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Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Emergency Department

In Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

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.

When to seek emergency care

Call 911 if you:

  • Have a life-threatening injury/illness
  • Experience head, neck or back trauma, or other major trauma
  • Fear you or the patient may need medical attention before you can get to the hospital, or you have doubts about your ability to drive safely to the emergency room
  • Have physical limitations preventing you from getting you or the patient to the hospital

Seek treatment from an emergency room in the following situations:

  • Poisoning
  • Abdominal pain with fever
  • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
  • Severe burns
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Dehydration
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness
  • Stroke
  • Severe head wound
  • Major trauma
  • Difficulty breathing or bluish look around the mouth
  • Sudden dizziness or weakness
  • Seizures
  • Possible suicide or mental disorder
  • Foreign object swallowed or otherwise lodged in the body
  • Severe and/or persistent vomiting

Parents: To be prepared in the event that your child may need to go to the Emergency Department before you can arrive, complete this Parental Consent: Emergency Release form and leave it where it can be found easily by a teacher, neighbor or babysitter.

Parking and Transportation

The hospital Main Entrance is located at 1000 North Westmoreland Road. Both valet and self-parking options are available in Parking Lots 1 and 2.

Patients of the Cancer Center can use the hospital’s dedicated North Entrance and Parking Lot 1.

The Emergency Department and Maternity Services are located inside the hospital’s South Entrance. A circle drive can be used for patient drop-off, while close self-parking is available in Lot 3.

Patient parking for the Bays and McGaw medical office buildings is located just east of the McGaw Medical Building. Patients and visitors can also park in a new lot adjacent to the 700 building.

Parking Rates

Standard Parking

Up to 7 Hours: Free 7 to 24 Hours: Free

Patient and Visitor Information

Hours of Operation

Monday
Open 24 hours
Tuesday
Open 24 hours
Wednesday
Open 24 hours
Thursday
Open 24 hours
Friday
Open 24 hours
Saturday
Open 24 hours
Sunday
Open 24 hours
Lake Forest Hospital offers several amenities, including a flower and gift shop, online services, and food and beverage options, for your convenience. Download our Services and Amenities Map.

Why Choose Us

Northwestern Medicine facilities offer access to world-class patient care across the greater Chicagoland area and Northern Illinois. Anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the No. 1 hospital in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report, our clinical and administrative staff and medical and science faculty come together every day with a shared commitment to superior quality, academic excellence, scientific discovery and patient safety.

With Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, we’re dedicated to consistently providing high-quality, cost-effective, patient-focused care. We seek to improve the health of the communities, individuals, family and friends we serve by delivering a broad range of services with leading medicine and compassion. Because what makes us better, makes you better.

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