Northwestern Medicine plans to open its Glenview Outpatient Center next month, bringing village residents a new site for everything from pediatrics to dermatology, and even general surgery.
The center is expected to open March 1, and will occupy first and second floors of a four-story building at 2701 Patriot Blvd. It will offer primary care and specialty services.
Employing 20 to 30 physicians other services include orthopedics and some laboratory and X-ray tests, according to Jennifer Sellis, Northwestern's equipment planner for the project. MRI screens and CT scanning should be ready by summer, she said.
"We are trying to extended ourselves into the community so residents can get convenient care for both primary and specialist care," said Daniel Derman, vice president of Northwestern Memorial and president of Northwestern Memorial Physician's Group. "The best part for patients is that it's close to home."
The new center is part of Northwestern Medicine's efforts to make its services more readily available in the suburbs of Chicago, Derman said.
Northwestern Medicine recently bought the Glenview building, which also houses infant formula maker Mead Johnson & Co. on third and fourth floors. The organization also plans to open its immediate care facility later in May on the first floor of the building, which will require some construction.
The Glenview Plan Commission has already approved the final plan of the project, and the proposal is scheduled for presentation before the board of trustees in the next few weeks.
The immediate care center would operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, serving people who don't necessarily need to go to an emergency room but still feel sick, Derman said.
"But if, God forbid, something happens that requires more sophisticated testing, we always have the Northwestern Memorial Hospital downtown," Derman said.
In order to establish the addition, officials propose to construct a canopy at the west side of the building, revamp the sidewalks and add three extra 15-minute parking spaces.
Michelle House, the project's case manager with the Village of Glenview, said that once all the approvals are in place for the immediate care center the actual construction should not take too long. The work is expected to ease access to the immediate care and should be completed by sometime in April.
The Glenview location would join five other Northwestern Medicine local clinics, the latest of which opened in Evanston in October 2012.
A seventh center in Deerfield is scheduled to open later this spring.
Once complete, the suburban expansion is expected to have brought about 100 new primary care physicians and more than 40 specialists from Northwestern Medicine into communities around Chicago, according to a Northwestern Medicine press release.
Some locals were excited to hear about the new clinic.
"It's always good to have more of those around," said Elaine Glidden, 60, a Northbrook resident. "You never know what can happen."
Gidden said she uses the North Shore University Health System for her regular care and the nearby Glenbrook Hospital for emergencies.
But she added that she wouldn't mind trying the upcoming immediate care center if the clinic would accept her insurance plan.
"That's great," said Northbrook resident Theresa Schumacher, 30, in response to the news of Northwestern Medicine moving into town. "They have a great reputation. I think it'd be something good."
Schumacher said she goes to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, but may also try the Northwestern Medicine clinic.
Still for other residents the new clinic won't change much in their routine.
Fred Sinker, 75, a Glenview resident, said he has had the same primary doctor for at least 35 years and doesn't have plans to change anything in his care.
Sinker, who is a member of the NorthShore Health System, said he is happy with his doctors and the Glenbrook Hospital, which is 15 minutes from his Glenview house.
"They're terrific," Sinker said.