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posted: 9/30/2011 10:33 AM

NCH Medical Group acquires Northwest Family Physicians

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Northwest Community Healthcare's Medical Group expanded its network of doctors by acquiring Northwest Family Physicians.

The addition of the single-site practice gives the NCH Medical Group more than 50 physicians at five convenient locations in the Northwest suburbs.

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Northwest Family Physicians, which has been incorporated since 1995, serves more than 10,000 patients of all ages With offices 1700 W. Central Road, Suite 140, in Arlington Heights. The primary care practice consists of James Ekeberg, M.D., John Lightfoot, M.D., Ena Hennegan, D.O., and Nurit Crystal, M.D.. The name of the practice will change to NCH Medical Group.

"Joining the NCH Medical Group allows for better integration among patients, primary care doctors, specialists and the hospital, and that strengthens our delivery of modern healthcare," said Dr. Lightfoot. "There's definitely value to physicians and hospitals working together."

The NCH Medical Group offers a broad range of outpatient and inpatient services in addition to advanced treatment options at Northwest Community Hospital. Each patient's medical records are connected to the hospital, to specialists and to outpatient sites, making scheduling easier and eliminating extra testing.

"It all adds up to a better patient experience," said Michael Hartke, executive vice president of Clinics and Regional Services at NCH. "We can take care of your basic healthcare needs, but also use the extensive resources of our system to excel in complex cases that require multiple doctors working from the same playbook."

Patients of the NCH Medical Group can go online to request doctor appointments, ask questions, download and complete registration forms prior to their office visit, and register for free health seminars. Learn more by visiting www.nchmedicalgroup.com. Physician offices are located in Arlington Heights (3), Buffalo Grove and Mount Prospect.

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