An endoscope is a flexible, lighted tube that, when inserted into the digestive system, transmits images of the inside of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum, allowing the physician to carefully examine the lining of these organs. Our endoscopy team works to make you as comfortable as possible before, during and after the procedure.
For your convenience, our hospital accepts direct admissions from extended care facilities or skilled nursing centers.
Kindred's interdisciplinary approach also includes regular meetings in which the medical team and family members meet to re-evaluate the customized plan of care. These conferences promote communication and provide a regular forum in which all professionals involved in the patient's care can address questions and concerns.
The Ethics Committee provides guidance and support when a patient, family and/or significant other need to make difficult medical decisions. The committee's goal is to review the patient's beliefs, wishes, values and other relevant factors to help determine the appropriate course of action.
The spiritual needs of all patients are respected and supported through the services of volunteer chaplains. Patients, families, visitors or staff members of any religious affiliation may request pastoral care. To request spiritual services contact Social Services at (773) 481-5792.
Once patients are ready to be discharged, the physician, nurse and other patient care team members will discuss instructions for your care after discharge. The internal case manager will assist you in making appropriate arrangements for discharge.
Surgical consultations and minor procedures can be done at a patient's bedside. Limited surgical procedures can be done at our Chicago North location in the surgical suites. If necessary, patients are transferred to another acute care facility for special procedures.
Kindred Chicago Central Hospital has access to physicians specializing in anesthesiology, cardiology, dentistry, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general surgery, cardiothoracic/cardiovascular surgery, hematology, infectious disease, internal medicine, nephrology/dialysis, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, pain management, pathology, plastic surgery, physiatry (rehabilitation), podiatry, psychiatry, pulmonology, radiology and urology. A physician is in-house 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to meet the needs of our patients.
The nursing staff at Kindred Chicago Central Hospital provides high quality nursing care around the clock to meet each patient's unique needs. Registered nurses actively participate in the interdisciplinary patient care conferences along with physicians, respiratory therapists and specialists in other disciplines to design and implement the patient care plan. Licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants are also important components of the nursing team. This team of individuals, plus the other caregivers that are on the nursing units, make hourly rounds to ensure that your needs are being met.In addition, a nursing supervisor is on duty 24-hours a day to answer questions about nursing care or any other questions you may have.
Radiology plays an important role in diagnosing many illnesses. Registered radiological technologists provide a variety of X-rays and diagnostic procedures that are overseen by board-certified radiologists.
Our in-house laboratory is responsible for collecting specimens, performing tests and reporting results in a timely fashion. These results aid physicians in screening for disease, establishing and confirming diagnosis and monitoring the course of an illness and response to treatment.
Kindred Chicago Central Hospital runs an in-house pharmacy that is fully computerized and provides valuable information to our physicians, nurses and other staff. They have direct access to many drug information services, including the FDA's medication error and adverse drug reaction reporting services.
Dietitians are on staff to meet individual nutritional needs and ensure that diets are prepared according to physician orders. In addition, dietitians will perform periodic assessments and will monitor patient nutrition plans throughout their length of stay. Patients and/or families are asked to indicate food preferences, dislikes or food allergies to the dietitian on staff.
To provide support before, during and after hospitalization, a wide range of social services is provided to patients and their loved ones. These services include counseling, discharge planning, referrals to community agencies and assistance in securing medical equipment for use at home. Family members can also participate in patient care conferences with the physician and interdisciplinary team as requested.
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