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August 27, 2012

Wood-Prince Stroke Center at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Re-certified by the Joint Commission

Lake Forest, Ill. – The Wood-Prince Stroke Center at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital has been re-certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. Under Illinois law, only those facilities designated as Primary Stroke Centers can receive ambulances transporting patients with stroke-like symptoms.

“We are proud to once again be designated as Primary Stroke Center,” says Thomas J. McAfee, President, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. “With this re-certification, Lake County residents can be assured that any family member or neighbor who is experiencing stroke symptoms will receive lifesaving care close to home.”

The initial certification was made possible by a generous donation from the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund on behalf of the Wood-Prince Family. A special plaque recognizing the gift now hangs near the entrance of the Emergency Department and Stroke Center.

“Our family pleased and grateful for the re-certification,” said Alain Wood-Prince. “It recognizes the outstanding work of the hospital’s top-notch clinical staff, and it affirms the benefit to our community.”

Learn more about the Wood-Prince Family Stroke Center.

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About Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a wholly owned entity of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. The hospital has more than 700 physicians board-certified in 90 medical specialties, located at its Lake Forest and Grayslake campuses and at facilities in Glenview, Gurnee Brookside, Gurnee Tower Court, Libertyville, Lindenhurst and Vernon Hills. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is ranked among Illinois’ “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, has been named the Consumer Choice hospital in Lake and Kenosha counties for nine years in a row by National Research Corporation and receives an "A" Hospital Safety Score from the nonprofit Leapfrog Group. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a Magnet hospital, having earned the country’s highest recognition for patient care and nursing and is rated among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” guide by Working Mother magazine. For more information, visit

About Northwestern Medical Group

Northwestern Medical Group is a multi-site physician network with 122 physicians offering primary and specialty care services, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology, corporate health, executive health, integrative medicine, sports medicine, and travel medicine. Northwestern Medical Group has 25 locations throughout the Chicago area, including Chicago offices in the Loop, Streeterville, Wicker Park/Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview, as well as offices in Deerfield, Evanston, Glenview, Grayslake, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Libertyville. All physicians are on the medical staffs of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and/or Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.