Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital is one of the leading health care facilities in the area, offering quality care and encouraging people to make healthy happen in their every day lives.
It was recently named one of the 50 best hospitals in the nation by Healthgrades and a top 100 hospital by Truven Health Analytics, and is one of only a handful of hospitals in the nation awarded the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. In addition, the hospital was re-designated as a Magnet hospital in September, an accolade awarded to hospitals which demonstrate excellence and innovation in professional nursing practice and patient care, as well as innovation in professional nursing practice.
It is also worth noting that Good Samaritan became part of a larger system in 2018, Advocate Aurora Health, when two of the largest healthcare organizations in the country merged. Consisting of 27 hospitals healing 2.7 million patients each year across Illinois and Wisconsin, Advocate Aurora is now one of the top 10 largest, not-for-profit health systems in the U.S.
Last September, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital welcomed its newest president, Nancy M. Tinsley, who took the mantle from longtime president David Fox.
Tinsley has a wide range of experience in the health care field, beginning her career as a nurse and later assuming leadership roles that led to her two-year stint as president of Rochester General Hospital, prior to coming to Advocate Good Samaritan. She is known for her exceptional ability to lead strategic, business and clinical innovation in health system operations, as well as her focus on delivering high-quality, patient-centered care.
“Even as we continue to grow and change with the field of health care, we remain focused on keeping our local communities and the people in them healthy,” Tinsley said. “While we are part of one of the biggest health care systems in the country, we remain locally present in everything we do, especially here at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. We work to never lose sight of the communities, families and individuals we are so privileged to serve.”
It is also important to note that Good Samaritan recently expanded its already robust cardiovascular program with the grand opening of a new hybrid operating room in June. The new space allows for an even wider variety of procedures to be done at the hospital, improve outcomes and increase workflow with other units. It also continued to see success in its use of the CardioMEMs device to wirelessly monitor and treat heart failure patients.
The hospital has also continued its high level of excellence in the realm of back and spine care and neurosurgery. Each patient who goes through the door of the hospital’s recently opened, world-class Spine Care Center receives a personalized treatment plan involving advanced treatment and comprehensive support from neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, pain management specialists and advanced practice nurses.
The Bhorade Cancer Center, the hospital’s outpatient cancer facility, helps push Good Samaritan to the forefront in providing the highest-level cancer care to the western suburbs. The space offers seamless care coordination by expert physicians and medical staff in all areas of cancer care. The cancer center also includes consultation rooms where newly diagnosed patients meet with their medical team on the same day, at the same location as with on-site financial, patient and nurse navigators.
The facility also offers some of the best care for new and expecting mothers in the area. The hospital recently opened a new Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to offer expanded care for medically unstable or critically ill newborns. The new unit doubles the size of the hospital’s previous space and includes private rooms for improved privacy and comfort.
Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center
Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center is the only fitness facility in DuPage County that is certified by the Medical Fitness Association, an international organization that recognizes fitness facilities for their professional expertise, excellence in facilities and programming and their focus on safety. It is open to public, and membership starts at 14 years of age, including single, couple and family membership options. It is a multi-purpose facility that meets all fitness needs.
The 90,000-square-foot facility on the campus of Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, has three indoor pools, sauna and steam room, an indoor track, an extensive fitness floor and weight room, four group exercise studios and a basketball court.
Recent studies have shown evidence that physical activity is very close to a magic bullet for good health. Exercise, quality diet and other lifestyle improvements are important factors to overall wellness, and the center offers many ways for its community to be active, no matter their physical needs, age or exercise of choice.
Specialty services/amenities include child care services; clinical programming for cardiac, pulmonary and diabetic management; clinical services such as nutrition counseling and weight management; spa services such as massage therapy and acupuncture; a full-service hair salon, waxing, manicures and pedicures; and personal training services including land and water-based group and private swim lessons; and Pilates Allegros Reformer exercises.
Dues may be paid annually or monthly. Rates vary, depending on the type of membership purchased. Most memberships include access to more than 70 free group exercise classes per week, use of all pools, basketball court, track and all equipment, use of a locker and free towels. Specialty services and classes require an extra fee.
For more information, visit www.advocatehealth.com/gsam/wellness or call (630) 275-2700.
