Leading the Way to Better Care
Anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, ranked the No. 1 hospital in Illinois for seven straight years by U.S. News and World Report 2018-2019, Northwestern Medicine is on a relentless pursuit of better medicine. Behind every breakthrough in care is a story that shows the compassion and technology that drives the quest for better.
Leading with the Heart
Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the highest-ranked cardiology and heart surgery program in Illinois for 11 years straight, and among the top 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, 2018-2019— a reflection of the leading-edge cardiac and vascular services offered by Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.
When Jesus Garcia was having trouble breathing, his local hospital turned him away — twice. When a third episode struck, he told his wife he was going to a different hospital: Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
“They took me right away,” Jesus said, adding he was quickly moved from the Emergency Department to an inpatient cardiac floor. “I couldn’t breathe. It was awful.”
Jesus’ third trip to the hospital and his quest for a second opinion led him to become the first patient in Illinois to receive the HeartMate 3 LVAD (left ventricular assist device). See how he’s breathing easier today.
Hope, When You Need It Most
U.S. News and World Report 2018-2019 ranked Northwestern Memorial Hospital the highest in Illinois for 12 straight years and among the top 10 in the nation for Neurology and Neurosurgery. This team’s dedication and commitment to outstanding care helped Julian Sosa get his life back after a tragic accident.
“I call it my sign from God,” says Julian about the massive injury to his spine that initially left him paralyzed from the neck down. At just 22 years old, Julian was a carefree young man when he and his friends visited the local public pool to swim. Julian simply dove into 7 feet of water from the pool’s edge — then hit his head on the bottom of the pool.
Northwestern Medical Group Spine Surgeon Alpesh A. Patel, MD, performed emergency surgery, and four days later, he inserted rods into Julian’s broken spine. See how Julian learned to walk again and is now embracing his new life — as a father.