Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Dedicates Lake County's First Emergency Center
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital September 14, 2009
GRAYSLAKE, IL — As a result of new legislation approved in 2008, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital dedicated its new Freestanding Emergency Center in Grayslake today. The hospital received state approval for an FEC last November and is awaiting licensure with the Illinois Department of Public Health.
“The State of Illinois recognized the immense value of Freestanding Emergency Centers,” said Thomas J. McAfee, President and CEO of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. “Now ambulances no longer have to bypass our Grayslake facility. The Emergency Center will provide northwest Lake County residents with the additional emergency services they need.”
Freestanding Emergency Centers provide efficient emergency care, since 85% of emergency patients do not require hospital admission. For example, patients with broken bones, food poisoning and the flu can receive quality emergency care close to home at an FEC.
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s Emergency Center is located in Grayslake at 1475 E. Belvidere Rd., which was previously operated as a 24-hour Acute Care Center. With an FEC designation, the facility will reopen as an Emergency Center and be able to accept BLS (basic life support) emergency patients who come in via ambulance.
Board-certified emergency physicians and certified nurses from Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital will continue to staff the facility. The Grayslake Emergency Center features 14 emergency treatment beds in addition to the necessary ancillary services on-site, including advanced diagnostic imaging, cardiac testing, speech and physical therapy.