Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Seeks State Approval to Offer Outpatient Surgery and Cancer Center at Grayslake Facility
Lake Forest Hospital May 15, 2008
GRAYSLAKE, IL – Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital today announced its next step in a long-term commitment to improve health care access in northwest Lake County.
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital has submitted its application to develop an ambulatory surgical treatment center (ASTC) and an outpatient cancer center at the site of its Grayslake Outpatient & Acute Care Center, located at 1475 E. Belvidere Road. Residents of this fast-growing sector of the county could soon be able to schedule outpatient surgeries closer to home, instead of traveling to a hospital for the procedure. “As technology advances, many surgical procedures no longer require an inpatient stay,” said Thomas J. McAfee, President and CEO of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. “The ASTC will allow residents in the northwest part of the county to enjoy lower costs and easier scheduling without adding beds or duplicating the services provided at our community hospitals.” The proposal, which requires state approval, would also bring outpatient oncology and radiation services to the area for the first time. Patients will be able to undergo radiation therapy and chemotherapy infusion at the Grayslake campus instead of traveling to Lake Forest. These services are a critical part of cancer treatment, which most patients undergo weekly. The intensity of the procedures means patients must rely on family or friends to drive them to and from these appointments each week. Shawn Holt, an Antioch resident who serves as Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s director of patient financial services, recently underwent treatment for breast cancer, relying on her sister to drive between her home and the hospital. “The doctors and nurses in the outpatient oncology and radiation department made my weekly visits feel personal instead of like an invasive medical procedure,” she said. “Having this same experience available within ten minutes of my home would be a wonderful thing. It makes a great difference for anyone else who must go through this experience.” The Grayslake site opened in 2004; the acute care center recently expanded its hours and now treats patients 24 hours a day. The surgery center and cancer center project will cost $65 million and will add four 500-square-foot operating suites. The center will be used by Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s accomplished surgeons and anesthesiologists during regular business hours. “Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is committed to bringing state-of-the-art technology and compassionate care to every town that we serve,” said Mathew T. Koschmann, Vice President for Strategic Planning and External Affairs. “Expanding our surgical services in Grayslake is a perfect example of this mission being put into action.” While the surgery center has long been part of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s business plan, the hospital required a certain volume of patients to be able to move forward with the proposal. As a not-for-profit community hospital, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital treats every patient who walks through its doors. The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board must approve the surgery center proposal. Pending approval, hospital officials expect the surgery center to open in late 2010.
Lake Forest Hospital is committed to providing the communities we serve the highest quality health care through exceptional access to state-of-the-art clinical services with compassionate and personal care.