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Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women’s Hospital provides leading-edge medical care uniquely tailored to the needs of women in the heart of downtown Chicago. As the largest birthing center in Illinois, Prentice is known for gynecologic and pregnancy care, however, specialists cover every medical specialty to treat women in any stage of their life.
The Renée Schine Crown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a level III care unit (the highest possible designation) that provides state–of–the–art care for premature and seriously ill newborns. The hospital is also connected by bridge to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago allowing for caregiver collaboration and easy transfer of newborns with critical conditions.
In addition to a close relationship with Lurie Children’s, Prentice is also home to the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Center, part of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. The Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Center delivers leading edge and compassionate breast cancer care while educating women about their condition and options. The multidisciplinary team1 is dedicated to meeting the medical and emotional needs of patients and their families, providing diagnostic services, treatment and support. Through a relationship with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, experts in the field of breast health provide research, academic and clinical leadership to patients and the community.
As part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the nurses at Prentice are recognized with the hospital’s Magnet®2 recognition, the gold-standard for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women's Hospital is home to a number of parent-focused classes and services. Expectant parents can arrange to take a tour of the labor, delivery and postpartum floors to gain familiarity with the location and the hospital hosts a number of classes aimed at new moms and dads.
The hospital can accommodate 13,600 births annually and the comprehensive facility includes patient care units, diagnostic and therapeutic departments, ambulatory care, administrative services, and physician offices.
As part of the downtown medical campus of Northwestern Memorial, Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women's Hospital is in close proximity to the Feinberg Pavilion, the Galter Pavilion, the Olson Pavilion, the Arkes Family Pavilion, Lavin Family Pavilion and a number of other facilities and physician offices. The campus is designed to be a health and wellness destination and a launch pad for community involvement. In addition to providing medical services, buildings on the campus are also home to restaurants, retail stores and pharmacies that have been handpicked based on community feedback to provide both healthy and local choices. The campus also provides spaces for educational seminars, wellness classes and other events dedicated to the health of the community.
There are multiple transportation options to serve you.
Find convenient transportation to and from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, including taxis, public transit and train transportation.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) provides the City of Chicago and 40 neighboring communities regional transportation by bus and rail ('L' train). For specific connection information, visit the CTA website3 or call 888.YOUR.CTA.
Metra provides commuter train transportation to more than 100 suburban communities on 11 train lines to five stations in downtown Chicago. For specific connection information, visit the Metra website3 or call 312.322.6900.
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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.
Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women's Hospital offers several amenities, including flower and gift shops, online services and food and beverage options, for your convenience.
Local services are available to accommodate your needs during your visit at Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women's Hospital.
Parking is available at discounted rates for patients and visitors of Prentice Women's Hospital.
Parking garage tickets must be validated each time a car is parked. Without validation, regular garage rates will apply. You can validate your ticket at the customer services desk in the main lobby.
The main parking structure is located at 222 E. Huron St. (Parking A). Located between Superior and Huron streets, the public garage is across from Feinberg and Galter Pavilions. Second-floor bridges connect the garage to both pavilions.
Patients can also park at 259 E. Erie St. (Parking B) and 321 E. Ontario St. (Parking C and D) for the same discounted rate. There is a bridge connecting Parking B and C to the Feinberg Pavilion.
Parking B is located within the Lavin Family Pavilion at 259 E. Erie St.
Parking C and D are located between Erie and Ontario streets. The public garage is located on the southeast corner across from the Feinberg Pavilion.
Valet parking services2 are conveniently offered to patients and their visitors at the front entrance of the Lavin Family Pavilion and Prentice Women's Hospital. Valet rates are:
Valet at each location
Download a parking map.
Visitors play an important role in helping patients recover. The following information outlines guidelines for visitors.
Daily: 9:00 am–8:30 pm
Please review the following guidelines if you are visiting a specialized care unit.
Antepartum and Postpartum Unit visitor information
Labor and Delivery Unit
Four visitors per patient are permitted on the unit, with the exception of the OR area, where only one visitor per patient is permitted.
One visitor is permitted with the patient.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
To help prevent the spread of germs, each time you enter the NICU, please follow these steps:
To find a patient, please call our hospital operators at 312.926.2000.
Prentice Women’s Hospital offers a variety of resources to help you prepare for the birth of your child.
View your prenatal visit schedule.
For more information about delivering your baby at Prentice Women’s Hospital, or to schedule an appointment, please call 312.926.2000.
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