WBEZ | Northwestern Memorial Hospital http://www.wbez.org/tags/northwestern-memorial-hospital Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Hospital responds to immigrant transplant protest http://www.wbez.org/news/hospital-responds-immigrant-transplant-protest-108300 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP071116021222.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Chicago hospital says its organ transplant decisions aren&#39;t based on whether a patient is a U.S. citizen or in this country illegally.</p><p>Northwestern Memorial Hospital issued a response to protesters and hunger strikers who say local hospitals are discriminating against immigrants in this country illegally.</p><p>The hospital says all transplant decisions are based on several factors including the patient&#39;s home life, social environment and ability to pay for costly treatment.</p><p>The protesters met Monday with a Northwestern representative and say the hospital has agreed to participate in an ongoing dialogue about the issue.</p><p>They are now focusing their protest on another area hospital, Christ Advocate in Oak Lawn.</p></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/hospital-responds-immigrant-transplant-protest-108300 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 New Northwestern outpatient center could add hundreds of city jobs http://www.wbez.org/story/new-northwestern-outpatient-center-could-add-hundreds-city-jobs-94522 <p><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday a new outpatient center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital could bring hundreds of jobs to the city.</p><p>Emanuel said the new center, which would be dedicated primarily to diagnostic and therapeutic services, could create 650 new permanent jobs and 700 temporary construction jobs in Chicago. He said another 300 jobs would be relocated from elsewhere in the Chicago area.</p><p>"Today's job announcement is about our economic growth, but it's bigger than just the job announcement," said Emanuel. "It's about claiming the ground as Chicago being one of the health care centers of the country and therefore the world."</p><p>Building plans for the new downtown clinic have been approved by the city's Planning Commission, but the Zoning Commission and the City Council still need to sign off on the million-square foot facility.&nbsp;</p><p>Emanuel said he's sure the proposed clinic will get approval from City Council. The building is scheduled to be completed in 2014.</p></p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 22:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/new-northwestern-outpatient-center-could-add-hundreds-city-jobs-94522 CSO's Riccardo Muti won't finish remaining winter residency http://www.wbez.org/story/cdata/csos-riccardo-muti-wont-finish-remaining-winter-residency <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//660821.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Riccardo Muti&rsquo;s doctor says he is resting comfortably at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after surgery to repair two facial fractures. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director suffered injuries to his jaw and cheek bone in a fall during rehearsal last week. In order to heal the injuries, several screws and metal plates were placed in his jaw and cheekbone.</p> <div>Deborah Rutter is president of the CSO Association. She said when she spoke with him this morning Muti was in good spirits, despite the fact that his jaw is wired shut. &ldquo;He made fun of how he looked,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;And went directly to saying &lsquo;I&rsquo;m so disappointed I didn&rsquo;t get to do the performances, I can&rsquo;t wait to get back to them.&rsquo;&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>There is no date scheduled for Muti's release from the hospital. His doctor said he is recovering well, but will need to undergo more testing to determine the cause of his initial collapse. Rutter says Muti will not be conducting next week's scheduled performances. That means he will miss all the performances scheduled for his winter CSO residency, after missing half of last fall's residency performances due to an exhaustion-related gastric illness.</div></p> Tue, 08 Feb 2011 20:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/cdata/csos-riccardo-muti-wont-finish-remaining-winter-residency Chicago hospitals brace for alcohol-related problems on New Year's Eve http://www.wbez.org/story/alcohol/chicago-hospitals-brace-alcohol-related-problems-new-years-eve <p><p>Emergency rooms around Chicago are bracing for an influx of patients seeking help for drinking too much Friday.</p><p>The head of the emergency room at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago's western suburbs says he sees more teenagers on New Year's for alcohol-related problems than any other day of the year.</p><p>It's an old routine for hospitals by now. Emergency room doctors prepare for patients who celebrate New Year's Eve a bit too much. Dr. Rahul Khare works at the ER at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.</p><p>&quot;It's actually pretty quiet a couple hours before new year's, but then about 15 minutes after new year's hits, we do see a surge of ambulances,&quot;&nbsp;Khare said.</p><p>Khare said doctors mostly try to re-hydrate patients. He said pumping stomachs is invasive and doctors don't do it much any more.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/alcohol/chicago-hospitals-brace-alcohol-related-problems-new-years-eve