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How to Start a Transfer to Northwestern Memorial Hospital

  • Referring clinicians: Call 312.926.3321.
  • Patients and loved ones: Talk with your current physician care team to start a transfer.

Multidisciplinary Treatment From a Specialized Critical Care Team

Critical care physicians are also called intensivists. Our intensivists are fully certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. They also have a sub-specialty certification of critical care medicine.

The Northwestern Medicine Canning Thoracic Institute Critical Care Medicine team cares for patients with life-threatening illnesses including:

  • Pneumonia
  • Acute lung injury
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Liver failure
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Acute kidney failure and shock

Our teams work together and are supervised by intensivists and physicians who specialize in pulmonary disease. Our team includes physicians with expertise in:

  • Thoracic surgery
  • Radiology
  • Oncology
  • Cardiology

By working together, we can offer care that meets your needs.

Canning Thoracic Institute Intensive Care Units

In the ICUs, we care for patients who are critically ill and those who have life-threatening illnesses in the ICU. An intensivist will direct your care until you go home. They will work with other care team members to provide comprehensive care.

Our ICUs include:

  • Medical ICU
  • Cardiothoracic ICU
  • Surgical ICU
  • Inpatient Pulmonary Unit

Meet the Teams

A physician looks at a pulmonary scan of the lungs.
The Northwestern Medicine Critical Care Medicine Teams provide complete diagnostic and treatment services and facilities for patients with all types of diseases of the respiratory system.
Locations & Contact Information
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    What to Expect

    This guide will help you learn about Northwestern Memorial Hospital Medical Intensive Care Unit. It covers the type of care we provide.

    Lung Transplant Program

    The Northwestern Medicine Lung Transplant Program is dedicated to providing innovative services and a world-class patient experience through comprehensive transplant care. We offer a team approach to care for patients with advanced lung disease.

    Critical Care Clinical Trials

    Every new treatment starts as a clinical trial.