Midwestern University Clinics
The residents of Downers Grove, Woodridge, and surrounding communities are fortunate to be served by a multispecialty clinic at 3450 Lacey Rd., operated by Midwestern University. The five-story clinic houses a dental institute, a speech-language institute, a family medicine clinic, a physical therapy institute and an eye institute. A wide range of health care services are provided to the community by Midwestern University clinical faculty and upper-level graduate students. Dedicated to community, University Vice President of Finance Dean Malone currently serves as chairman of the board at Chamber630.
“At the Multispecialty Clinic, members of the community benefit from the expertise of our licensed clinical faculty and have a role in the development of Midwestern students as they work to become health care professionals,” said Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., president and CEO of Midwestern University. “The clinic’s goal is to meet the health care needs of the community and provide quality service to our patients.”
Community members experience compassionate, comprehensive care at all Midwestern clinics. The eye institute provides family eye care and evaluations (from infants to seniors) and offers services including visual rehabilitation, vision therapy, sports vision training and specialty testing and diagnosis. The optical department also includes a wide selection of eyeglasses and contact lenses, and accepts many vision insurance plans.
At the physical therapy institute, clinical faculty members evaluate each patient to determine their individual needs and develop unique treatment plans designed to restore health and function. The family medicine clinic features licensed osteopathic physicians and provides a full spectrum of care including annual exams, sports physicals and treatment of acute injuries and illness.
Midwestern faculty and student dentists provide a range of services at the dental institute including general preventive care, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral surgery and implants. In addition, the faculty and student clinicians at the speech-language institute help people of all ages learn to be better communicators.
Midwestern University is a private, not-for-profit graduate and postgraduate university specializing in degrees in the health sciences with colleges on two campuses. The Illinois campus sits on a 105-acre site in Downers Grove, and is home to over 3,000 students and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Chicago College of Pharmacy, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, the Chicago College of Optometry and the College of Graduate Studies. The Arizona campus in Glendale is home to more than 3,800 students.
For additional information, visit mwuclinics.com or midwestern.edu.
AMITA Health continues to grow to better serve patients and families across Chicagoland. AMITA Health is the largest health system in Illinois, composed of 19 hospitals and more than 230 sites of care, staffed by more than 900 providers in its medical groups, more than 26,000 associates and 7,000 physician partners serving over 6.6 million residents in the greater Chicago area. Four of these AMITA hospitals are within 10 miles of downtown Downers Grove – in Hinsdale, LaGrange, Glendale Heights and Bolingbrook.
In late 2018, as part of a larger ambulatory expansion plan, AMITA Health opened a new 50,000-square-foot facility in Woodridge. The Immediate Care and Outpatient Center at 2363 63rd St. in Woodridge provides behavioral medicine, cardiology, general surgery, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pain management and weight management. Imaging, rehabilitation and laboratory services are also offered at the center. This center is part of AMITA Health’s ongoing strategy to make health care more accessible to people in the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs. Additional centers will be opening throughout Chicago including a large comprehensive center in west suburban Riverside later this year.
For those needing a physician, the AMITA Health Medical Group has convenient office locations in Woodridge at 7425 Janes Ave., and in Downers Grove at 5207 Main St. The offices include a full staff of family practice; ear, nose and throat; obstetrics and gynecology; and other specialists. For more information, visit www.amitahealth.org.
Edward-Elmhurst Health includes three hospitals – Edward Hospital in Naperville (354 beds), Linden Oaks Behavioral Health (108 beds) in Naperville, and Elmhurst Hospital (259 beds) in Elmhurst – and an extensive ambulatory care network that provides comprehensive health care to 1.7 million residents of the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago. It also operates health centers in Bolingbrook, Hinsdale, Naperville, North Elmhurst, Oak Park, Oswego, Plainfield and Yorkville and operates walk-in clinics in Aurora, Plainfield and Yorkville, and at Jewel-Osco stores in Bensenville, Franklin Park, Naperville, River Forest, Romeoville, Wheaton and Woodridge.
Edward Hospital was named one of nation’s 100 Top Hospitals, in the large community hospitals category, by IBM Watson Health in 2018.
Both hospitals are also designated Magnet hospitals for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.