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In Expert Hands

Providing the best options for early diagnoses of digestive disorders and pancreatic diseases.

At Northwest Community Hospital, we wake up every morning expecting the unexpected. We know the moment could be coming when we'll be caught off guard—when a new patient presents a condition that is under-researched, untreatable, or worse, unknown. But that day has yet to arrive—and we're doing our best to ensure it never does.

As a team of board-certified experts, we've studied at the finest universities and have mastered the most advanced techniques. Our collective talents inspire confidence—from research to surgery to life-threatening situations. We bring this unparalleled depth and breadth of experience to bear on every one of the more than 3,000 interventional procedures and complex surgeries we perform each year. We're on a quest to leave no stone unturned—for you.

Complex GI Care

Our Gastroenterology Center brings together highly specialized experts and sophisticated technology in a supportive environment. We offer a complete range of services, from routine colonoscopies to advanced, highly specialized surgical procedures usually only found at university medical centers.

Sophisticated Technology

We have the Midwest's largest and most sophisticated facility for digital fluoroscopy and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)—a minimally invasive alternative to exploratory surgery. Our advanced procedures include HALO360 Ablation Therapy—a proven technique for treating pre-cancerous damage to the esophagus due to chronic heartburn. See how we're putting groundbreaking technology to work for you.

A Healing Environment

We have designed our facilities to enhance your privacy and safety while creating a supportive, family-centered atmosphere. To ensure your comfort, we offer extended hours, including early mornings and Saturdays, and 24-hour on-call testing and intervention.

Navigating Your Way to Better Health

Our nurse navigator program ensures that you get the information you want and the care you need. Each patient has access to a full-time nurse practitioner to guide the treatment process. Our nurse practitioners are registered nurses who meet NCH's high standard of excellence with advanced degrees and specialized training to offer personal support, education and assistance—a proven model of care that led NCH to receive 2010 Magnet® status—the gold standard for nursing excellence.

Your Trusted Source for Second Opinions

Our expert staff helps confirm your diagnosis so that treatment can begin.
A strong second opinion is integral to getting you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.

We strongly encourage you to visit NCH for a second opinion—
make your appointment by calling 847.618.4YOU (4968).

Explore the ICPHD

NCH's Illinois Center for Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Diseases (ICPHD) is truly a one-of-a-kind institution. It gives patients with benign and malignant diseases of the liver, pancreas and bile ducts access to the best doctors, diagnostic technologies and treatment options available.

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Success Stories

Judith's discomfort with Heartburn turned out to be something more serious. Read about her diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus and how Dr. Parsons' provided her relief from pain and cancer using the new HALO radiofrequency ablation procedure. Read more »

In the face of a dire diagnosis, experience counts. Pancreatic cancer patients such as Mary Ireland know this firsthand. Thanks to the pancreatic team at NCH, Mary is not just surviving—she's thriving. Read more »

Read about Connie's painful, long-term battle with pancreatitis and how Dr. Parsons fixed the problem and put an end to her pain. Read more »

For a physician referral, call NCH HealthConnection at 847.618.4YOU (4968) or use our online directory.

Malcolm M. Bilimoria, MD

"I treat all my patients the way I would want my family to be treated. And that means working tirelessly to deliver the best care possible."

As a board-certified surgeon and director of the ICPHD, Dr. Bilimoria's expertise is nationally recognized. He specializes in pancreatic and hepatobiliary procedures and is renowned for his skill in the complex Whipple procedure.

Listen to an interview with Dr. Bilimoria.

Willis Parsons, MD

"The procedures I perform have the ability to immediately improve our patients' quality of life. I thrive on that."

Dr. Parsons is a board-certified gastroenterologist and medical director of NCH's Gastroenterology Center. He specializes in advanced interventional GI procedures and the management of pancreaticobiliary disease.

Listen to an interview with Dr. Parsons.

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Last Updated 01/26/2010