New Cancer Center and Outpatient Surgery Center "Topped Off"
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital April 09, 2010
LAKE FOREST, IL – More health services are on their way to northwest Lake County. Construction is progressing on Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital’s outpatient surgery center and cancer center at its Grayslake campus. Hospital staff and local officials gathered this week to sign the last steel beam and celebrate its placement atop the structure.
“In just a short time, we will welcome patients to our new outpatient surgery and cancer centers,” said Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital President Thomas J. McAfee. “This important investment is part of our continuing commitment to northwest Lake County and will bring top-of-the-line services, convenience, and the compassionate care our patients trust.”
The $49 million project will add four 500-square-foot outpatient operating suites and an 8,750 square-foot cancer center, which will include infusion and radiation therapy services.
“This is a great achievement for our cancer patients,” said Joseph Imperato, MD, FACR, Medical Director of the Center for Advanced Radiation Medicine. “The cancer center will offer the most advanced treatments available today and enhanced access to clinical trials. Its location will allow our patients to be treated close to home, where they will benefit from the support of friends and family.”
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital’s accomplished board-certified surgeons, anesthesiologists and cancer specialists will staff the centers, which will be open during regular business hours.
“As technology advances, more and more surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures,” said Stephen Ganshirt, MD, Chair of the Department of Surgery and Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. “This new facility will feature minimally invasive equipment and is in line with current and future needs, not to mention that it’s closer to home for many of our patients.”
Fundraising for the Grayslake addition is underway. Local residents can support the campus expansion by purchasing bricks that will be placed in a plaza outside the new surgery center by contacting the Office of Philanthropy at 847-535-6111.
The hospital’s Northwestern Medicine Grayslake campus, located at 1475 E. Belvidere Rd., already operates one of the state’s first freestanding Emergency Centers on site. The accepts BLS (Basic Life Support) ambulances and features 14 emergency treatment beds.
Other services available at the Grayslake campus include advanced diagnostic imaging, cardiac testing, and physical and speech therapy.