Prentice Women's Hospital

Coordinates: 41°53′46″N 87°37′15″W / 41.89624780°N 87.62072500°W / 41.89624780; -87.62072500
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Prentice Women's Hospital
Northwestern Medicine
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The new Prentice Women's Hospital building, Chicago, Illinois.
Location250 East Superior Street, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Coordinates41°53′46″N 87°37′15″W / 41.89624780°N 87.62072500°W / 41.89624780; -87.62072500[1]
FundingNon-profit hospital
Affiliated universityFeinberg School of Medicine
Emergency departmentYes
Specialityobstetric, gynecological, and neonatal care
  • Original: 1975
  • Current: 2007
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Prentice Women's Hospital is an acute care women's hospital located adjacent to both Northwestern Memorial and the Lurie Children's Hospital, in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Prentice Women's Hospital is a member of Northwestern Medicine and serves as a teaching hospital for the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The hospital provides tertiary-level obstetric, gynecological, and neonatal care to patients from the entire region. The hospital has 256 beds, with 86 AAP verified level III neonatal intensive care unit beds, 32 labor and delivery beds, 86 healthy bassinets, and 10 operating rooms.[2] The hospital is directly attached to the Lurie Children's Hospital via skybridge because Lurie physicians provide care on Prentice's neonatal intensive care units.[3]


Original building[edit]

Bertrand Goldberg began design in 1971, after the consolidation of Passavant Deaconess Hospital and Wesley Hospital. It was named for Abra “Abbie” Cantrill Prentice.[4] It was opened in 1975.

The building was vacated in 2011[5] after serving as a hospital until the new Prentice Women's Hospital opened nearby at 250 East Superior Street in 2007.[6] Northwestern University announced plans to demolish it and replace it with a medical research facility.[7][8] Preservationists and prominent architects (including at least 6 Pritzker Prize winners) had called on Northwestern and the City of Chicago to save the building,[9] appealing to Chicago's "global reputation as a nurturer of bold and innovative architecture". Jeanne Gang presented a reuse design incorporating the building into a skyscraper.[10]

In the debate over the building's planned demolition, Northwestern argued that the site was needed for medical research on heart disease, cancer, and children's diseases.[5] Preservationists responded that Northwestern Memorial Hospital owns a two-square-block piece of vacant land directly across the street from Prentice, and within a potential skybridge's reach from the university's existing research building.[6]

Current building[edit]

The new Prentice Women's Hospital opened on October 20, 2007 on the hospital's northern campus border along Superior Street.[11] This facility would replace the old Prentice Women's Hospital Building which later was demolished in September 2014 for new campus construction.[12] The new hospital doubled the size of the previous women's hospital at 947,000 square feet, with one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country.[13]


In the 2005-06 U.S. News & World Report: Best Hospital rankings, Prentice Women's Hospital was rated as the #32 best hospital in the United States in the field of gynecology.[14]

In the 2018-19 U.S. News & World Report rankings, Prentice Women's was rated as the #13 best hospital in the United States in the field of gynecology and #11 best hospital in neonatology (ranked with Lurie Children's).[15]

In 2021, the hospital received a Women's Choice Award as a "Best Hospital" in the area of obstetrics (ranked with Northwestern Memorial).[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Google (29 April 2021). "Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women's Hospital" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Prentice Women's Hospital". Archived from the original on 2018-08-25. Retrieved 2020-12-18.
  3. ^ "Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)". Archived from the original on 2020-09-29. Retrieved 2020-12-18.
  4. ^ Whitfield, Kay. "When Ladies Wore Hats | Classic Chicago Magazine". Retrieved 2021-02-18.
  5. ^ a b Joravsky, Ben (2012-08-16) "Prentice preservationists put Rahm in a bind" Chicago Reader
  6. ^ a b Isaacs, Deanna (2012-08-30) "Rahm's golden opportunity: save Prentice hospital" Chicago Reader
  7. ^ Grossman, Ron. "Debate over Chicago's Prentice hospital heats up". Chicago Tribume. Archived from the original on 2012-09-05. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
  8. ^ Kamin, Blair (2012-08-03) "Emanuel noncommittal on fate of Prentice building" Chicago Tribune
  9. ^ ArchitectureChicago Plus blog (2012-08-30) "Herzog and de Meuron, Souto de Moura, Ando and Venturi add their voices to saving Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Hospital". Archived from the original on 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  10. ^ Kimmelman, Michael (October 17, 2012). "A Vision to Avoid Demolition for a '70s Pioneer". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 4 January 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  11. ^ "About Us - History Timeline - Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago". Archived from the original on 2011-09-05. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  12. ^ "State-of-the-art hospital for women's health needs". Chicago Tribune. 2007-11-08. pp. 1A–1. Archived from the original on 2021-01-04. Retrieved 2021-01-04.
  13. ^ "A Grand Opening: The New Prentice Women's Hospital". Chicago Tribune. 2007-11-08. pp. 1A–2. Archived from the original on 2021-01-04. Retrieved 2021-01-04.
  14. ^ McFarlane, E., Olmsted, M., Murphy, J., & Hill, C. (2005). America’s Best Hospitals 2005 methodology. Washington, DC: Archived 2021-01-04 at the Wayback Machine U.S. News & World Report.
  15. ^ Olmsted, M., Powell, R., Murphy, J., Bell, D., Morley, M., Stanley, M., & Geisen, E. (2018) Methodology: U.S. News & World Report 2018-19 Best Hospitals: Specialty rankings. Washington, DC: Archived 2021-01-04 at the Wayback Machine U.S. News & World Report.
  16. ^ "Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Women's Choice Award". Retrieved 2021-01-05.

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