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Due to a recent surge in pediatric RSV and flu, we are allowing only visitors 18 years of age and older in our general inpatient (hospital) settings at this time for the safety of our patients, in line with Illinois Department of Public Health guidance. Read More

PN-3b Blood Cultures Performed Before FIrst Antibiotic Received

Pneumonia can be caused viruses, bacteria and fungi. In adults, bacteria is the most common cause, and tend to be the most serious. The results of a blood culture helps determine what kind of bacteria is the cause and which antibiotic is appropriate.

Our goal is to be in the top 10% percent of hospitals nationwide. We have multi-disciplinary teams actively working to improve our performance in this area and others.