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If you represent a pharmaceutical or device company looking for clinical trials
sites, we encourage you to contact us at or 630.929.6129.

Choosing Advocate Health Care As Your Research Partner
Advocate Health Care, based in Downers Grove, Illinois, is the largest fully integrated nonprofit health care delivery system in metropolitan Chicago and is repeatedly recognized as one of the top 10 health systems in the country.

Advocate has 10 adult care and one children’s hospital with two locations with 3,500 beds and the state's largest privately held full-service home health care company among its more than 200 sites of care.

In 2010 Advocate Health Care served the Chicagoland community through:

  • 3.7 million hospital outpatient visits
  • 403,000 emergency department visits
  • 7,000 trauma patients treated annually
  • 146,809 hospital admissions
  • 19,764 births
  • 12,721 home care admissions

We treat more pediatric patients than any other system in the state.
We diagnose and treat more cancer than any other system in the state.

More than 25,000 people work at Advocate, making it one of Chicagoland's 10 largest employers and the fourth largest in the private sector.

With more than 6,000 affiliated physicians, including almost 4,000 in physician hospital organizations (PHOs) and over 1,000 physicians in large medical groups, Advocate has Chicago's largest economically aligned physician network.

Advocate maintains master academic and teaching affiliations with the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Midwestern University, and Rosalind Franklin University.

In regard to research, Advocate Health Care has:

  • a single, internal Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • centralized Clinical Trials Offices for Adult and Pediatric Research
  • certified research personnel

Centralized research offices, along with a single internal IRB, provides sponsors with a single contact through which to develop multiple sites, facilitates the collection of data, and expedites the completion of protocols.

In our continuing commitment to provide quality services, all Advocate Health Care personnel involved in the conduct of research are minimally required to complete computer-based ethics training through the NIH Office of Human Subjects Research.

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