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Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital is a community hospital in Lake Forest, Illinois, that provides patients with access to primary, specialty and emergency care, medical experts and exceptional service as well as a seamless pathway to specialty care from throughout the Northwestern Medicine network. This pathway includes access to leading-edge clinical trials through Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, an integration that also fosters an environment of world-class patient care, academic inquiry and innovative research..
Over 700 physicians practice at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, board-certified in 68 medical specialties included recognized geriatrics, orthopaedics and urology departments.
A new Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital and redesigned campus will open in March of 2018. The new hospital will provide access to world-class, breakthrough medicine to the region in a state-of-the-art facility that uses its natural surroundings to create a healing environment for patients and staff.
The new facility will house 114 private inpatient rooms, each designed with the same layout, creating greater clinical flexibility and efficiency for the care team. The welcoming, tranquil environment will feature large windows with natural light, increased privacy for patients and visitors, a reduction in ambient noise, and the use of natural, environmentally friendly materials.
The thoughtful design of the 160-acre campus integrates medical care with nature and wellness, featuring 7,000 feet of walking and biking trails and serene views. The campus and hospital facility are also designed for flexibility, allowing for technology upgrades and future growth.
Learn more about the new Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, including a project overview and renderings of the new campus.
For a list of the Northwestern Medical Group physicians at Lake Forest Hospital, download this PDF.
While the main hospital will open in March 2018, some specialties have already moved to our new location at 1000 North Westmoreland Road, Lake Forest, Illinois, 60045.
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Neurosciences and Orthopaedics
For your convenience, parking, patient drop-off area and valet are all located at the main entrance. Download the pdf for a campus map.
Please ask your care provider if you have any questions about your appointment locations.
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Specialties Now Open in Our New Location
For your convenience, parking, patient drop-off area and valet are all located at the main entrance. Download the pdf for a campus map.
Visits from family and friends can bring patients the warmth, comfort, encouragement and support they need to heal. Northwestern Medicine encourages you to spend time with your loved ones and friends during their hospital stay.
Lake Forest Hospital offers several amenities, including a flower and gift shop, online services, and food and beverage options, for your convenience.
Local services are available to accommodate your needs during your visit at Lake Forest Hospital.
Northwestern Medicine is creating a new, state-of-the-art Lake Forest Hospital and redesigned campus that will be a destination for health, wellness and civic enjoyment. During construction, parking for the hospital will remain unchanged. Parking remains on Westmoreland Road, in front of the existing hospital.
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 hours are as follows:
Visitors play an important role in helping patients recover. To maintain a healing environment and enable patients to rest, however, we ask that family and friends honor the following hours and guidelines for visits.
Each patient will be informed of his/her visitation rights. Patients may withdraw or deny consent to calls and visitors at any time. Visitors are not restricted, limited or otherwise denied visitation privileges based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, Vietnam or other veteran status or any other status protected by relevant law.
General visiting hours: 11 am–8 pm
Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult other than the patient.
A maximum of two visitors per patient are allowed at one time.
Please review the following exceptions to our general visitor guidelines:
To ensure a healthy, healing environment for patients at Lake Forest Hospital, please observe these visitor guidelines:
You and your family will be surrounded by the support of distinguished physicians, highly trained nurses and other care providers who are committed to your baby’s and family's well-being.
Important news about delivering on and after March 3. Please download the PDF.
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital recommends that you complete your delivery registration before your seventh month of pregnancy. To reserve your admission, complete your delivery registration online.
To complete your registration you will need to download, print and fill out the following forms.
Fax or mail forms to:
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital
Hunter Family Center for Women's Health
660 N. Westmoreland Road
second floor, Labor and Delivery
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Providing you and your baby with the best beginning is our utmost priority. Our board-certified obstetrician/gynecologists deliver the most current medical expertise with old-fashioned, personalized attention. They provide optimal care with respect, compassion and responsiveness to you. These physicians listen to any concerns you have and take time to answer your questions. Your obstetrician will partner with you to plan and achieve the birth experience you want.
Lake Forest Hospital features state-of-the-art resources for testing and treatment throughout pregnancy and childbirth. Our sophisticated diagnostic capabilities and advanced monitoring identify unexpected issues as early as possible. Lake Forest Hospital was one of the first hospitals in Lake County with onsite maternal fetal medicine specialists (obstetricians with advanced training for higher-risk pregnancies). These physicians provide care for maternal complications, such as pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes.
Neonatologists (physicians who specialize in the treatment of premature infants) from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago are onsite seven days a week. They are available to step in if we detect an issue during your baby’s prenatal development or for medically managing babies born prematurely in our Level II+ Special Care Nursery.
Additionally, a pediatric hospitalist from Lurie Children’s Hospital is onsite 24/7 to assist the obstetricians with high-risk births. If your newborn requires surgery, intensive care, diagnostic imaging or other special services, the pediatric hospitalist will coordinate services and assist as needed.
Childbirth is an experience unique to each woman and family, and we understand that you may have certain requests regarding the birth of your child. Discussing and creating a birth plan with your physician in advance will help us ensure that your wishes are considered. Topics to discuss include the use of safe pain management medications, natural childbirth, the option to bank your child’s cord blood and the administration of routine vaccinations.
Our nurses are passionate about their role. Their blend of competence and compassion can make a real difference in your childbirth experience and your first moments with your new baby. They’ll encourage you, hold your hand and help ease you through the childbirth process. All of our labor and delivery nurses have advanced certification in fetal heart monitoring—a vital asset during delivery—as well as advanced cardiac life support.
Our nurses are helpful well before your delivery. While you’re pregnant, they offer instruction on prenatal care and childbirth expectations to prepare you for a healthy birthing experience. Afterward, your nurse can provide personalized guidance on infant care right in your room, such as tips for holding, bathing and soothing your baby. If you choose to breastfeed, they will also provide lactation support and education.
