The Department of Anesthesia at NorthShore University HealthSystem provides superior anesthesia services to meet the medical care and pain relief needs of patients. The department is a critical component of NorthShore’s integrated healthcare delivery system—named in 2020 to Fortune/IBM Watson Health™ Top 100 Hospitals® list for a record 21st time, more than any hospital or health system in the United States. NorthShore also consistently ranks in the Top 15 Teaching Hospitals in the nation. NorthShore features five hospitals and four specialty institutes with significant capabilities in a wide spectrum of leading clinical programs: cardiovascular, orthopaedics, oncology, and neurological. Headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, the NorthShore system hospitals are Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park, Skokie, and Swedish.
A highly collaborative Anesthesia Care Team (ACT) Model characterizes the department’s broad-based practice that focuses always on optimizing the care and comfort of patients. Anesthesia care is delivered in a dynamic environment that promotes professional growth and development of the entire clinical team, from anesthesiologists to certified nurse anesthetists to student nurse anesthetists and anesthesiology residents. As a teaching affiliate of the University of Chicago, as well as the NorthShore School of Nurse Anesthesia, based at Evanston Hospital, the department also helps to advance the latest in research and education of physicians and nursing staff.
Scope of Anesthesia Practice
The Department of Anesthesia cares for all NorthShore patients requiring anesthesia procedures and services. The busy practice serves patients of all ages—from neonates to geriatrics—in a wide array of surgical specialty areas, including neurology, general surgery, orthopaedics, thoracic surgery, urology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, otolaryngology, gynecology, and ophthalmology.
Other specialty areas covered in the practice include:
- Pediatric Anesthesia—Pediatric ENT, GI, Orthopaedics and general surgery and neonates
- Obstetric Anesthesia—scheduled at two NorthShore hospitals: Evanston and Highland Park
- Cardiac Anesthesia procedures—CABG, open and minimally invasive heart valve repair/replacements, ECMO, and implantation of ventricular assist devices
- Regional Anesthesia—neuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks
- Integrated Pain Center
- Critical Care Medicine
The primary service sites of the department are located in NorthShore’s operating rooms and labor and delivery facilities. Secondary services sites may include interventional radiology, cardiac, catheter lab, emergency department, gastroenterology lab, bronchoscopy suite, intensive care unit, pain clinic, PACU, inpatient rooms, ambulatory surgery centers, and/or any NorthShore location requiring anesthesia care.