Many health care organizations can provide excellent care for adults and children in Chicago and the Midwest. In fact, Chicagoland families are fortunate to have many choices.
But only the University of Chicago Medicine and Comer Children’s Hospital combine “bench to bedside” scientific expertise with a personal, family-centered approach to provide an atmosphere of hope and healing.
Many hospitals focus on treating patients that come straight to the emergency room, which is very important. As an academic medical center, UChicago Medicine and Comer Children’s treat those patients and much more. Education, research, and clinical care combine in the form of new technologies, resources and therapies that may not be widely available.
Jeff Murphy, DNP, RN, CEN, NEA-BC, Associate Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President for Women’s, Children’s, and Emergency Services explains, “The doctors taking care of you aren’t just using the latest medical technologies, they’re the ones developing them.”
While UChicago Medicine has a long history and is well-known in Chicago, most will usually associate it with treating hard-to-diagnose and highly complex cases.
What may not be as well known is that the health system has significant strength in routine well-care with its expert family and general pediatrics practice. And because UChicago Medicine is a health system with dozens of clinics in the Chicago area, extending into the suburbs and Northwest Indiana, you’ll always find a location near you.
Child- and family-centered care
Healthcare can be stressful. As a patient or caregiver, UChicago Medicine is prepared to serve your entire family’s concerns and needs. They want to remove barriers and alleviate anxiety so you can focus on what’s important.
From the way the hospital rooms are designed to the way service is provided, the approach is completely patient centric. All staff, from the patient service representative who checks you in to the care team that delivers a diagnosis — all are highly-trained to listen to parents and to children — and work with you to deliver the best treatment plan.
In addition to a team of general pediatric physicians, Comer Children’s has a wide range of pediatric subspecialties, including Allergy, Gastroenterology and Oncology.
As Murphy describes, “Comer is unique in that each pediatric subspecialty team is mirrored by the appropriate adult specialty team, which means as your child grows, they will have a comfortable and appropriate transition to the adult specialist when the time is right.”
Physician teams create a thoughtful, deliberate process of transitioning patients as they grow to young adults — and this is highly individualized for the patient, says Murphy. “For our patients with celiac or sickle cell disease for example, this might happen at 18 or at 23 because it all depends on their treatment plan and life in general. We intentionally design this care around the child and their family,” he says.
For you and your new baby
For families welcoming their first child or their fifth, UChicago Medicine obstetrics and gynecology supports women and their partners through a very important time in their life.
“We can support mothers-to-be with fertility and reproductive health services, provide general pregnancy care with one of our Obstetricians or Midwives or with the help of our maternal-fetal medicine team to manage high-risk pregnancies,” Murphy says. “Our array of services in conjunction with a multidisciplinary approach ensures mom, baby and loved ones receive personalized care in a nurturing environment.”
“What’s really special about UChicago Medicine is that we provide patient-centric care at every stage of life,” Murphy says, “and hopefully a lifetime of good health.”
Learn more about UChicago Medicine and Comer Children’s Hospital at uchicagomedicine.org.