Even if you can’t see that smile right now, we know you’ll be able to see our commitment to safety throughout our facilities. We’re following CDC guidelines for hygiene, infection control and social distancing to ensure you get the care you need, in the safest environment possible.
Call 911 if you think you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency.
We have resumed elective procedures, services and appointments following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health authorities, using the best practices for hygiene, infection control and social distancing. Our hospital, emergency department and outpatient and immediate care centers are fully prepared and ready to safely welcome you back to get the care you need. Don’t wait to be well.
The health and safety of our patients and those who serve them is our highest priority. NCH and our caregivers are responding to this unprecedented pandemic with unwavering dedication. We need your support.
Planning for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is underway.
NCH is following the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations and phases for COVID -19 vaccine administration and is currently vaccinating Health Care Workers only. The CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are responsible for determining future distribution of vaccine. At this time we do not have information related to availability of COVID-19 vaccine for patients in the community.
We will use NCH Website and MyChart to notify patients when the vaccine is available to them based on a variety of factors including age and health conditions. As your provider we have your age and health condition information as part of your medical record. At this time, NCH does not have a waiting list or queue for our patients that wish to get the vaccine.
Thank you for your patience and, most importantly, continue to adhere to masking, hand hygiene and social distancing protocols to help stop the spread of infection. Stay safe.
Medical Services Open, Appointments Available
We are performing elective procedures and offering services in strict adherence to guidelines set by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. All of our facilities utilize infection control practices and evidence-based protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), IDPH and the Cook County Public Health Department to keep all patients, visitors and staff safe.
Please know all hospitalized COVID-19 patients are on units designated only for COVID-19 patients. The dedicated, specially trained clinicians on those units are not caring for patients in other areas of the hospital.
If you have a health need that you have been waiting to address, please call your provider’s office directly to learn more about the availability of appointments and services. NCH Medical Group is offering virtual visits or can see you in-person for regular appointments.
We are here for you and your family and encourage you to maintain your health through regular appointments and screenings.
The following visitor restrictions have been put into place until further notice:
Visitors will not be permitted at any of our facilities, with the following exceptions:
Visitors transporting patients to and from their appointments are asked to wait in their cars. Staff will communicate with the patient’s companion via a call or text during the procedure and to notify them when to pick up the patient.
Patient Personal Belongings
Family and friends can send their loved one a free e-cheer card!
Family and friends can purchase items over the phone from our Gift Shop which will be delivered to your loved one. We have lots of options including flowers, candies, and beautiful seasonal water lanterns. Visit our Gift Shop page.
All patients and visitors will be temperature checked and asked screening questions upon entering the hospital and outpatient care centers.
Patients that are scheduled to undergo certain elective procedures in an operational or procedure area may require a COVID-19 negative test per the requirements from the IDPH. If indicated, you will be informed at the time of scheduling and it will need to be performed within three days of your procedure. Those patients will be directed on where to go for their test upon scheduling. After the test, you will be required to self-isolate at home until the time of your procedure.
Hospital Entrance Hours:
Please use the Emergency Entrance after hours.
Universal Masking Requirement
To keep our employees, patients and community safe, we have implemented universal masking on the hospital campus and all outpatient care centers until further notice.
All are required to wear a mask when entering the hospital and outpatient care facilities and throughout their stay.
In the interest of public safety, we have temporarily closed or suspended the following:
To minimize unnecessary exposure—and follow the guidelines of social distancing—most existing appointments with NCH Medical Group providers can be converted to virtual visits. We encourage you to call your provider’s office to schedule a virtual visit, if appropriate, instead of an in-person visit.
This section provides links to information on various sites regarding COVID-19, more commonly referred to as the coronavirus. For any questions regarding COVID-19, please contact the IDPH hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email: DPH.email@example.com.
Please note that at this time there is no standardization for how insurance companies pay for COVID-19 testing.
Some insurance plans will cover this testing at 100 percent while others may not. This may impact your billing if you have been tested for COVID-19. If you have been tested and receive a bill from NCH, we recommend that you please contact your insurance company to inquire if your benefits should cover this test as soon as you receive an explanation of benefits from your insurance plan. Thank you for your patience as we work through the many challenges we are all experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.