MacNeal Hospital Celebrating Centennial Anniversary
MacNeal Hospital is celebrating its 100th anniversary on October 3, 2019.
On October 3, 1919, Dr. Arthur MacNeal opened a clinic in his 10-room Berwyn home. This clinic, founded in his living room, would go on to become one of the nation's Top 50 cardiovascular hospitals and certified as a Primary Stroke Center.
"MacNeal Hospital's rich history starts with humble beginnings," said MacNeal Hospital president M.E. Cleary. "We have grown to be a highly respected institution in the Chicago area and beyond."
The hospital, located in Berwyn, just a few miles outside of Chicago, may have started in Dr. MacNeal's living room, but it quickly grew. In 1924, a 3-story building was constructed on the MacNeal family grounds. A fourth story added in 1929, boosted the number of beds to 75. MacNeal's clinic was given to the Berwyn community in 1931, and renamed to MacNeal Hospital in 1932 upon Dr. MacNeal's passing.
In 1941, a 165-bed facility was built, and in 1955, another expansion brought the hospital to 276 beds.
In 1958, an outpatient clinic to care for patients referred by welfare agencies and physicians was added. In 1964, an intensive coronary care unit opened followed by a respiratory care facility in 1965, and a psychiatric division opened in 1966. In 2009, the MacNeal Center for Advanced Spine and Joint Care opened, as well as the MacNeal Pain Center. MacNeal delivered its 25,000th baby in 1952.
The hospital would go on to join Loyola Medicine, a regional health system and member of Trinity Health, and a Catholic Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, in 2018. Also in 2018, and again in 2019, MacNeal was awarded an 'A' grade for safety from the Leapfrog Group
MacNeal Hospital was among the first hospitals to start a graduate residency program in pharmacy, and was home to Illinois' first department of family medicine residency programs aimed at training family physicians. Since 2014, MacNeal's Nursing Professional Practice Model has served as a guide to nursing practice – with the patient and family at its center.
"MacNeal has grown exponentially over that past 100 years. We are incredibly proud of all that MacNeal has accomplished and look forward to continued growth and innovation in the future," said Shawn P. Vincent, president and CEO of Loyola Medicine.