospital is the first phase of the campus redevelopment project; LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit trade organization that promotes sustainability in construction, is being pursued.
The Lake Forest City Council approved the campus redesign in January after an 18-month review and approval by the city’s Plan Commission, and input from the public and guidance by a city-appointed Hospital Advisory Committee.