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History Of Advocate Sherman Hospital

More than 30 women answered this plea which appeared in the local newspapers over 100 years ago. Those women formed the Elgin Woman's Club. And, with "Progress" as their motto, their first project was to establish and run a hospital in the booming and prosperous town of Elgin.

Advocate Sherman Hospital opened its doors on July 7, 1888 in a two-story house donated by local drug store owner and prominent businessman, Henry Sherman. There were four beds and one operating room. After numerous additions between 1895 and 1999, the hospital has grown to 353 beds and is one of the largest medical facilities in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago.

A major event in Advocate Sherman Hospital's history was in 1972 when the first open-heart surgery was performed at the hospital. It was also one of the first open heart surgeries performed in a community hospital in the country. Today, Advocate Sherman Hospital is the recognized regional heart center for the northwest suburbs ranking third in the Chicagoland area in patient volumes for open-heart surgery. Other Advocate Sherman Hospital Centers of Excellence include trauma and emergency services, the Advocate Sherman Hospital Birthing Center with high-risk services and a special care nursery, orthopedic care, cancer care services and a comprehensive diabetes center.

We're proud to introduce our new hospital, which opened December 15, 2009. Everything about the hospital is built with the patient in mind. From all-private spacious rooms, many with views of our geothermal lake to an emergency department with reduced wait times and efficient design, the hospital is set to be the community hospital focused on healing. We are excited for our new home, which will help us serve the Elgin-area for years to come and work toward our vision of becoming on of the best community hospitals in the nation. Learn more about the new hospital here.

For over 100 years, Advocate Sherman Hospital has been continually growing to provide you and your family quality and compassionate health care guided by the Woman's Club founders' motto, "Progress."