Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital's Plan for Grayslake Freestanding Emergency Center Advances
Lake Forest Hospital March 07, 2007
Legislation clears committee hurdle; garners bipartisan support
LAKE FOREST, IL – An Illinois Senate committee today approved a plan that would allow Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital to bring much-needed emergency medical services to the north and western portions of Lake County.
The legislation, introduced by state Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest), would allow Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital to expand its acute care center to a freestanding emergency center at the Grayslake campus.
“Critically injured patients will spend less time in an ambulance if an emergency room is closer to their doorstep,” said Thomas J. McAfee, president and chief executive officer of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, who traveled to Springfield to support the bill. “I’m glad to see such broad support for our plan in Springfield and back home.”
Once approved by the General Assembly and a state planning board, the Grayslake freestanding emergency center could be operational by the end of 2007.
The current site has been home to the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Outpatient & Acute Care Center, located at 1475 E. Belvidere Road, for three years. The center is open 16.5 hours a day and treats more than 21,000 patients each year, and is staffed by Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s board-certified emergency physicians and trauma-trained registered nurses.
The facility would operate 24 hours a day under the new plan, with enhanced emergency capabilities, including ambulance bays and a helipad.
The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.