Monday, April 29, 2013
Francis Cardinal George Celebrates Arrival of Women & Children's Hospital
FRANCIS CARDINAL GEORGE CELEBRATES ARRIVAL OF WOMEN & CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
(Hoffman Estates, IL.) - Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, blessed physicians, staff, patients and their families during a visit to the newly opened Alexian Brothers Women and Children’s Hospital (ABWCH) in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Cardinal George’s visit April 29 capped a series of celebrations surrounding the opening of the $125 million hospital April 6. The hospital’s arrival begins “a new era of advanced pediatric care in the Chicago suburbs,” said Cardinal George, who visited ABWCH patients at their bedsides during the blessing event. “This is a great service to bring a children’s and women’s hospital of this caliber into this area.”
Cardinal George thanked the Alexian Brothers, the lay leaders, physicians and associates of Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), and ABHS benefactors for making the 126-bed hospital a reality. He also expressed special thanks to the physicians, nurses and other staff members of ABWCH for manifesting the “self-sacrificing love of Christ” in their care for patients. Located adjacent to St. Alexius Medical Center, ABWCH provides convenient access to a broad continuum of advanced pediatric care that families in Chicago’s northwest suburbs previously could receive only by traveling much farther.
Expected to deliver more than 3,000 babies this year, the new Alexian Brothers Women & Children’s Hospital features a 16-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a full complement of pediatric sub-specialty physicians to provide advanced life-saving care for fragile babies as young as 24 weeks and as small as one pound. The new hospital is also be the home for The Center for Pediatric Brain, the first such center of its kind, where pediatric neurologists provide services such as epilepsy treatment, concussion recovery, and neuropsychological and developmental evaluations, providing seamless and comprehensive neurological care for children. More information about the new Alexian Brothers Women & Children’s Hospital can be found at: www.myalexiankids.net.
About Alexian Brothers Health System
Ranked among the nation’s best-performing health systems, the Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), part of St. Louis-based Ascension Health, is comprised of five hospitals and a center for mental health; immediate care centers, diagnostic imaging facilities, occupational health centers and a physician practice group that serves more than two million people every year in Chicago’s suburbs. ABHS also has an enduring commitment to identifying and developing an effective response to the unique health and housing needs of older adults through a dynamic senior ministries program that operates an array of residential, retirement and community resources in Missouri, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. For more information visit: www.alexianbrothershealth.org