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A PATIENT CENTERED ORGANIZATION

The University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics is a patient centered organization. Providing safe, high-quality, and cost-effective care for our patients is our foremost responsibility. The care of our patients and their families will always be at the heart of our mission.

OUR MISSION

In collaboration with our academic partners, our mission is to advance healthcare to improve the health of our patients and communities, promote health equity, and develop the next generations of healthcare leaders.

Overview

  • A 495-licensed-bed hospital, caring for over 137,000 individuals.
  • Children's Hospital University of Illinois (CHUI) includes a 101-bed specialty pediatric hospital with 55-bed NICU.
  • Outpatient Care: A state-of-the-art 245,000 square-foot facility, the Outpatient Care Center houses 23 primary and specialty care clinics. 
  • 13 Mile Square Health Centers located in neighborhoods throughout Chicagoland.
  • 853 board-certified physicians on staff. 
  • Seven health science colleges that contribute to the development and training of healthcare professionals in Illinois.

Academic Partners:

  • UI Health enterprise is the state's largest public healthcare provider, with over 500,000 patient visits at the hospital and clinics.
  • One in six Illinois doctors receive training at the College of Medicine; University of Illinois College of Medicine alumni practice in nearly 90% of Illinois counties.
  • The College of Medicine is the largest medical school in the nation and trains approximately 2,200 medical students and residents annually.
  • The College of Pharmacy, one of only three state-supported pharmacy schools in Illinois, is ranked #7 nationally in NIH funding and has an outstanding clinical focus through its Department of Pharmacy Practice-one of the largest in the country. 
  • The College of Dentistry is one of three dental schools in the state.
  • The College of Applied Health Sciences is ranked in the top five colleges of applied health nationwide.
  • The College of Nursing is second in NIH funding among nursing colleges nationwide.
  • The School of Public Health is the only CEPH-accredited school of public health in Illinois.
  • University of Illinois Hospital employs over 3,600 people in the Chicago area.

Technology:

  • UI Hospital is consistently named among the "Most Wired Hospitals" by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine.
  • UI Health offers state-of-the-art digital mammograms, providing patients less time in the exam room, more clear and accurate images, and easy storage and retrieval of digital images.
  • Two state-of-the-art 3-Tesla MRIs for clinical and research use at the Advanced Imaging Center; as well as the world's most powerful 9.4T MRI dedicated to advancing medicine through clinical research. 
  • Molecular imaging and PET-CT imaging elevates the precision of diagnoses for cancer and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.
  • Leading-edge radiation oncology with the ExacTrac® image guided radiotherapy. UI Health physicians target and treat tumors by combining precision-guided radiation therapy and surgery.
  • A world-class robotic surgery program for all solid organs with a focus on successful outcomes and fewer patient complications.

Research:

  • The state-of-the-art Blood & Marrow Transplant Unit with satellite pharmacy and leading technology is unique because of its innovative approach to limiting toxicity to patients being treated for blood cancer, such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma, or for nonmalignant diseases such as sickle cell or aplastic anemia.
  • UI Health is a leader of The Chicago Diabetes Project, an international research initiative dedicated to curing diabetes with islet cell transplantation.
  • The Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at UI Health is the only center in the Chicago area to treat both children and adults. It offers the only known cure for the disease, stem cell transplantation, and has functionally cured 12 Sickle Cell patients.
  • A UI Health-led clinical trial found that low blood flow to the back of the brain increases the risk that a person will have a second stroke.
  • UI Health was the first hospital to prescribe Novocure, the only nondrug FDA-approved device to treat glioblastoma, in 2011. UI Health continues to be a leader in providing this therapy, which delivers currents of electricity to the brain.
  • Clinician scientists at UI Health are evaluating a novel MRI technique to discriminate between aggressive and slower growing early-stage prostate cancers so that those who need treatment get it while patients with less aggressive cancers can confidently opt for active monitoring.
  • UI Health is the Chicago site for the largest ongoing study of Hispanic health to date. The multicity study has revealed a unique set of health risk factors and insights into the prevalence of certain diseases like diabetes and hypertension for this diverse population.

