Before relocating from the Milwaukee area to northern Illinois four years ago, whenever I thought of Illinois the first things that came to mind were things like road construction, toll roads, Bears fans, toll roads, Cubs fans, toll roads, speeding drivers…did I mention toll roads?
One thing most people don’t think of when they think of Illinois is Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. I know what you’re thinking…Wisconsin? In Illinois?? That’s not possible. Well, not only is it possible, we’re here and we’re doing our best to make Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin one of the first things people think of in Illinois when it comes to top-notch pediatric care. We recently opened our sparkling new clinic in Vernon Hills, which is about 13 miles south of two other Illinois things many people think about – Great America and Gurnee Mills. While we may not offer the thrill rides of the former or the shop-’til-you-drop experience of the latter, I can say with confidence that your child will receive the best medical care this side of the state line.
Our specialty clinic is home to programs such as Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Pulmonology and a “non-ology,” Asthma/Allergy. These services are provided by nationally recognized Children’s Physician Group specialists who share a common goal – to provide the best care possible for the kids of northern Illinois. In addition, our primary care clinic offers the full spectrum of pediatric care from two board-certified pediatricians who have treated children in our community for years. So, whether your child has a serious heart condition or just a cold, we offer both primary and specialty care, all under one roof.
I realize that for most kids, going to the doctor isn’t as exciting as going to Great America or even Gurnee Mills. We don’t have a roller coaster or a food court. What we do have is a passion for kids and partnering with their families to ensure their well-being and their brightest possible future. I hope you’ll bring your kids to meet our doctors.
To learn more about the services we offer and the doctors who are ready to partner with you in the care of your child, visit our website at chw.org/Illinois.
~Gary Bishop, Specialty Program Manager, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Vernon Hills Clinic