Have Mercy

I think it might just be the official hospital of the South Loop

11/16/2012 4:09 PM

By Bonnie McGrath

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Mercy Hospital and Medical Center

25th and Michigan--my Mercy corner

When the ambulance came and transported a friend of mine to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center recently--city ambulances have to take people in distress to the nearest hospital--I thought it would be just a matter of time before a transfer to Northwestern Memorial would be in order--if the symptoms were serious and required treatment.

The symptoms turned out to be quite serious, requiring emergency surgery and a week's stay at Mercy. And I visited a lot. And got to know it. Like it. And actually recommend it. Streeterville may have its Northwestern. But the South Loop, I now maintain, has its Mercy.

Mercy is smaller and slightly seedier than Northwestern. The two hospitals reflect their "surroundings." Streeterville is to Northwestern what the South Loop is to Mercy. Glitzy and snooty versus down to earth and real. Respectively. Would we South Loopers want it any other way?

It's an easy walk--pleasant, safe and interesting--from anywhere in the South Loop to Mercy at 25th and Michigan/Prairie. It took me 30 minutes of power walking to get there from my house at Roosevelt and State every time I visited. But the Michigan Avenue/King Drive buses also serve it well, too.

And what about the care, you ask? I am an authority on that. My dad was at Northwestern for the better part of three months last summer. There was terrific care, screw-ups galore (apparently none of them serious) and he had a complete recovery. And my friend at Mercy? Terrific care, screw-ups galore (apparently none of them serious) and there's a complete recovery on the horizon--with the help of Mercy doctors who have taken over the case.

And the view from the rooms? Streeterville's best and the South Loop's best both have great views from the private rooms (depending on the floor and the direction the room faces), complete with couches for overnight visitors.

Bottom line: a little smaller and a little seedier doesn't always mean anything negative. For us South Loopers, I think we have a great local hospital among us.

If this were a commercial, I'd say: "Try it. You'll like it."

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By Dave from West Loop
Posted: 12/13/2012 11:39 AM

My wife had our children here. Despite it not being as modern or "hi-tech" as other facilities, the care we received was excellent every time, and that is the most important thing of all.

By South Loopr from South Loop
Posted: 11/19/2012 9:45 AM

Another reason to build up motor row.. doctors, visitors, residents, have no where to eat lunch or even have an after work outing.