Excellence in Patient Care:

  • Care giving that builds relationships between our patients and nurses.
  • A successful UI Health rapid response team provides immediate bedside evaluation for patients with early warning signs of a change in clinical status. 
  • UI Health continues to strive for transparency and risk reduction through innovative programs initially developed by the Institute for Patient Safety Excellence.
  • Pre- and posttransplant education for solid-organ transplant recipients through an innovative program that combines social workers, transplant coordinators, and patients in regular dialogue.
  • Empowering Patient Interdisciplinary Care (EPIC) is specifically designed to coordinate care toward improving long-term health outcomes and reducing healthcare cost and utilization for healthcare superutilizers.

Community Commitment

  • UI Health is the exclusive health system sponsor of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. The partnership encourages wellness and physical activity for the community we serve.
  • UI Health partners with St. Baldrick's Foundation to support pediatric cancer research and treatment.
  • UI Health partners with A Silver Lining Foundation to help women obtain a mammogram. The program has provided more than 1,600 diagnostic and screening procedures over the last four years. 
  • UI Health is a key charity sponsor for the Chicago Marathon to raise money for the Chicago Diabetes Project and for the American Heart Association Heart Walk annually.
  • UI Health annually partners with Chicago hospitals to introduce Child Life to families through an event called "A Day in the Hospital." The program helps kids feel comfortable with the hospital environment in case they ever need care and educates parents about resources they can access if their child is ever hospitalized.
  • UI Health organizes Miracle on Taylor Street, an annual coming together since 1985, to sponsor children and families in the communities we serve during the holiday season, providing toys, clothing, reading materials, and hundreds of dollars in donations.
  • Partnering with Get Covered Illinois, the state's health insurance marketplace, UI Health has organized over 75 days of on-site health insurance education and enrollment assistance for our patients and community members.
  • Since the start of the first open enrollment period (October 1, 2013), UI Health has enrolled over 5,700 individuals in Illinois's expanded Medicaid program and over 260 people in marketplace plans. We have assisted thousands more by answering questions or starting their enrollment process.

Accolades

  • Designated children's hospital with outstanding general and subspecialty care for children throughout the state.
  • An outstanding in vitro fertilization program with the highest birth rates in the state of Illinois. The IVF Program is recognized nationally for individualized care for women over 35 years of age and women with recurrent IVF failure.
  • UI Health is home to the Walter Payton Liver Center, an integrated program of research, education, and care dedicated to treating patients with liver disease.
  • UI Health consistently has more than 100 doctors listed in Best Doctors in America.
  • UI Health has one of the largest midwifery programs in the Midwest and is Chicago's largest women's midwifery program.
  • UI Health now has one of the largest recurrent pregnancy loss programs in North America, offering hope to women and their partners who have suffered previous miscarriages.
  • UI Health, a leader in live donor transplantation, is among the best kidney and liver transplant programs in the United States and one of the most prominent transplant programs for Hispanic transplant recipients. 
  • UI Health neurosurgeons have special expertise in treating brain aneurysms, having helped more than 1,000 patients in the last four years, the most in the state of Illinois.
  • UI Health is the first academic health center in the Midwest to offer the LenSx® femtosecond laser to select cataract patients. This laser system, with accuracy to a few hundred-thousandths of an inch, allows eye surgeons to optimize patient outcomes.
  • UI Health has performed the most corneal transplants/keratoprosthesis in the state of Illinois. 
  • One of the first centers to employ a pharmacist in a coordinated-care position to indirectly impact patient care through review of prescribing habits and direct patient counseling. 
  • UI Health was the first to create a clinical informatics fellowship program that integrates training of the physicians with the hospital's Information Services team. 
  • UI Health's Craniofacial Center is recognized for providing oral, facial, and ocular prosthetic services for individuals with congenital or acquired craniofacial conditions in a single, patient-friendly location. 
  • UI Health's Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program in the Department of Medicine is the largest center in the Midwest and the second largest center nationwide.
  • UI Health cardiologists have been leaders in using radial artery access, a technique recently shown to provide optimal outcomes for patients with heart disease, to identify and treat all types of coronary artery blockages and is currently using this approach in nearly 90% of patients.

Recognition

  • UI Health hospital and clinic facilities are fully accredited by the Joint Commission.
  • Comprehensive stroke certification, which means UI Health is part of an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care.
  • An inpatient rehabilitation program recognized by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
  • Medal of Honor designation for exceptional rates for organ donation among eligible donors.
  • UI Health achieved Center of Excellence status with Optum Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield Star Plus distinction for BMT.
  • UI Health's Bariatric Surgery Program is a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications.
  • UI Health was named a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Health Equality Index for our commitment to great LGBTQ care.