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NorthShore University HealthSystem
Location 2650 Ridge Ave., Evanston, Illinois, United States
Care system Not-for-profit
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Emergency department Evanston - Level I
Glenbrook - Level II
Highland Park - Level II
Skokie - Level II
Beds 908
Founded 1891
Website NorthShore home page
Lists Hospitals in Illinois

NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving patients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

NorthShore encompasses four Hospitals-Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park and Skokie--as well as NorthShore Medical Group with more than 70 offices and more than 800 primary and specialty care physicians, the Research Institute and Foundation. In total, the health system employs more than 8,000 people.

NorthShore has a teaching affiliation with the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Formerly known as Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (ENH), the integrated healthcare delivery system changed its name in September 2008.



NorthShore was founded as Evanston Hospital in 1891. The original six-bed hospital had 12 physicians and served 38 patients in its first year. In the early 1900s Evanston Hospital expanded to 250 beds and became a teaching hospital.

Louis W. Sauer developed a vaccine for Whooping Cough at Evanston Hospital in the 1920s.[1] The hospital affiliated with Northwestern University and the Feinberg School of Medicine in the 1930s.

NorthShore announced an affiliation with University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine on July 14, 2008.[2]

Evanston Hospital expanded to 475 beds during the 1940s and established intensive care, cardiac care, kidney dialysis center and neonatology units.

Glenbrook Hospital opened in 1977 to better serve the expanding population area north of Chicago. Highland Park Hospital, acquired in 2000, brought the number of hospitals in the NorthShore system to three. Skokie Hospital, formerly Rush North Shore Medical Center, joined NorthShore in January 2009.

In 1981, the Kellogg Cancer Care Center was established, the first cancer center built by a community hospital in the nation. The Center became a national model for a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. The original center was demolished in 2008. A new 48,000-square-foot building is scheduled to open in 2010. The building will place a high emphasis on energy efficiency and environmental sensitivity, with a green roof and low-emitting materials.

ENH to NorthShore University HealthSystem

In a letter in NorthShore's 2008 annual report, President and CEO Mark Neaman said the organization opted for a new name because "we have simply outgrown our old name."

Neaman stated the name change - specifically dropping "Evanston" and adding "University" - reflected the changes NorthShore had undergone in recent years.

NorthShore's four Hospitals stretch "far beyond our "hometown" of Evanston," Neaman said. The addition of "University" was meant to reflect the integrated healthcare system's status as a teaching hospital and "recognized our new teaching affiliation with the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine."

The change from "Healthcare" to "HealthSystem" was brought about by a "position in Northern Illinois as a comprehensive integrated delivery system of care."

The driving force behind the name change from "Evanston Northwestern Healthcare" to "Northshore University Health System" was the result of a termination of the academic affiliation with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, thereby making the word "Northwestern" in the ENH name no longer appropriate. ENH subsequently established an academic affiliation with the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, thus the word "University" in its new title.



Evanston Hospital

Evanston Hospital

Evanston Hospital serves as the flagship facility for NorthShore. The hospital features a Level I trauma center, Women's Hospital and Cardiovascular Care Center. The Kellogg Cancer Care Center is currently housed in a temporary facility while a new center is being built on-site with plans to open in 2010.

The hospital campus is located north of downtown Evanston at 2650 Ridge Ave. at the intersection with Central Street.

In 2008, Evanston Hospital was named to the Leapfrog Top Hospitals list. One of only two Illinois hospitals and 33 hospitals nationally on the list, Evanston Hospital was recognized for its efforts in patient quality and safety.[3]

Glenbrook Hospital

Glenbrook Hospital

Glenbrook Hospital sits at 2100 Pfingsten Road in Glenview, Illinois. The facility was built in 1977 after the leadership of NorthShore recognized a need for healthcare in the expanding northwest suburbs of Chicago. Glenbrook offers cardiac catheterization and ultra fast CT scan, total hip and knee replacement, the Eye and Vision Center for LASIK and other eye surgery, and neurological services including a new sleep center, a cognitive and memory disorder program and a Parkinson's Disease clinic. The hospital serves the communities of Glenview and Northbrook, as well as the surrounding communities. The hospital has a Level II trauma center and Fast Track service for patients with minor illnesses and injuries.

