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Medical Education History
Established in 1852, Mercy Hospital enjoys a long, rich history and the proud distinction of Chicago's first hospital. Since its chartering, Mercy has served as a teaching hospital and pioneer in medicine and medical education. In 1859, Mercy became the first teaching hospital in the United States where a graded curriculum was used. In 1869, Mercy's Chief Surgeon Dr. Edmond Andrews introduced antiseptic surgery techniques to Chicago and more recently medical pioneer Dr. Paul A. Jones performed the first FDA approved Carotid Artery Stenting Procedure.

THE TEACHING TRADITION AT MERCY:
At the Midpoint of its Second Century


Established in 1852, Mercy Hospital enjoys a long, rich history and the proud distinction of Chicago’s first hospital. Since its chartering, Mercy has served as a teaching hospital and pioneer in medicine and medical education. In 1859, through an affiliation with Chicago’s second school of medicine, Lind University, Mercy became the first teaching hospital in the United States where a graded curriculum was used. In 1869, Mercy’s Chief Surgeon Dr. Edmond Andrews introduced antiseptic surgery techniques to Chicago and more recently medical pioneer Dr. Paul A. Jones performed the first FDA approved Carotid Artery Stenting Procedure.


Over the years, Mercy has maintained affiliation with leading medical universities such as Loyola University and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Today, the best and brightest in medicine come to Mercy to learn the leading-edge techniques we have pioneered. Mercy offers four free standing residency programs, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Diagnostic Radiology and Podiatry, as well as three integrated residency programs in cooperation with other hospitals.


MERCY MEDICAL CENTER FACILITIES:
Serving the Heart & Soul of Chicago


Located minutes from Chicago’s Loop, today’s Mercy Hospital & Medical Center serves a patient population originating from upscale urban redevelopment areas, established ethnic neighborhoods and subsidized housing complexes. Mercy’s population virtually mirrors that of Chicago, a city known for its ethnic and socioeconomic diversity.


As a major urban hospital, Mercy provides residents with ample caseloads and a broad educational experience. Two clinics located in the hospital, the Doctors Office Center and the Mercy Family Health Center accommodate 65,000 patient visits per year in all major specialties and sub-specialties. There are an additional 100,000 patient visits in Mercy’s satellite clinics located throughout the Chicago area. Emergency Room visits average over 45,000 annually.



TECHNOLOGY & EXPERTS AT MERCY:
Experts teaching experts


Mercy boasts some of the best and brightest physicians in medicine. Here, experts teach experts. Mercy is home to visionaries like Dr. Warren Furey, recognized with Mastership by the American College of Physicians—one of only 36 recipients named worldwide in 2002. Mercy is home to surgical leaders like Dr. Rami Lutfi who is revolutionizing surgery with the single incision laprascopic incision and 3D technology.  And, Mercy is home to Chicago’s newest, advanced Emergency Center featuring 25 spacious treatment suites and a Children’s Urgent Care Center offering rapid and comprehensive treatment to the community.


Mercy’s new state-of-the-art Heart & Vascular Center is one of the top three heart and vascular programs in Chicago.In fact, our renowned team of experts has performed more carotid artery stenting procedures than any other team in the state of Illinois. And, our success rate is unparalleled. Experienced Interventional cardiologists from around the world come to Mercy to learn the minimally invasive techniques pioneered by Dr. Paul A. Jones, Interventional Cardiologist and Chief of Cardiovascular Services.


Women experience a gold standard of care at our Comprehensive Women’s Health & Breast Care Center. The Center is staffed experts specializing in all aspects of women’s health utilizing the most advanced technology.


Is it any wonder that the best and brightest come to Mercy?



MEDICAL EDUCATION FACILITIES:
A Continued Investment In The Future


In the mid 1980’s, the hospital opened a new wing to house an educational center for undergraduate and graduate medical education. Featuring conference rooms, skills labs, offices and video taping facilities, residents are taught in an environment conducive to learning. A 260 seat auditorium equipped with audio visual capabilities is comfortable and efficient for large group presentations. Residency training program directors and clinical department chairs offices are also located in the education wing.

 

The Medical Library maintains a constantly updated collection of more than 10,000 textbooks and bound journals. Many are now on CD-ROM with access available 24 hours a day from patient care floors. A helpful staff assists all library users with literature searches and procurement of reprints from cooperating medical libraries. MEDLINE, on-line computer access to databases developed by the National Library of Medicine, is also available.



UNIVERSITY AFFILIATIONS:
The Exchange of Knowledge and Resources


Mercy’s longstanding affiliation with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago provides the sponsorship for the Internal Medicine residency training program. In turn, students from the University of Illinois receive major portions of their clinical training at Mercy Hospital throughout their four years of medical school.


A reciprocal affiliation with the University of Illinois College of Medicine provides sponsorship for Mercy’s Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program, with third and fourth year University of Illinois medical students participating in OB/GYN rotations at Mercy Hospital.

 


CHICAGO’S FIRST HOSPITAL:
And Still in The Heart of it


Today, Mercy Hospital is at the center of the revitalization on Chicago’s south side. The communities around Mercy are experiencing a tremendous population growth. In response to this growth, Mercy completed an overall redesign of its inpatient units. The new, well-appointed patient rooms are all part of Mercy gold standard of care and commitment to its community. The hospital campus is located minutes south of the loop and is easily accessible by all main arteries. It’s an exciting time to be in a city that offers spectacular park-lined lake front plus all the cuisine, entertainment and culture of urban living at its best. Are you ready to be a part of it?