MacNeal Hospital Celebrating 100th Anniversary | Loyola Medicine
Thursday, October 3, 2019

MacNeal Hospital Celebrating Centennial Anniversary

MacNeal Hospital with Loyola Medicine logo

MAYWOOD, IL – MacNeal Hospital is celebrating its 100th anniversary on October 3, 2019.

On October 3, 1919, Dr. Arthur MacNeal opened a clinic in his 10-room Berwyn home. This clinic, founded in his living room, would go on to become one of the nation's Top 50 cardiovascular hospitals and certified as a Primary Stroke Center.

"MacNeal Hospital's rich history starts with humble beginnings," said MacNeal Hospital president M.E. Cleary. "We have grown to be a highly respected institution in the Chicago area and beyond."

The hospital, located in Berwyn, just a few miles outside of Chicago, may have started in Dr. MacNeal's living room, but it quickly grew. In 1924, a 3-story building was constructed on the MacNeal family grounds. A fourth story added in 1929, boosted the number of beds to 75. MacNeal's clinic was given to the Berwyn community in 1931, and renamed to MacNeal Hospital in 1932 upon Dr. MacNeal's passing.

In 1941, a 165-bed facility was built, and in 1955, another expansion brought the hospital to 276 beds.

In 1958, an outpatient clinic to care for patients referred by welfare agencies and physicians was added. In 1964, an intensive coronary care unit opened followed by a respiratory care facility in 1965, and a psychiatric division opened in 1966. In 2009, the MacNeal Center for Advanced Spine and Joint Care opened, as well as the MacNeal Pain Center. MacNeal delivered its 25,000th baby in 1952.

The hospital would go on to join Loyola Medicine, a regional health system and member of Trinity Health, and a Catholic Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, in 2018. Also in 2018, and again in 2019, MacNeal was awarded an 'A' grade for safety from the Leapfrog Group

MacNeal Hospital was among the first hospitals to start a graduate residency program in pharmacy, and was home to Illinois' first department of family medicine residency programs aimed at training family physicians. Since 2014, MacNeal's Nursing Professional Practice Model has served as a guide to nursing practice – with the patient and family at its center.

"MacNeal has grown exponentially over that past 100 years. We are incredibly proud of all that MacNeal has accomplished and look forward to continued growth and innovation in the future," said Shawn P. Vincent, president and CEO of Loyola Medicine.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.