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The healthcare community in Buffalo Grove grew in mid-summer of 2009 with the addition of Affinity Healthcare’s brand new, state-of-the-art medical office building at 1450 Busch Parkway. According to Jacqueline Speckin, chief marketing officer, “Our goal was to create a comprehensive medical center that would house several types of healthcare practices under one roof for convenient access by patients in our northwest Chicago suburban service area.”

Affinity Healthcare itself is a fairly recent addition to the local healthcare scene. The multi-specialty medical group practice was created in December of 2007 as a result of the merger between Greater Northwest Medical Group (which began operating in Buffalo Grove more than 25 years ago), North Suburban Internists and Adult Care Specialists.

The decision to establish the new medical office building in Buffalo Grove came down to one thing: location. “When we first began the process of choosing a site for the building, we were presented with several options in the northwest suburbs,” explains Speckin. “But we always came back to Buffalo Grove.”

The selected location provides an attractive blend of aesthetic landscaping, ample space and easy access for patients. The single-story, 64,860-square-foot facility sits upon 6.3 acres within The Corporate Grove business park, which is positioned just off Milwaukee Avenue and near I-94 and I-294.

Construction on the medical center began at the end of August of 2008, with completion at the end of July of 2009. The builder, McShane Construction, and architects/designers from Marasco & Associates, Inc. and Partners in Design came together to create a Class A facility that now houses several Affinity Healthcare practice groups. Occupying space within the building are Internal Medicine/Family Practice, Diagnostic Imaging and the group’s second Immediate Care Center. Additional tenants conveniently located in the new facility include the Ear, Nose & Throat Center, Quest Diagnostics, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, Northwest Suburban Urologists, Sanders Court Pediatrics, Ltd. and WomanCare, PC.

Approximately 10,000 Affinity Healthcare patients currently reside in Buffalo Grove, furthering the importance of this new addition in the community. The other medical practices housed within the medical center provide added benefits for patients, as does the Immediate Care Center, which is open to all community members aged 14 and up. “We believe our building location will also be convenient for employees or guests of surrounding businesses in Buffalo Grove in need of walk-in urgent care for non-threatening injuries and illnesses,” says Speckin.

Affinity Healthcare in the Community

According to Speckin, when Affinity Healthcare was created, it chose the word “affinity” due to its definition as a “close connection” or “kinship” marked by common interest or similarity. “Our name stands for our dedication to developing close connections with our patients, our community and our co-workers,” she states.

Affinity Healthcare is a two-year member of the Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and has since participated at the organization’s Business Expo held during the annual Buffalo Grove Days Festival. Affinity works with the local police department to provide officers with a personalized Cardiac Screening program and was the sponsor of the American Diabetes “Stepout Walk for Diabetes” at Didier Farms in October of 2009. Participants at this event raised more than $5,100 to benefit community members with diabetes. Additionally, Affinity provides free Community Health Seminars on various health topics, as well as blood pressure readings at the Village of Buffalo Grove Health Fair and on-site Lifesource Blood Drives and vascular screenings through Lifeline Screening.

Other Happenings in the
Buffalo Grove Area’s Healthcare Community

Northwest Community Hospital’s South Pavilion
Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) in neighboring Arlington Heights is in the midst of its most ambitious expansion project. Noted as one of the busiest hospitals in the state, the demand for additional space and resources was unmistakable. Thus, in July 2007, NCH broke ground on its $250 million redevelopment project, with the centerpiece being the eight-story South Pavilion, facing Central Road.

Opened on May 1, 2010, the South Pavilion adds approximately 250,000 square feet of space to the hospital and 200 private patient rooms, bringing the total licensed bed count to 488. The state-of-the-art South Pavilion incorporates strategically placed nursing stations and features a green design, with hopes of achieving LEED Silver Certification.

The South Pavilion’s ground floor features an enhanced Level II Trauma Center and Emergency Department, which opened in September 2009. A new 30-bed Critical Care Unit is situated just above the ED, with two floors of the building occupied by expanded maternity services. The four top floors are reserved for surgical and cancer patients.

Advocate Condell Medical Center
Approximately 11 miles north of Buffalo Grove is Libertyville, home to the highly rated Advocate Condell Medical Center. In May of 2009, Advocate Condell Medical Center received full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. A few months later, on October 1, 2009, Advocate Condell Medical Center became one of 18 hospitals in the state, and the only hospital in Lake County, to earn designation as a Level I Trauma Center—the highest level of emergency care. Formerly a Level II Trauma Center, Advocate Condell Medical Center is noted as one of the nation’s busiest trauma centers, with a presence among the top third for the number of trauma patients treated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, trauma is the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 44—making this designation all the more important for patients located within this region

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