The lobby of the Bluhm clinic at Palos Hospital was empty on Tuesday, but Wednesday the clinic was open for business. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

The lobby of the Bluhm clinic at Palos Hospital was empty on Tuesday, but Wednesday the clinic was open for business. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Northwestern unveils modern heart clinic at Palos Hospital

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The ultrasound of a heart is a highlight of one of the Clinic of the Future rooms at Palos Hospital.

By Jeff Vorva

For a little while, Suite 1520 on the first floor of Palos Hospital was “unutilized,” according to Jeff Good, the hospital’s president.

“It had been a women’s health clinic and they moved most of those services to the Orland Park campus,” Good said. “It was actually a very beautiful space, but it sat empty for about a year and a half.”

That has ended and on Wednesday, the suite opened for business as Northwestern Medicine’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute Cardiology Clinic.

This clinic will have 16 exam rooms, one consult room plus clinician workspaces. Two of the exam rooms are being called “Clinic of the Future” models.

Coming up in early 2023 will be an expanded cardiac diagnostics area, which will offer heart failure and echocardiology rooms for cardiac testing.

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Northwestern-Palos Hospital President Jeff Good is happy with a new heart clinic that opened Wednesday in Palos Heights.

In short, this brings a lot of the newest technology to Palos Heights and in most cases, patients will have most of their needs met in the clinic rather than taking a trip to Chicago.

Good likes the location in the hospital itself.

“This is a great spot off the lobby,” he said. “It’s convenient. Many of our cardiology patients are very sick and it’s very difficult to navigate facilities so having it off the lobby is just a great location.

“The construction team did such a wonderful job in getting this ready and the medical group and leadership team was really behind the vision and making all of this happen and putting all the puzzle pieces together. They deserve all of the credit.”

The Clinic of the Future rooms feature large wall-mounted screens that allow both the doctor and patient to see ultrasounds of the patient’s heart.

“The Clinic of the Future is about more than just the technology,” said Dr. Kannan Mutharasan, the medical director of the clinic. “It’s about connecting the patient and the clinician to humanize health care.

“In the past, patients wouldn’t even be able to look at the pictures of the testing. You would have to take sort of the word of the doctor – not that it isn’t gold – but the picture is worth 1,000 words.”

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Doctors and officials of Northwestern’s new cardiovascular clinic, which opened Wednesday at Palos Hospital. 

2 Comments

  1. Delphine Kallas on December 17, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Im sure it is very convenient and beneficial to the patients. Please put that same effort in staffing your hospital. You need to address hiring qualified healthcare personnel with experience.



  2. Richard R Roemer on December 19, 2022 at 10:49 am

    I went to the emergency room on December15th and was diagnosed with afib. This was my first time having any kind of heart issue, so to say the least, I was concerned due to my lack of knowledge. I can not speak for anyone else’s experience, but my overall experience was exceptional! From the emergency room technicians, nurses and doctors, to transport, to ALL personnel involved with my overnight care, EVERYONE was kind, understanding, informative, genuinely cared about my health situation and VERY professional; one seemed nicer than the next!!! Even Dr. Correa, who was not initially involve with my care during my overnight stay, assisted me with a temporary solution to obtaining an expensive medication that my pharmacy plan did not cover. She was understanding, informative and very prompt in getting in touch with me. I have an appointment coming up with my “first ever” cardiologist (other than in the hospital) and it is with NW Medicine Cardiology. I have confidence in the recommendation I was given of this cardiologist and the new heart clinic now open at Palos Hospital. If it is anything like my stay at Palos Hospital and the overall quality of the staff I encountered, it will be first class and highly patient directed in every way!!! Thank you for your care.



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