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History

UI Health: Our Moments in Time

It all started over 100 years ago. Throughout this time, UI Health has been dedicated to medical research, education, and serving the communities of the Chicagoland area. UI Health is truly a unique place with a unique history.

  • 1881: College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) of Chicago was established and opens its doors to students in 1882. The facility was located on the corner of Harrison and Honore.
  • 1913: P&S becomes the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
  • 1917: The State of Illinois acquired the vacated Chicago Cubs park located between Wood and Wolcott. This turned into two medical college buildings and the Research and Educational Hospital.
  • 1941: The Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI) opens. NPI offers advanced care for the prevention and management of neurological conditions and is a world leader in Neurosciences.
  • 1968: Alumnus and pioneering transplant surgeon, Olga Jonasson, establishes the Division of Transplantation.
  • 1980: UIC Hospital (now UI Health) opens at 1740 W. Taylor St.
  • 1990: Mile Square Health Center (MSHC) becomes part of UI Health.
  • 1999:Outpatient Care Center (OCC) opens on Taylor. The OCC houses over twenty primary and specialty care clinics.
  • 2011: Discovered a cure for Sickle Cell.
  • 2014: MSHC opens its doors to a brand new facility at Roosevelt Road and Wood Street, one of thirteen MSHCs throughout Chicago. 
  • 2015: Became a Joint Commission accredited Comprehensive Stroke Center.

This is only a sample of what makes UI Health great. We continuously strive to grow and develop so that we can provide the best patient care. The care of our patients and their families, will always be at the heart of our mission.

Fun fact

At the turn of last century, a mental institution was located just past the left field fence at the Cubs old ballpark: West Side Grounds. The patients would literally scream out of open windows during the game. Thanks to that odd auditory ambiance at West Side Grounds, the phrase "that came out of left field" was coined.