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NCH Medical Group adds 4th Gastroenterologist to its growing team

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Northwest Community Healthcare

Northwest Community Healthcare's (NCH) Medical Group has expanded its network of expert doctors as it welcomes Gastroenterologist Ami Shah Behara, MD, MS. The addition of Dr. Behara expands NCH Medical Group's gastroenterology practice to four specialists in treating disorders of the digestive system at four convenient locations in the northwest suburbs.

Dr. Behara has been in practice since 2010 and is board-certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. She will treat patients at the NCH Medical Group office at 199 W. Rand Road in Mount Prospect. Dr. Behara earned her Doctor of Medicine degree in 2003 from Northeastern Ohio University's College of Medicine. Her chief residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Behara is fluent in English and Gujarati.

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NCH Medical Group offers a broad range of physician services. In addition to primary care internal medicine (patients 14+ years of age) and family practice physicians (pediatric through senior ages), other physician specialties of NCH Medical Group include dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology and rheumatology. In addition to medical office-based care, NCH Medical Group has physicians specializing in treating patients in the hospital, and others who focus treatment on patients in extended care rehabilitation facilities. To ensure optimum collaboration and continuity of care, all of the NCH Medical Group physicians involved in the patient's care at the doctor's office, the hospital, and extended care facilities share access to patient electronic medical records across all locations.

Patients of the NCH Medical Group can go online to request doctor appointments, ask questions, download and complete registration forms prior to their office visits, and register for free health seminars. To help individuals better manage their urgent and day-to-day healthcare needs, NCH has launched MyNCH, a robust mobile app for Apple devices. The MyNCH app features real-time, estimated wait times at NCH's Emergency Room and Immediate Care Centers. Patients can send messages to their physicians, request appointments, and view past and future appointments.

NCH Medical Group physician offices are located in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine and Schaumburg. To learn more about the NCH Medical Group, and to view physician bios and videos, visit www.nchmedicalgroup.com. To find a trusted physician, community members also can call HealthConnection at 847.618.4YOU (4968).

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About NCH Medical Group

NCH Medical Group is the physician group belonging to the Northwest Community Healthcare comprehensive, patient-centered system of care that serves more than 350,000 outpatients each year, as well as nearly 30,000 inpatients treated annually at the 496-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights. NCH Medical Group treats approximately 60,000 patients each year from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The practice has 68 doctors, representing primary care internal medicine, gastroenterology, dermatology, endocrinology, neurology and rheumatology.

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