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Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Advocate Health Care
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Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Location Park Ridge, Illinois, United States

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Funding Non-profit
Hospital type Teaching, Research, Children's & Referral
Affiliated university Midwestern University
Rosalind Franklin University
University of Illinois[1]
Emergency department Level I trauma center[2]
Beds 645
Founded 1897[3]
Lists Hospitals in Illinois

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (ALGH) is a 645-bed non-profit teaching hospital located in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois. Founded in 1897, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is the sixth largest hospital in the Chicago area, and it operates a Level I trauma center. It also is home to Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge, the only children's hospital in the greater north and northwest suburban region of Chicago.

In the last year with available data, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital had 29,025 admissions, 62,544 emergency room visits, and its surgeons performed 6,728 inpatient and 12,431 outpatient surgeries.[4] The hospital is gold certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).[5][6] The inpatient rehabilitation program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The echocardiogram lab is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.[7]

ALGH operates a number of residency programs, which train newly graduated physicians in various specialties and sub-specialties. The hospital is associated with the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University.


The hospital originally opened in 1897 as Norwegian Lutheran Deaconess Hospital,[3] with 25 beds.[8] The hospital operated in rented building located at Artesian Avenue and LeMoyne Street in the Humboldt Park neighborhood for five years.[9][10] In 1902, a new building was constructed at Haddon Avenue and Leavitt Street.[9] Lutheran Deaconess Hospital grew at this location, with the addition of medical wings, including a 215-bed west wing, and a nursing school. In 1969, with an excess of hospital services within walking distance, Lutheran Deaconess Hospital closed. Operations and staff were transitioned to the newly established Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.[11]

Lutheran General Hospital then opened at its current location in Park Ridge in 1959. The 326-bed hospital building was constructed at a cost of $7.6 million, and included a nursing school.[9] In 1969, the hospital opened a 73-bed alcohol rehabilitation center.[12] In 1976, LGH established a residency training program for internal medicine.[13] In 1980, the Parkside Professional Building opened, and the hospital integrated into a network of health and human services organizations with more than 75 locations, adopting the name Lutheran General HealthSystem (LGHS).[9] In 1986, LGH obtained its first MRI imaging machine, and the hospital was designated a level 1 trauma center.[14][15] In 1987, Lutheran General merged with Augustana Hospital.[16]

In 1995, the hospital's parent organization (LGHS) merged with Evangelical Health Systems Corporation to create Advocate Health Care.[3] The same year, the hospital opened the Genesis Clinic of Health and Empowerment, a community health for local Hispanic residents.[17] In 1996, the hospital opened a new helipad on a 2,115-square-foot landing deck at a cost of $900,000.[18] The same year, in 1996, LGH opened the Center for Advanced Care, a 54,500 square foot building at a cost of $27.1 million.[19][20] In 2003, in partnership with Maine Township High School District 207 and Advocate Medical Group, LGH established a school based clinic at its neighboring Maine East High School.[21]

In 2005, ALGH was recognized as a magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.[22] In 2009, ALGH opened a new eight-story, 192-bed patient care tower, which was constructed at a cost of $200 million.[23] The tower is LEED certified to gold designation.

In 2011, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital began offering cyberknife surgeries with its Illinois CyberKnife. The facility uses CyberKnife technology to treat malignant and benign tumors non-surgically.[24][25] Illinois CyberKnife established The Brain and Spine Tumor Clinic with Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Also in 2011, the hospital started a donor breast milk program, using breast milk from the Indiana Mother's Milk Bank.[26] It was the first breast bank in the Chicago area.[26]

In 2012, the hospital was recognized by Chicago Magazine as a top Chicago area hospital,[27] and was ranked 7th in Illinois by US News & World Report.[4] A new emergency department, operating suites and loading dock are being built, as a part of a $40 million expansion project expected to be completed in spring 2015.[28][29]


Advocate Lutheran General Hospital operates a bone marrow transplant program.[30]

Lutheran General Hospital was the first hospital in the Midwest to offer 3-D mammography.[31]


The hospital is certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) to the gold standard.[5][6]

Advocate Health Care

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is part of Oak Brook-based Advocate Health Care, which is the largest health care provider in Illinois. With more than 25,000 employees and 4,600 affiliated physicians, Advocate Health Care operates 10 acute care hospitals, including two children's hospitals and a specialty hospital for extended care needs, three large medical groups, and comprehensive home health and hospice services. Advocate Health Care is a not-for-profit, faith-based organization related to both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.[32]

