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Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is a 502-bed teaching and referral center located on Chicago's north side at 836 W. Wellington. In addition to the hospital, Illinois Masonic operates a 330-bed skilled nursing center and eight ambulatory care facilities; included among these are centers specializing in women's medicine and pediatric development. Illinois Masonic is also home to a freestanding cancer center, incorporating all aspects of cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and research. Illinois Masonic also features numerous high-tech diagnostic and treatment resources, including a dual energy linear accelerator. Illinois Masonic is one of Chicago's busiest emergency care sites and is designated a Level I Trauma Center.

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is a 608-bed teaching, research and referral hospital located just northwest of Chicago in Park Ridge, Illinois. The hospital provides a broad range of services with special emphasis given to trauma, high-risk pregnancy, critically ill infants and children, heart disease and cancer. Lutheran General has been designated a Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center. Each year, the hospital serves approximately 25,000 inpatients, 42,000 emergency room patients, and performs more than 16,000 operative procedures. In 2001, Lutheran General was named one of the top 100 hospitals in the country as well as one of the nation's preferred hospitals by consumers.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center is a 503-bed teaching hospital and referral center located on Chicago's near south side at the Stevenson Expressway and King Drive. The hospital features a busy resident-oriented clinic system, over 40,000 annual emergency room visits and a variety of in-house units specializing in cancer, diabetes, gerontology, coronary disease and critical care. Mercy Hospital also operates a 300-bed skilled nursing home, five ambulatory care centers and a fully staffed research facility on campus.

Saint Francis Hospital of Evanston is a 445-bed teaching hospital noted for excellence in cardiology and for modern specialty programs. Located near Lake Michigan in Evanston, Illinois. Saint Francis Hospital serves residents of Chicago's far north side and the northern suburbs. The hospital's staff includes more than 300 physicians, representing 34 medical specialties. Each year, there are approximately 14,000 inpatient admissions and 200,000 outpatient visits. Saint Francis Hospital's emergency department serves approximately 30,000 patients per year.

The good physIcIan knows hIs patIents through and through, and hIs knowledge Is bought dearly. TIme, sympathy, and understandIng must be lavIshly dIspensed, but the reward Is to be found In that personal bond whIch forms the greatest satIsfactIon of the practIce of medIcIne. One of the essentIal qualItIes of the clInIcIan Is Interest In humanIty, for the secret of the carIng of the patIent Is In carIng for the patIent.

Dr. Francis Weld Peabody Lecture to Harvard Medical School students, 1927

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