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Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital
1000 Westmoreland Road
Lake Forest, IL , 60045
The new Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital is preparing to open its doors for inpatient care. While some outpatient services opened within 1000 Westmoreland Road this past September, all hospital care – including the Emergency Department – is scheduled to open on March 3.
The new hospital, featured on the 2018 Lake Forest City Vehicle Sticker, will strengthen a 118-year legacy of delivering exceptional, patient-centered care to the Lake Forest community.
The state-of-the-art facility was designed to support the care teams like never before. Equipped with some of the most advanced technology available anywhere, staff will be enabled to practice world-class medicine in a setting that also uses its natural surroundings to create a healing and tranquil environment.
Activating the new Lake Forest Hospital is an enormous task, but it also provides a unique opportunity to make key improvements. To ensure the comfort and safety of patients both during the transition to the new hospital, the physicians and staff have been busy preparing for months. By the time the hospital opens, the workforce will have completed nearly 10,000 hours of activation training. This curriculum includes realistic simulations within the new facility – many which use professional actors to portray patients and were painstakingly designed to reinforce new workflows, new systems and the new environment.
To create a safe and seamless transition into the new hospital, the staff held a special exercise on January 13 to test the move route, timing and methods that will be used to relocate patients and equipment when the hospital opens in March. Using staff volunteers posing as patients, three patient-move scenarios were tested during a “mock move,” including laboring mothers, patients from the Intensive Care Unit and two mother/baby couplets. The “patients” were moved both by ambulance and through the campus tunnel system, providing the opportunity to test the timing of the relocation, as well as gather essential observations about the move from the patient’s perspective.