May 6, 2020

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital's Renovated and Expanded Emergency Department Now Open

MELROSE PARK, IL – Gottlieb Memorial Hospital’s renovated and expanded emergency department opens today, May 5. The expansion will accommodate an increase in daily patient visits and future growth to meet the needs of Melrose Park and surrounding communities. Gottlieb is a member of Loyola Medicine, which includes Loyola University Medical Center and MacNeal Hospital.

The $15.8 million project is made possible by the Gottlieb Memorial Foundation under the leadership of chairman Jack Weinberg. Mr. Weinberg’s grandparents, David and Dorothy Gottlieb, along with other community leaders, founded Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in 1961.

His parents, Marjorie and Judd Weinberg, and uncle, Alvin Gottlieb, were all original and lifetime members of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital’s Board. 

The new Judd A. Weinberg Emergency Department at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital is named for Mr. Weinberg’s father. Jack Weinberg describes his family’s motivation for opening the hospital as "a sense of civic pride, concern for the well-being of others and desire to give back."

"An emergency department is the lifeblood of a community and a critical access point for lifesaving care," said Weinberg. "It is an honor to be part of such an important project that will continue saving lives and supporting families for many years to come."

The emergency department is prepared to see more than 30,000 patients annually and accommodate increased ambulance traffic from nearby neighborhoods; additional ambulance bays have been added.

"We are grateful for the Weinberg family's longstanding commitment to Gottlieb Memorial Hospital," said Shawn P. Vincent, president and CEO of Loyola Medicine. "The Gottlieb Memorial Foundation is a continuous source of support for innovation and expansion to meet the evolving needs of the community."

With a focus on efficient care, bedside registration was incorporated into the new design. The space has new accommodations for geriatric, bariatric, substance abuse and psychiatric patients including larger doorways, anxiety-reducing design and safety elements that benefit all patients. In addition, the Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is supporting this project through the installation of patient lifts in the Emergency Department to prevent injuries to patients and staff.

Important features of the renovation include improved safety and security to ensure a comfortable patient experience and a safe workplace. Increased outdoor lighting, a 24/7 staffed security post, improved visibility throughout the department, natural lighting and slip- and glare-free flooring. Private exam and triage rooms, as well as a “results pending” area, offer comfortable chairs and televisions for patients who don’t require a hospital bed while waiting for test results.

Walsh Construction was the general contractor on the project.

Alan Goldberg, a 40-year Gottlieb employee who retired as vice president of administrative services, helped with the planning and execution of this project on behalf of the Gottlieb Memorial Foundation.

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital is a 24/7-bed acute care hospital in Melrose Park that offers advanced specialty, emergency, inpatient and outpatient medical care in a community hospital setting. The hospital’s level II trauma center delivers high-quality acute care to adults and children 24 hours a day. The clinical staff is skilled in advanced cardiac care, and all staff nurses are certified in advanced cardiac life support.

The Gottlieb Memorial Foundation has pledged $31 million to Gottlieb since the hospital joined Loyola Medicine in 2009. Projects include remodeling the Alvin J. Gottlieb Intensive Care Unit, converting double occupancy patient rooms to private, upgrading the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center including a pharmacy installation, remodeling a second floor waiting area and building-out the mammography suite.

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital's is located at 701 W. North Avenue in Melrose Park.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.

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