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Emergency Medicine

Northwestern Medicine board-certified emergency specialists create individualized diagnostic plans to ensure the highest quality of care.

If you require emergency medical attention, please call 911 to access your local emergency services.


Northwestern Medicine offers comprehensive emergency services and the highest level of care to any patient with any condition at multiple locations throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs. We have designated centers for cardiac emergencies, stroke and trauma.

The goal of emergency and trauma treatment is to stabilize patients and help them through the acute phase of their illness or injury. Northwestern Medicine uses advanced diagnostic testing and imaging services along with emergency care specialists1 for evaluation and treatment of complicated medical conditions. When timely expert care is needed, Northwestern Medicine Emergency Medicine offers a full range of specialists, technologies and systems.

Emergency and trauma services near you

Whether you are near the Level I Trauma Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital or the Level II Trauma Centers in the northern and western suburbs, Northwestern Medicine board-certified emergency specialists1 will create individualized diagnostic plans to ensure the highest quality of care. From the warm, comforting reception areas to the high-tech patient care and diagnostic rooms, you will see that the emphasis is on the expertise and efficiency of your care as well as your comfort and privacy.

Not sure if you need to go to the Emergency Department?  Learn about symptoms or conditions that will determine the level of care you need.

Find location and contact information for our emergency and trauma centers below.

Level I Trauma and Stroke Center

The Emergency Department at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is certified as a Level I trauma center and stroke center. Northwestern Memorial also offers high-quality specialty emergency and trauma services.

Having a Level I designation means that the Emergency Department at Northwestern Memorial has demonstrated that it has trained and capable personnel available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for diagnosing and treating the most critically injured patients with life-threatening injuries. As a Level I facility, we are capable of providing total care for every aspect of an injury, from prevention to intensive care to rehabilitation.

We are also prepared to provide specialized care in all types of emergencies, including statewide and region-wide emergencies. To learn more about the criteria to be designated as a Level I trauma center, view the related Illinois State Administrative Code.

Level II Trauma Center at Lake Forest Hospital

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital is a Level II Trauma Center staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians who are trained and equipped to stabilize patients who have undergone major trauma or who are suffering from a heart attack, stroke or other health emergency.

In the area of pediatric emergency care, we hold a distinguished pediatric certification—Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics—awarded by Emergency Medical Services for Children in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health. This certification means we can provide superior emergency care to children in the form of preventive, acute and rehabilitative services.

Lake Forest Hospital is the only hospital in Lake County with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago pediatric hospitalists on staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist in the care of ill children. All our Emergency Department nurses are certified in pediatric advanced life support.

Grayslake Emergency Center

The Grayslake Emergency Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has 14 emergency treatment beds, staffed by board-certified emergency physicians, nurse practitioners, advanced life support technicians and certified nurses who providing a full range of emergency services care.

An ambulance is onsite 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Grayslake to transport patients to Lake Forest Hospital or other area hospitals, if needed.

Level II Trauma Centers at Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital

You’ll find comfort and confidence in knowing that Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) and Delnor Hospital (Delnor) are regional leaders in providing emergency and trauma care, with several notable distinctions:

  • CDH is one of the first medical centers in Illinois to earn the Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation by the Joint Commission. CDH receives stroke patient transfers from more than 30 hospitals in Chicago’s western suburbs.
  • CDH and Delnor are two of only 61 Level II Trauma Centers in Illinois. Physician specialists on the medical staffs of CDH and Delnor are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week along with the skilled staff and advanced technology to handle acute critical care.
  • CDH is accredited as a Chest Pain Center with PCI. Your advanced heart care starts in the ED and continues with experienced and highly ranked heart care specialists.
  • CDH and Delnor treat more than 50,000 trauma patients each year.
  • The CDH Pediatric Emergency Department of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago2 is IDPH Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) and is a Level II Trauma Center with advanced technologies in a child-focused environment.

In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, some of the physician(s) and/or individual(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.


Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital is a collaborative program between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Lurie Children's and its affiliated physician groups. The physicians participating in this program are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.