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Emergency Department turns one

Glendale Heights – Adventist GlenOaks Hospital invites the community to celebrate the first anniversary of its “no waiting room” emergency department. The celebration kicks off from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, at the hospital, 701 Winthrop Ave.

Enjoy free food, live entertainment, heart and vascular screenings, games, blood pressure checks, back-to-school supplies and giveaways for mom and baby. There will be raffle prizes that include a flat screen TV, iPod, White Sox tickets and much more. Tours of the facility with local emergency medical services providers and a view of Superior Ambulance helicopters will be a part of the night’s festivities.

Adventist GlenOaks Hospital’s ED has gone through much revamping over the past year, and on July 30, the newest change was in the name. Hospital officials renamed the emergency department The Shanahan Emergency and Trauma Center in honor of Joseph E. F. Shanahan, Esq., M.D., medical director of Emergency Services at the hospital. Shanahan has pledged a $500,000 gift to the GlenOaks Hospital Foundation, the largest gift the foundation has ever received.

“Dr. Shanahan’s gift demonstrates his commitment to the hospital,” said Brinsley Lewis, President and Chief Executive Officer at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. “He’s willing to go above and beyond to show how much he believes in the Emergency Department and the kind of care patients receive there.”

The Shanahan Emergency and Trauma Center has a unique concept – there is no waiting room. Upon arrival, patients are escorted directly to a private treatment room where they are promptly treated.  The staff comes to your private room to triage and register you. Shanahan is credited with bringing the idea to fruition. The center includes 19 private, spacious treatment suites that consist of primary exam suites, cardiac exam suites, trauma and pediatric suites as well as psychological exam rooms. The private suites each have televisions, telephones, internet access, natural light and nurse call buttons. There are also separate family lounges to give family members the ability to remain on-site while giving the patient and health care professionals privacy when needed.


“No one ever expects to need a trip to the emergency room,” Shanahan said. “But this is a great time to see the kinds of services Adventist GlenOaks Hospital has to offer.  We want our community to feel confident knowing that superior care is right here in their own backyard.”