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From babies and births to broken bones, cardiac and cancer care, to the most sophisticated medical treatments and technology, a number of top tier health care providers and facilities serve the Wood Dale community. Humble horse-and-buggy beginnings of yesteryear have paved the way for today’s premier health systems offering proactive community health services.

AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center / GlenOaks
701 Winthrop Ave. Glendale Heights (630) 545-8000

Then: In the early 1970s, Glendale Heights leaders rallied to develop a hospital to provide much needed health care services to the community. Residents formed the Glendale Heights Community Hospital Auxiliary and held fundraisers in anticipation of construction. Developer Harold Reskin donated five acres of land and the hospital purchased the other 10 acres of land that originally housed the childhood home of Merle Reskin, a founding father of Glendale Heights. A groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital was held on Dec. 18, 1977, and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital officially opened as Glendale Heights Community Hospital on March 9, 1980.

Now: For more than 30 years, AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, GlenOaks has provided personalized, compassionate care in Chicago’s western suburbs. Part of AMITA Health, the medical center is a certified Primary Stroke Center, certified Chest Pain Center and Level II Trauma Center.

GlenOaks has more than 350 physicians on staff offering a full range of services, including emergency care, cardiology and cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, interventional radiology, surgery, oncology, diagnostic imaging, behavioral health, orthopedics, obstetrics and more. AMITA Health GlenOaks received the 2016 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, which recognizes excellence in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications.

In addition, GlenOaks earned a spot on The Leapfrog Group’s list of 98 Top Hospitals. Top Hospitals perform at the highest levels nationally based on Leapfrog’s rigorous quality and safety standards. AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, GlenOaks is located north of North Avenue and south of Army Trail Road in nearby Glendale Heights.

AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center /
Elk Grove Village

800 E. Biesterfield Rd. Elk Grove Village (847) 437-5500

Then: Although only the first three floors were completed in 1966, members of the Alexian Brothers were anxious to show their new Elk Grove Village hospital to the community. Doors opened to the public May 14 for a sneak preview. Originally built as a seven-story, $8,000,000, 224-bed hospital, its unique design was often referred to as the “open fan” base and the “bow tie” design. On June 12, l966, the hospital was formally dedicated with Bishop Cletus O’Donnell presiding at the blessing. The 144-bed hospital opened June 20, 1966.

Now: AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village has more than 900 physicians on staff, representing 80 medical and surgical specialties. Alexian Brothers Medical Center has earned national recognition for providing the highest quality care and outstanding patient results, including certification from The Joint Commission for stroke, heart failure, joint replacement, oncology and bariatric surgery.

In addition, Alexian Brothers Medical Center has earned top recognition for quality and safety measures from numerous national organizations, including by The Leapfrog Group and U.S. News & World Report, which has ranked Alexian Brothers in the top 10 in the state for the third consecutive year.

The medical center treats more than 18,000 inpatients and performs thousands of inpatient and outpatient surgeries. To improve care for adults age 65 and older, the emergency department at Alexian Brothers Medical Center addresses the unique health issues that occur in an older population. Emergency Care for Seniors was created for and offers a

patient-centered team of physicians, nurses, social service providers, case managers and other support personnel who provide a quality and caring experience.

Elmhurst Hospital
155 E. Brush Hill Rd. Elmhurst (331) 221-1000

Then: A graduate of Rush Medical College, 29-year-old physician Edward Marquardt and his wife, Martha, moved in 1905 from rural Bensenville to Elmhurst. The physician, who had been making house calls, began seeing more patients after trading in his horse and buggy for a 1906 Kissell automobile.

In 1921 Dr. Marquardt, Edwin F. Deicke and other community leaders proposed building a local hospital at a meeting of the Elmhurst Boosters Club. A site at Avon and Schiller streets in Elmhurst was purchased in 1925. One year and $125,000 later on Oct. 10, the 85-bed Elmhurst Hospital was dedicated, becoming first hospital in DuPage County. Elizabeth Neumann was the first baby born at Elmhurst Hospital on Oct. 16, and years later she returned as a staff nurse.

Now: Elmhurst Hospital is the anchor of a comprehensive health system with multiple locations and services designed to enhance the health of the communities and customers served.

In 2011, Elmhurst Hospital opened an 866,000-square-foot, acute care hospital with 259 private patient rooms, a modern emergency department and technologically advanced surgical suites. Elmhurst Hospital incorporates the latest trends in health care facility design and is home to some of the area’s most advanced technology.

The hospital is the 18th largest in the Chicago area according to Crain’s, and is one of 20 acute care hospitals worldwide designated as a Planetree patient-centered health care organization. The hospital operates walk-in clinics at Jewel-Osco stores in Bensenville, Franklin Park, Lombard, River Forest and Westmont, and immediate care centers in Addison, Hinsdale and Lombard.

Dramatic growth and expansion of services includes the 2016 opening of the Edward-Elmhurst Health Center & Immediate Care – Hinsdale. The $20 million, three-floor, 33,000-square-foot facility at 8 Salt Creek Ln., Hinsdale, provides immediate care, primary care, behavioral health, digital imaging, lab, rehabilitation and physical therapy and occupational health services.

The hospital was first in the western suburbs to implant the Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor, the smallest-available wireless cardiac monitor that allows physicians to monitor a patient’s heart for up to three years. Elmhurst also was first in Illinois to use Topera 3D Mapping System for more accurate ablation to treat persistent AFib.

In 2015, the Bariatrics and Weight Management Center opened to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for weight management. Other new services include a Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic to care for women in high-risk pregnancies and a cardio-oncology program to monitor and treat heart complications caused by cancer treatments.

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