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Emergency Medicine

Injuries and accidents are the third leading cause of death for men.  Fortunately, most injuries and accidents are not life-threatening, but they still require expert and fast treatment.

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s Emergency Department provides responsive, high-quality emergency care, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Emergency Department is state-of-the-art and features a private triage station, private patient rooms and a children’s playroom.

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a Level II Trauma Center staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians who are trained and equipped to stabilize patients who have undergone major trauma, or who are suffering from a heart attack, stroke or other health emergency.

In the area of pediatric emergency care, we hold a distinguished pediatric certification—Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics—awarded by Emergency Medical Services for Children in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health. This certification means we are able to provide superior emergency care to children in the form of preventative, acute and rehabilitative services.

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is the only hospital in Lake County with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago pediatric hospitalists on staff 24/7 to immediately assist in the care of ill children or admit them to the hospital. All our Emergency Department nurses are certified in pediatric advanced life support.

Patients are seen in order of the severity of their condition. Depending on the severity of your illness or injury and the bed availability within the emergency department, you may be asked to wait or be immediately taken to an exam room. If your problem is minor, you may be seen by a nurse practitioner, but you may always request a physician.

Grayslake Emergency Center

At the Grayslake Emergency Center, we treat a wide range of injuries and provide emergency care for patients in western Lake County. We can also accept basic life support (BLS) ambulance transports with emergency patients.

The center is open 24/7 and has 14 emergency treatment beds, staffed by the same board-certified emergency physicians, nurse practitioners, advanced life support technicians and certified nurses who provide skilled care at the Emergency Department on Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s main campus.

In addition to the Emergency Center, Northwestern Grayslake continues to offer outpatient services:

An ambulance is on-site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Grayslake to transport patients to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital or other area hospitals, if needed.

Wood-Prince Family Stroke Center

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital's Wood-Prince Family Stroke Center enables us to enhance our existing stroke care and advance the emergency care we provide to residents of Lake County.

As a Certified Primary Stroke Center, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is one of the few state-recognized emergency departments in the area that can accept ambulances with stroke patients. Because of our technology and rigorous staff training, we are uniquely equipped to stabilize and treat anyone with stroke symptoms—so that you or a family member receive the best, most appropriate and most efficient care in the event of a stroke.

Learn more about our Stroke Center.

When to Seek Emergency Care


Call 911 if you:

  • Have a life threatening injury/illness
  • Experience head, neck or back trauma, or other major trauma
  • Fear you or the patient may need medical attention before you can get to the hospital, or you have doubts about your ability to drive safely to the emergency room
  • Have physical limitations preventing you from getting you or the patient to the hospital

Seek treatment from an Emergency Room in the following situations:

  • Poisoning
  • Abdominal pain with fever
  • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
  • Severe burns
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Dehydration
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness
  • Stroke
  • Severe head wound
  • Major trauma
  • Difficulty breathing or bluish look around the mouth
  • Sudden dizziness or weakness
  • Seizures
  • Possible suicide or mental disorder
  • Foreign object swallowed or otherwise lodged in the body
  • Severe and/or persistent vomiting

Parents: To be prepared in the event that your child may need to go to the Emergency Department before you can arrive, complete this Parental Consent: Emergency Release form and leave it where it can be found easily by a teacher, neighbor or babysitter.

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We offer a variety of appointment times to best fit our patients' busy schedules. Please call to determine the best appointment time for you.

Emergency Medicine

Lake Forest
Emergency Department: 847.535.6150
Emergency Center: 847.535.8950