Highland Park Hospital

Highland Park Hospital

Highland Park Hospital is located a 777 Park Avenue West in Highland Park, Illinois The Hospital joined NorthShore in 2000. The hospital is instrumental in Lake County's health care efforts, serving as a pod facility for disaster response.

HPH's Kellogg Cancer Care Center has facilities on-site to offer comprehensive care to oncology patients in Lake County. The hospital offers care for the following types of cancer: thoracic and lung; hematology; breast; ovarian; head and neck; melanoma and sarcoma; gastrointestinal; prostate; and stomach. Highland Park Hospital also offers a stroke center.

Highland Park features a new Ambulatory Care Center and Wound Care Center.

Skokie Hospital

Skokie Hospital

Skokie Hospital, formerly Rush North Shore Medical Center, joined NorthShore University HealthSystem in January 2009[4]. The Hospital serves Skokie and the surrounding communities and is located at 9600 Gross Point Road. The hospital was named one of the Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery programs. Skokie Hospital’s Level II trauma center is staffed by experienced trauma team members specially trained in pediatric life support.


Established in 1996, the NorthShore Research Institute serves as a focal point for more than 1,000 active research projects and over 150 externally funded research faculty. Priority areas for research are medical genetics, cancer, neurosciences, advanced imaging research, cardiovascular, peri-neonatal and outcomes research. The Research Institute has approximately 125,000 net square feet of research space.

Included is a collaborative building with Northwestern University on its Evanston Campus called the Arthur and Gladys Pancoe-NorthShore University HealthSystem Life Sciences Pavilion, and the Charles R. Walgreen Jr. Building on the Evanston Hospital campus. Emphasis is on translational and clinical research allowing discoveries from the basic sciences and engineering to be brought promptly to the bedside. Funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) places the hospitals of NorthShore University HealthSystem at No. 9 among multi-specialty independent research hospitals in the country.[5]

Rankings and Awards

President and CEO Mark Neaman received the 2009 Gold Medal Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives,[6] the organization's highest honor.

NorthShore has been named on several 'Best Hospital' lists including US News & World Report and Verispan. NorthShore is an 11-time recipient of Solucient's "Top 100 Hospitals" distinction.[7]

It has also been recognized as one of the "Most Wired Hospitals" in the country by Hospitals and Health Magazine.[8][9][10]

NorthShore was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals in 2008 and was the only Illinois hospital recognized as a Top 15 Major Teaching Hospitals as ranked by Thomson Reuters.[11]

NorthShore received a John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award in 2007 from the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission for developing and successfully deploying the first program of screening all patients at admission for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). [12]

HealthGrades tabbed the NorthShore Hospitals of Evanston, Glenbrook and Highland Park to its 2007 list of 50 Best Hospitals.[13]

The NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute was named 9th among Independent Research Hospitals by the National Institutes of Health.[14]


NorthShore Foundation

The NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Foundation is the leading philanthropic entity of NorthShore. The Foundation actively engages volunteers and invests in community partnerships that result in charitable contributions that advance the mission of NorthShore.

The Auxiliaries

Under the auspices of the NorthShore Foundation, The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem at Evanston and Glenbrook Hospitals is a fund-raising organization of volunteers providing service and community awareness for NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Hospitals and programs. The Auxiliary’s 500 members are the driving force behind their many fund-raising and friend-raising projects, including their two major fund-raising events – the Hospitals’ Gala and the American Craft Exposition, as well as a variety of service projects such as flower delivery to patients, school visits to area second graders, an annual nursing scholarship and much more. Since it’s inception in 1937, The Auxiliary has raised more than $15 million in support of NorthShore’s mission “to preserve and improve human life."

