WBEZ | St. Joseph Hospital http://www.wbez.org/tags/st-joseph-hospital Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A tip of the fedora to St. Joseph Hospital's postwar cool http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-12/tip-fedora-st-joseph-hospitals-postwar-cool-104410 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/_C153426.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 518px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">We know what a tough time midcentury modern hospitals have had as of late, what with the old Michael Reese campus on the South Side plowed under for who-knows-what and the former Prentice Women&#39;s Hospital being famously endangered.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">St. Joseph Hospital however, seems to be doing quite fine. Completed in 1963, the Y-shaped, 12-story building at 2900 N. Lake Shore Drive, and its trademark blue exterior walls with diamond-shaped windows, is a fine &mdash; and functioning &mdash; piece of postwar architecture. As the <em>AIA Guide to Chicago</em> put it: &quot;Architects would like to think the 1960s looked like Mies&#39; Federal Center, but this is what the era <em>really</em> looked like.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The <em>AIA Guide</em> probably didn&#39;t mean that as a compliment, but I&#39;ll take it as one. Hospitals can be efficient, but bland, look-alike buildings. But not St. Joseph.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The hospital was designed by Belli &amp; Belli, an architecture firm whose work includes St. Patrick High School, 5900 W. Belmont and the quite hip former Cuneo Memorial Hospital at Clarendon and Montrose from 1957.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">An aside: Cuneo&#39;s time might be short as <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20121212/uptown/220m-high-rise-development-set-for-second-public-review">redevelopment is planned</a> for the site. Here are photos I took of it it and its <em>Logan&#39;s Run</em>-era newer wing about two years ago:</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/_2258714.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 308px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/_2258693.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 329px;" title="" /></div></div></div><p>Back to St. Joseph. Visually, the hospital&#39;s front elevation greets visitors like a pair of open arms. What could have been an otherwise ordinary limestone frontage is given a bit of life by way of a exuberant three-story band of glass &mdash; with that cool wavy roof &mdash; and the unusual vertical glass core at the center.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/_C153462.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 371px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The hospital&#39;s design was honored by the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects shortly after its completion. The building is relatively unchanged over the years. Here is an archival photo from <a href="http://www.belli-belli.com/">Belli &amp; Belli&#39;s website.</a></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/stjoe2.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">A return trip is in order, however, to capture the hospital&#39;s best midcentury modern feature: The&nbsp; Dan Ryan Memorial Chapel on the 11th floor. I haven&#39;t seen it in years, but the <em>A Chicago Sojourn </em>blog has <a href="http://achicagosojourn.blogspot.com/2008/03/two-hospital-chapels.html">pretty good photos here</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-12/tip-fedora-st-joseph-hospitals-postwar-cool-104410 Women’s hospital aims for ‘baby friendly’ status http://www.wbez.org/story/women%E2%80%99s-hospital-aims-%E2%80%98baby-friendly%E2%80%99-status-96224 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-09/breast feeding_Flickr_thekmancom.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago. (AP/File)" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-08/Prentice.jpg" style="margin: 9px 18px 6px 1px; float: left; width: 254px; height: 380px;" title="The facility, part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, delivers about 12,000 babies a year. (AP/File)">A hospital that delivers more than a quarter of babies born in Chicago is entering an international program that aims to improve the health of both newborns and their mothers. The program focuses on breastfeeding.</p><p>Prentice Women’s Hospital, part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is planning to follow 10 guidelines set by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, also known as UNICEF.</p><p>The guidelines include helping mothers begin breastfeeding within an hour of birth, providing infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically necessary, giving no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding babies and allowing mothers and newborns to room together around the clock.</p><p>Prentice, one of eight Chicago hospitals to apply for the baby-friendly status so far, delivers about 12,000 infants a year, more than any other facility in the city. The path toward the designation includes extensive staff training and new hospital policies. The process could last years.</p><p>“All the staff in the hospital will get some exposure to what it means to be a baby-friendly hospital,” said Adam Becker, executive director of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, a federally funded group that works with the city to help hospitals enter the international program. “Then there are many categories of staff that do more hands-on training.”</p><p>“If Prentice takes all these steps,” Becker added, “roughly 27 percent of babies born in Chicago and their mothers will have access to the most supportive environment possible to encourage breastfeeding from birth.”</p><p>But the program has a downside, according to Dr. Maura Quinlan, vice chairwoman of the Illinois section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “The main issue is time, especially documenting the whole process and the 10 steps,” she said. “I don’t think many smaller hospitals have the resources to go through the application.”</p><p>“The designation is something the hospital can show on its website but it doesn’t mean that other hospitals don’t provide the same services,” said Quinlan, who delivers babies at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn.</p><p>Prentice’s quest for baby-friendly status marks a turnaround of sorts. Years ago the hospital eliminated many of its lactation-specialist positions.</p><p>Illinois birth-certificate data for the six months ending last July 31 suggest that about 80 percent of Prentice newborns breastfed there. By that measure, the hospital ranked sixth among 19 facilities that deliver babies in the city.</p><p>The first hospital in Chicago to apply for the baby-friendly status was Holy Cross last summer. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/after-wbez-report-hospital-steps-breastfeeding-efforts-90006">A top official there said a WBEZ report</a> about the hospital’s breastfeeding performance made improvement a priority.</p><p>The other Chicago applicants include Mount Sinai Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital, the University of Illinois Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Resurrection Medical Center and Roseland Community Hospital.</p><p>More than 15,000 facilities in 134 countries have earned the baby-friendly status since the program’s 1991 launch, according to UNICEF. In the United States, just 125 hospitals had received the designation by December, according to New York-based Baby-Friendly USA Inc., a chapter of the international program. The only two in Illinois are Pekin Hospital in downstate Pekin and St. John’s Hospital, further south in Springfield.</p><p>U.S. health officials say breastfeeding helps newborns avoid infections, obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma. For mothers, they say it reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies get no solids or liquids other than breast milk for the first six months of life.</p></p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 11:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/women%E2%80%99s-hospital-aims-%E2%80%98baby-friendly%E2%80%99-status-96224