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About Northwestern Medicine

Northwestern Medicine is the shared strategic vision of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to transform the future of healthcare and become one of the nation’s premier destinations for patient care. Each day, 26,500 clinical and administrative staff, medical and science faculty and medical students come together with a shared commitment to superior quality, academic excellence, scientific discovery and patient safety. 

Our Mission, Vision and Core Values

Whether directly providing patient care or supporting those who do, every Northwestern Medicine employee has an impact on the quality of the patient experience and the level of excellence we collectively achieve. This knowledge, expressed in our shared commitment to a single, patient-focused mission, unites us.

Our Mission

We are an organization of caregivers who aspire to consistently provide high quality care, cost-effectiveness and patient satisfaction. We seek to improve the health of the communities we serve by delivering a broad range of services with sensitivity to the individual needs of our patients and their families. We are bonded in an essential academic and service relationship with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The quality of our services is enhanced through their integration with education and research in an environment that encourages excellence of practice, critical inquiry and learning.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be a nationally recognized academic, integrated health system recognized for providing excellent clinical quality and outcomes, and highly skilled physicians and employees.

Our Values

We are a diverse group of people, joined together by a shared set of values. Our values give us clarity, guiding every decision we make as an institution and as individuals, from the most far-reaching long-term strategy to the smallest daily task. Our values include:

  • Patients first: We put the patient first in all we do. No matter where in the hospital we work, we remember always that caring for patients and their families is at the heart of our mission and our philosophy.
  • Integrity: We adhere to an uncompromising code of ethics that emphasizes honesty, transparency and sincerity. Through our words and actions, we earn the trust of our patients and their families, our community and our coworkers. We seek to do the right thing, always and everywhere, in our day-to-day work and lives.
  • Excellence: We continuously strive for excellence. We never stop learning and working to improve our skills, programs and services.
  • Teamwork: We can achieve our mission and goals only by working together. Through the collective and coordinated efforts of our staff, we apply our diverse talents, backgrounds, ideas and experiences to create solutions and benefit patients. We value team success over individual success.

Our award-winning hospitals include:

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has a national reputation for excellence and long history of collaborative, interdisciplinary medical education and research. In 2015, it was ranked 19th among the nation’s top research-intensive schools of medicine by U.S. News & World Report, and in 2014, ranked 21st in National Institutes of Health funding. More than 3,400 faculty members teach, practice medicine, conduct research at the medical school, and its academic portfolio includes full-time MD, MD-PhD, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs, graduate medical education and continuing medical education. In affiliation with the member hospitals of the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, the school offers 27 fully approved residency programs and dozens of advanced-level fellowships. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the school served 670 medical students, 652 PhD students and research fellows, 657 master’s and professional program students and 1,090 residents and fellows. Last year, Northwestern Medicine scientists received $398.8 million in funding for research awards.

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC) is the corporate parent for the Northwestern Medicine health system whose medical staff of more than 4,000 includes more than 1,000 residents and fellows and nearly 1,500 employed physicians who are part of the Northwestern Medical Group or the Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. In 2014, the health system served more than 600,000 patients at its nearly 70 diagnostic and ambulatory sites across Chicago including six hospitals; Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital in Lake Forest, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb and Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital in Sandwich.

Highlights from each of the system’s six award-winning hospitals:

  • KishHealth System Kishwaukee Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine is a 98-bed acute-care hospital in DeKalb, Ill., with more than 150 physicians members on the voluntary medical staff representing nearly every specialty. In 2007, Kishwaukee Hospital opened its Joint Center and in 2013 a Spine Center was added. In 2015, Kishwaukee Hospital’s Breastfeeding Center opened a human milk depot to provide donor milk to at-risk infants; it is one of the first four locations of its kind in Illinois. 

  • KishHealth System Valley West Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine is a 24-bed critical access hospital in Sandwich, Ill., that has served the Fox Valley community for more than 70 years. In 2014, construction of a new patient wing and renovations to remaining areas of the hospital were completed, including a new MRI suite that is home to one of the only large bore MRI in the area. Valley West earned 100 percent quality core measure scores by The Joint Commission three out of four quarters in fiscal year 2015.

  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) is an 894-bed academic medical center hospital that is the primary teaching affiliate for the Feinberg School of Medicine and has nearly 1,900 affiliated physicians representing virtually every medical specialty. The hospital is ranked No. 1 in Chicago and Illinois, as well as 11th in the nation according to the U.S. News & World Report 2015-2016 Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals, which ranks the hospital in 13 out of 16 clinical specialties. Northwestern Memorial is recognized for providing exemplary patient care and innovative advancements in a variety of clinical areas including cardiovascular care; oncology; neurology and neurosurgery; solid organ and soft tissue transplants; orthopaedics; and women’s health at its Prentice Women’s Hospital

  • Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is a 392-bed acute-care facility located in Winfield, Ill., that has provided quality healthcare to the residents of DuPage County and beyond for more than 50 years. The hospital has been recognized as a 100 Top Hospital by Truven Health Analytics and as one of the best hospitals in Chicago by U.S. News & World Report. With more than 1,150 physicians on the medical staff in 89 specialties, the hospital is a regional destination for such clinical services as oncology, neurology, orthopaedics, pediatric and cardiology. In 2014, the Ronald McDonald House near Central DuPage Hospital opened, becoming the first House in the western suburbs. The House provides a ‘home away from home’ for families of children being treated at the hospital or at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center, the first and only proton center in Illinois. 

  • Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital (LFH) is a 201-bed community hospital that has more than 700 physicians board-certified in 68 medical specialties, located in Lake Forest and at its Grayslake campus, which also includes a free-standing emergency room. The hospital is ranked among Illinois' "Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report and been named the Consumer Choice hospital in Lake and Kenosha counties for ten years in a row by National Research Corporation. In 2017, Northwestern Medicine will open the new Lake Forest Hospital which will include 114 private inpatient rooms, 72 outpatient care spaces, eight operating rooms and 483,500 square feet of new construction on its 160-acre campus. 

  • Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital is a 159-bed acute-care facility in Geneva, Ill., with a medical staff which includes nearly 600 physicians in 60 specialties providing comprehensive medical care. Delnor was the first hospital in Illinois to earn nursing Magnet® Status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest recognition for patient care and nursing excellence. The hospital is home to a state-of-the-art Cancer Center and its Breast Health Center was first to be recognized by the prestigious National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) through the American College of Surgeons.

Each hospital continues to be recognized for patient safety and quality, and NMH, CDH, LFH and Delnor have achieved Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the prestigious gold standard for nursing care. The health system has also received numerous awards for consumer satisfaction, its inclusive diversity practices, and for financial stewardship for maintaining its superior bond ratings for over 30 years.

Dedicated to improving the health of the community it is privileged to serve, the health system provided more than $614 million in charity care and community benefit last year.  


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