The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem at Highland Park Hospital formed as a volunteer group in 1921. The group raises funds for and provides service to Highland Park Hospital while promoting awareness of Hospital programs within the community. Since its inception, The Auxiliary has contributed to many significant Hospital programs, including a $1 million dollar donation to the Ambulatory Care Center and a $400,000 contribution to the creation of a Primary Stroke Center at Highland Park Hospital, the first of its kind in Lake County.

The Associate Board

Also within the Foundation is The Associate Board of NorthShore University HealthSystem, a fund-raising organization of young professionals providing members with philanthropic, educational and community service programs to benefit NorthShore and the community. The Associate Board strives to provide opportunities for people with busy schedules to find fulfillment through charitable work with a preeminent healthcare organization and to network socially and professionally at various “after-five” events including service projects, social outings and fundraisers. These efforts work together to enhance NorthShore’s mission. Since its founding in 2003, The Associate Board’s volunteer efforts have directed more than $250,000 toward the Henrietta Louis Johnson Infant Special Care Unit at Evanston Hospital. and

NorthShore University HealthSystem's web home is The web site provides access to clinical services, a physician finder, quality & patient safety scores, online giving, class & event registration, online chats with physicians, discussion boards and an online gift shop. is a personal web portal into NorthShore which offers industry-leading features including access to personal medical records, test results, secure messaging with a patient’s physicians, direct appointment scheduling, prescription renewals and online bill payment, history & balances. As of May 2009, more than 77,000 patients have signed up to use NorthShore Connect.

Electronic Medical Records

Electronic Medical Records employed by NorthShore have brought special recognition from former President George W. Bush[15]

NorthShore's electronic medical records have resulted in the integrated healthcare system being named "Most Wired" for six consecutive years.


  1. ^ "History of pertussis vaccine development". 23-Jan-2003. Retrieved 2009-01-16.  
  2. ^ "NorthShore University HealthSystem and University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine Create a New Academic Affiliation". 14-Jul-2008. Retrieved 2009-01-30.  
  3. ^ "Evanston Hospital Named to “Leapfrog Top Hospitals” List for Third Consecutive Year". 24-Sep-2008. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  4. ^ "Rush North Shore Medical Center Merger into NorthShore University HealthSystem Final". 1-Jan-2009. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  5. ^ "Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Ranked #9 in the Nation Among Comprehensive Independent Research Hospitals". 15-Jan-2009. Retrieved 2009-01-30.  
  6. ^ "NorthShore's Neaman wins ACHE top honor for EHR". 16-Jan-2009. Retrieved 2009-01-16.  
  7. ^ "NorthShore University HealthSystem Only Hospital Named Among the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals 11 Times". 1-Mar-2006. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  8. ^ "NorthShore Named Among 2006 Most Wired and Most Wireless Hospital Systems". 10-Jul-2006. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  9. ^ "NorthShore University HealthSystem Named Among 2007 Most Wired Hospital Systems". 17-Jul-2007. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  10. ^ "NorthShore University HealthSystem Named Among 2008 Most Wired Hospital Systems". 21-Aug-2008. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  11. ^ "ENH Only Illinois Hospital Ranked as Major Teaching Hospital By Thomas Healthcare". 3-Mar-2008. Retrieved 2009-01-16.  
  12. ^ "The 2007 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards". 25-Sep-2007. Retrieved 2009-01-30.  
  13. ^ "50 Best Hospitals Report". 1-Feb-2007. Retrieved 2009-01-16.  
  14. ^ "Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Ranked #9 in the Nation Among Comprehensive Independent Research Hospitals". 15-Jan-2008. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  
  15. ^ "NorthShore University HealthSystem's Electronic Medical Record System Catches President's Eye". 2-Feb-2005. Retrieved 2009-01-15.  

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