NorthShore University HealthSystem

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NorthShore University HealthSystem
LocationEvanston, Illinois, United States
Care systemNot-for-profit
Affiliated universityUniversity of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Emergency departmentEvanston - Level I
Glenbrook - Level II
Highland Park - Level II
Skokie - Level II
Bedsover 1200
ListsHospitals in Illinois

NorthShore University HealthSystem (formerly Evanston Northwestern Healthcare or ENH) is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving patients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

NorthShore encompasses five hospitals—Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park, Skokie, and Swedish—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 10,000 people.

NorthShore has a teaching affiliation with the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.


NorthShore was founded as Evanston Hospital in 1891 during an outbreak of typhoid fever.[1] In the early 1900s Evanston Hospital expanded and became a teaching hospital.[1]

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

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

ENH opened Glenbrook Hospital in 1977. In 1981, the Kellogg Cancer Care Center was established, the first cancer center built by a community hospital in the nation. Highland Park Hospital was acquired in 2000. The Kellogg Cancer Care Center was demolished in 2008 and a new building was scheduled to open in 2010.

Skokie Hospital, formerly Rush North Shore Medical Center, joined NorthShore in January 2009.

ENH to NorthShore University HealthSystem[edit]

Formerly known as Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (ENH) while affiliated with Northwestern University Medical School, the integrated healthcare delivery system changed its academic affiliation and name in September 2008.[2] 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[edit]

Evanston Hospital

Evanston Hospital serves as the flagship facility for NorthShore. The hospital has a Level I trauma center, Women's Hospital and Cardiovascular Care Center. The Kellogg Cancer Center recently opened in its brand new facility on the campus.

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]

In 2011, Evanston Hospital was listed on Becker's Hospital Review under the 50 Best Hospitals in America.[4]

Glenbrook Hospital[edit]

Glenbrook Hospital

Glenbrook Hospital sits at 2100 Pfingsten Road in Glenview, Illinois. The facility was built in 1977. 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[edit]

Highland Park Hospital

Highland Park Hospital is located a 777 Park Avenue West in Highland Park, Illinois The Hospital joined ENH in 2000. The hospital serves as a pod facility for disaster response.

HPH's Kellogg Cancer Center has facilities to offer 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[edit]

Skokie Hospital

Skokie Hospital, formerly Rush North Shore Medical Center, joined NorthShore University HealthSystem in January 2009.[5] 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.

Swedish Hospital[edit]

Swedish Hospital, formerly Swedish Covenant Hospital, joined NorthShore University HealthSystem in January 2020. The hospital serves the north side of Chicago.

Northwest Community Hospital

Northwest Community Hospital, as of January 2021 joined the Northshore University HealthSystem as part of buyout of Northwest Community Healthcare.The Northwest Community Helthcare Group will be merged into the NorthShore University HealthSystem within the next months and years ahead.


Established in 1996, the NorthShore Research Institute serves more than 1,000 research projects and more than 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.[6]

Rankings and awards[edit]

President and CEO Mark Neaman received the 2009 Gold Medal Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives,[7] the organization's highest honor.

NorthShore has been named on several 'Best Hospital' lists including U.S. News & World Report and Verispan. NorthShore is an 11-time recipient of Solucient's "Top 100 Hospitals" distinction.[8]

It has also been recognized as one of the "Most Wired Hospitals" in the country by Hospitals and Health Magazine.[9][10][11]

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.[12]

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).[13]

HealthGrades tabbed the NorthShore Hospitals of Evanston, Glenbrook and Highland Park to its 2007 list of 50 Best Hospitals.[14]

The NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute was named 9th among Independent Research Hospitals by the National Institutes of Health.[15]


NorthShore Foundation[edit]

The NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Foundation is the leading philanthropic entity of NorthShore, working to advance relationships that may result in charitable contributions in support of NorthShore's mission.

The Auxiliary[edit]

The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem is a fund-raising organization of volunteers also providing service and community awareness for NorthShore hospitals and programs. The Auxiliary's members are the driving force behind many fund-raising and friend-raising projects, including their major annual event - the American Craft Exposition (ACE) - as well as a variety of service projects such as flower delivery to patients, local school visits, an annual nursing scholarship and much more. Since its inception in 1937, The Auxiliary has raised more than $20 million in support of NorthShore's mission "to preserve and improve human life." Auxiliary operations come under the administrative oversight of NorthShore Foundation.

The Associate Board[edit]

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.


  1. ^ a b c d "Introducing the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals". Fortune. 30 June 2020. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  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. ^ "50 Best Hospitals in America". Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Rush North Shore Medical Center Merger into NorthShore University HealthSystem Final". 1 Jan 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  6. ^ "Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Ranked #9 in the Nation Among Comprehensive Independent Research Hospitals". 15 Jan 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  7. ^ "NorthShore's Neaman wins ACHE top honor for EHR". 16 Jan 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-16.
  8. ^ "NorthShore University HealthSystem Only Hospital Named Among the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals 11 Times". 1 Mar 2006. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  9. ^ "NorthShore Named Among 2006 Most Wired and Most Wireless Hospital Systems". 10 Jul 2006. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  10. ^ "NorthShore University HealthSystem Named Among 2007 Most Wired Hospital Systems". 17 Jul 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  11. ^ "NorthShore University HealthSystem Named Among 2008 Most Wired Hospital Systems". 21 Aug 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  12. ^ "ENH Only Illinois Hospital Ranked as Major Teaching Hospital By Thomas Healthcare". 3 Mar 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-16.
  13. ^ "The 2007 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards". 25 Sep 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  14. ^ "50 Best Hospitals Report" (PDF). 1 Feb 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-16.
  15. ^ "Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Ranked #9 in the Nation Among Comprehensive Independent Research Hospitals". 15 Jan 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-15.

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