Graduate medical education

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital operates a number of residency training and fellowship programs for newly graduated physicians. The residencies train physicians specializing in orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and psychiatry. All programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).[33] The internal medicine residency is additionally accredited by the American Osteopathic Association,[34] in partnership with Midwestern University.[35] Each year, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital trains 914 medical students, 176 residents, and 37 fellows.[36]

The hospital also provides graduate training for pharmacists, through a program accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.[37][38]

See also


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  2. ^ "State-designated Trauma Centers by Region". Illinois Department of Public Health. 
  3. ^ a b c "History". Advocate Health Care. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Advocate Lutheran General Hospital". US News & World Report. 
  5. ^ a b "Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Patient Tower". Landscape Architecture Foundation. 
  6. ^ a b "Advocate Lutheran General Hospital - Replacement Bed Tower". AIA Chicago. 
  7. ^ "IAC Echocardiography Accredited Facilities". Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. 
  8. ^ Womer, Kelly (October 5, 1997). "Lutheran General Celebrates The Past And The Future". Chicago Tribune. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Advocate Lutheran General Hospital/Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital marks 50th anniversary in Park Ridge, 112th year as a health care leader". Advocate Health Care. 
  10. ^ Jakubowski, Cyryl (September 25, 2014). "North Shore, Advocate plan major merger". Nadig Newspaper. 
  11. ^ "Lutheran Deaconess Hospital to Close". Chicago Tribune. April 25, 1968. 
  12. ^ Kotulak, Ronald (March 8, 1969). "Center Opens to Help Fight Alcoholism". Chicago Tribune. 
  13. ^ Jensen, Trevor (February 24, 2009). "Dr. Harold A. Shafter, 1927-2009: Cardiologist at Lutheran General". Chicago Tribune. 
  14. ^ Van, Jon (May 16, 1986). "City Sets Up Trauma-care Network". Chicago Tribune. 
  15. ^ Huh, Jane (May 17, 2015). "Local hospitals don’t see need for Level 1 Trauma Center". Northwest Herald. 
  16. ^ Sherrod, Pamela (September 30, 1987). "Augustana, Lutheran General Merge". Chicago Tribune. 
  17. ^ Grove, Ben (August 4, 1995). "Health For Hispanics Des Plaines Clinic Sews Up Gap In Care". Chicago Tribune. 
  18. ^ Karuhn, Carrie (February 9, 1996). "Hospital's New Helipad Almost Set For Landing". Chicago Tribune. 
  19. ^ Robeznieks, Andis (September 22, 2008). "Honorable Mention/Built: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Center for Advanced Care, Park Ridge, Ill.". Modern Health Care. 
  20. ^ OWP/P [Chicago, IL] (August 31, 2007). "Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Center for Advanced Care [Park Ridge, IL]". Health Care Design. 
  21. ^ "Maine East High School Advancing health-care options for a diverse student body". Millennia Consulting. 
  22. ^ "Magnet Sites". ANCC. American Nurses Credentialing Center. 
  23. ^ Krishnamurthy, Madhu (July 7, 2009). "Sneak peek at Lutheran General's new tower". Daily Herald. 
  24. ^ "Cancer treatment facility opens in Park Ridge". Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  25. ^ "Illinois CyberKnife, Lutheran General partnership creates local brain tumor clinic". Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  26. ^ a b Michael Helfgot; Melissa Silverberg (August 31, 2011). "So valuable, they're giving it away". Chicago Tribune. 
  27. ^ Springen, Karen (Dec 11, 2012). "Top Hospitals: The List". Chicago Magazine. 
  28. ^ Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (2014-01-29). "Lutheran General relocated ER entrance". Daily Herald. 
  29. ^ Johnson, Jennifer (Aug 30, 2013). "State approves expansion at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge". Park Ridge Herald. 
  30. ^ "Advocate Lutheran General Hospital". Be the Match. National Marrow Donor Program. 
  31. ^ Springen, Karen. "Top Hospitals: The List". Chicago Magazine. 
  32. ^ "information on Advocate Lutheran General Hospital". Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  33. ^ "Graduate Medical Education". Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Advocate Health Care. 
  34. ^ "AOA-approved residencies in internal medicine". American Osteopathic Association. The DO. 
  35. ^ "Advocate Lutheran General Hospital". Midwestern University. 
  36. ^ "About Advocate Lutheran General Hospital" (PDF). Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. 
  37. ^ "Residency Listing: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital". American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 
  38. ^ "Residency Listing: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, critical care". American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 

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