To provide exceptional care during your stay, our nurses conduct hourly rounding. This means they will check on you regularly, but they won’t wake you unless it’s necessary to monitor your clinical condition. Your nurses will keep you informed about procedures and tests, and they will discuss your pain management and mobility needs to help ensure your comfort. And when it’s time for a shift change, the outgoing nurse and incoming nurse will conduct a bedside report in your room so that you know your needs are accurately communicated.
Our Level II+ Special Care Nursery is certified for extended capabilities to address the needs of infants who require more specialized attention in their first few days, including infants born prematurely and/or stable ventilated babies.
We encourage you to “room in” with your baby. Keeping your baby nearby promotes bonding. Cuddling your baby, especially with skin-to-skin contact, nurtures the child’s emotional comfort, brain development, breathing and heart rate. Studies have shown that babies who are with their mothers cry less, soothe more quickly and get more rest. They also take in more breast milk, gain more weight per day and are less likely to develop jaundice.
We recognize the importance of newborn bonding to parents as well as other family members. Beginning soon after the delivery of your baby, we advocate skin-to-skin contact with your newborn. All new parents and grandparents are encouraged to hold the newborn baby this way for a minimum of 30 minutes, three times a day.
Hearing problems can interfere with a baby’s development. That’s why we test every baby’s hearing before discharge. Administered by an audiology specialist, our Universal Newborn Hearing Screening is a quick, painless and accurate method of assessing your baby’s hearing. We administer the test by placing a small probe in the ear canal and recording an “echo” from the inner ear. If there’s a problem, we can address it right away to minimize its impact on development.
During your hospital stay, a caregiver will provide additional information about this important screening.
At Lake Forest Hospital, we announce your baby’s birth in classical style by playing Brahm’s Lullaby throughout the hospital. We also provide the opportunity for you to create a timeless treasure of your baby’s first days with a keepsake photograph, captured in your private room surroundings, taken by professional photographers.
Commemorate your baby’s birth with a delicious celebration dinner for two ordered through Bedside Bistro, our room service program. You will enjoy treasured time together with a restaurant-quality meal of your choice, including champagne, if you’d like.
The arrival of a new baby is a blessed event, and often a stressful time, in the life of a family. The Pastoral Care department of Lake Forest Hospital provides blessings for babies and families, support for new moms and help for couples and families.
Should you need it, we also provide grief counseling and support. For your convenience, Lake Forest Hospital has a chapel that you can visit, or we are happy to call on you in the privacy of your room.
Doing what’s best for you and your baby sometimes takes guidance from others who have experience. With a full array of classes and supportive programs, Lake Forest Hospital helps families prepare for childbirth and the changes that your baby will bring.
We encourage you to take as many classes as you’d like. Choose from programs such as:
You also can take advantage of support programs after your baby arrives.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast milk as the healthiest option for babies’ nutrition and overall health. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital's nurses are trained to help you initiate breastfeeding with your newborn.
New mothers and their babies are invited to the New Moms Support Group to share and learn coping strategies. Topics include infant feedings, sleep patterns, changing family relationships and other areas of concern.
The New Moms Support Group is for mothers of babies two weeks to one year.
Register after the birth of your baby. This free class is for any mother of a new baby looking for support or wishing to network with other mothers. For more information or to join this group, please call 312.926.8400.
Great Beginnings at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital is just a start. Your child needs quality care from infancy through adolescence. Even before giving birth, it is important to select a pediatrician or family practitioner. When you deliver your baby, we notify your newborn’s physician, as your infant’s first pediatric exam occurs during your hospital stay.
Lake Forest Hospital can help refer you to the physician who is right for your family. Additionally, through a unique partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, we provide an even broader range of neonatology and pediatric specialty services for children of all ages.
Pediatric hospitalists from Lurie Children’s Hospital are onsite 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at Lake Forest Hospital. These Lurie Children’s Hospital physicians are board-certified in pediatrics, with extended training in the management of neonatal and pediatric inpatients. They assist the child’s primary care physician by providing consultation, admission and care during the child’s entire hospitalization, and are available for Emergency Department consultations as well. Hospitalists can assess your child’s needs and determine whether more intensive, long-term care at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago is necessary.
Also onsite are board-certified neonatologists from Lurie Children’s Hospital, providing care and support to our Special Care Nursery patients with extended capabilities. Through the collaboration of these physicians, the best in high-acuity care is provided for our newborns.
Military families have the opportunity to use the services of pediatric hospitalists at Lake Forest Hospital during their stay.
Learn more about the maternity services offered at the Hunter Family Center for Women's Health.
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital is pleased to have the support and guidance of our Patient Family Advisory Council Members. The Council is comprised of Hospital staff, Members of the Community and current or past patients or family members.
The Patient Family Advisory Council enriches the partnership between patients, families, and hospital/nursing leadership. This council serves to promote and enhance patient-family centered care through sharing personal perspectives, participating in improvement efforts to advance the patient's first experience, requesting presentations of particular interest, and providing recommendations for the promotion of health, wellness, and patient safety in the campus revitalization project.
The Council meets the 3rd Thursday of each month September – June from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm over dinner at the Health & Fitness Center on the hospital campus.
The meeting format includes guest presentation and discussion primary focused on improving the patient experience, and achieving patient safety and quality outcomes. Topics may include but not limited to Magnet redesignation, Electronic Medical Record (EMR), patient portal and campus revitalization.
The terms of membership are:
If you are interested in potentially becoming part of this Council, or want to learn more about the Council please contact the Hospital Chief Nursing Officer, Denise Majeski, MSN, RN, ACM-NE-BC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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