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Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Palliative Care

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Palliative care, also known as palliative medicine, is about improving quality of life, providing an extra layer of support and having a team focus on patient care when facing a serious illness.

Palliative care services aim to improve quality of life by relieving the symptoms associated with serious illness. It can begin at any stage of a life-altering illness to help people:

  • Live with illness
  • Manage the effects of aggressive, curative treatment
  • Find ways to handle day-to-day challenges

Palliative care can help shift the medical approach from crisis intervention to crisis prevention; for example, good symptom management may help avoid an unwanted hospitalization.

Palliative care also aims to provide support for you and your loved ones as you face the uncertainty that comes with serious illness. Whether it's questions about your treatment choices or advance care planning, we partner with you and your family to navigate your care.

If you have cancerheart diseasemultiple sclerosisALSCOPD or emphysema, or any other serious illness, uncontrolled symptoms can hinder your body’s ability to heal. The board-certified Northwestern Medicine Palliative Care specialists at Lake Forest Hospital:

  • Work with your treatment team and caregivers to provide an extra layer of support to help you find relief from symptoms, pain and stress
  • Provide care and assistance for a broad range of physical, emotional, spiritual and social concerns that you and your loved ones may face

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.

As always, patients and visitors to the medical office buildings are encouraged to take advantage of our complimentary valet service, located at the main hospital and the main entrances of the Bays (900) and the McGaw (800) Medical Buildings.

Valet Parking is complimentary and available during the following hours:

  • 900 Building Entrance 7:30 am–5:00 pm
  • 800 Building Entrance 7:30 am–5:00 pm
  • Hospital Main Entrance 5:30 am–5:00 pm

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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.

Worship Services

Lake Forest Hospital Chapel

During construction, the hospital chapel located in the southeast corner of the hospital in Pavilion F is closed for construction. A temporary chapel is in the Waud Family Pavilion (Pavilion E) near the 2nd Floor Family Waiting Area. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The chapel provides space for prayer, reflection and meditation. All people and all faith traditions are welcome. Spiritual items such as sacred texts, prayer rugs, rosaries and prayer books are available.


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Why Choose Us

Northwestern Medicine is proud to have five hospitals ranked among “America’s Best” by U.S. News & World Report for 2023-24. Anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the only Illinois hospital on the national Honor Roll for 12 straight years, 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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