Lake Forest Hospital, Advocate Condell Medical Center, Vista Medical Center in Lake County Reach ICU Capacity — Fluctuating Situation

On Wednesday April 8, 2020, three Lake County hospitals (Lake Forest Hospital, Advocate Condell Medical Center, and Vista Medical Center) reported to the Lake County Health Department that they reached their capacity in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) while caring for seriously ill Coronavirus COVID-19 patients. The three hospitals reporting to the Lake County Health Department also reported that they DO have enough ventilators to care for their current patients. The status of the hospitals can change hour-by-hour.

Some Lake County hospitals were abnormally quiet a few weeks ago as people avoided hospitals and deferred elective treatment and procedures. The three Lake County hospitals at ICU capacity are the first known to reach capacity in Illinois during the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Right now the administrators are not requesting the health department stand-up an external facility for patients; but that is something the health department looks at every single day, looking at locations, looking at possibilities should that need arise, we want to be their to supply that demand.”

— Lake County Health Department

A makeshift hospital at McCormick Place that is initially designed to treat mild-to-moderately Coronavirus COVID-19 patients. As of late Wednesday had not accepted any patients.

There are 211 hospitals in Illinois. The Lake County hospitals are located in IDPH Region 10. Some of the overflow patients might be treated at other hospitals in Region 10, or a hospital in an adjacent region, such as Region 8. Northwest Community Hospital is in Region 9.

REGION 8

Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville, IL
Level I Trauma Center

NorthShore Evanston Hospital, Evanston, IL
Level I Trauma Center

NorthShore Glenbrook Hospital, Glenview, IL
Level II Trauma Center

NorthShore Highland Park Hospital, Highland Park, IL
Level II Trauma Center

Nothwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest, IL
Level II Trauma Center

NorthShore Skokie Hospital, Skokie, IL
Level II Trauma Center

St. Francis Hospital, Evanston, IL
Level I Trauma Center

Vista Medical Center East, Waukegan, IL
Level II Trauma Center

UHS St. Catherine’s Medical Center, Pleasant Prairie, WI Level II Trauma Center

See also …

dph.illinois.gov | Trauma Centers by IDPH Region

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Three north suburban hospitals reached their licensed Intensive Care capacity Wednesday, but officials say they can still handle patients because of overflow space built fearing this day would come.