Norwegian American Hospital commences historic and sustainable renovation project

Norwegian American Hospital (NAH), which has served the community of Humboldt Park for over 120 years, began a new phase in the development of the hospital with a groundbreaking ceremony of the first-floor transformation project on January 27 at 10:00 A.M. The event, hosted by José R. Sánchez, President and CEO, was held at the hospital located at 1044 N. Francisco Avenue in Chicago.

Several local elected officials were present at the event supporting the improvement project such as Congressman Danny Davis, State Comptroller Susana Mendoza, State Representative Cynthia Soto, and Councilman Roberto Maldonado, among other important officials. Also in attendance was the multi-prized and renowned architect Juan Gabriel Moreno of JGMA who will oversee this project and Skendor Construction.

“We want to provide our patients with a facility that will enhance our ability to provide the highest-quality medical care not just today, but for the next generation,” says President and CEO José R. Sánchez. “Today, it’s clear that we turned the corner on the transformation of Norwegian American Hospital. We accomplished goals that were set when I arrived six years ago. We can point to progress in almost every area where we needed to see improvement,” Sanchez emphasized, who is currently the first Latino President of a hospital in Chicago and in the State of Illinois.

NAH is investing more than $5 million dollars in the health of the community through the construction of a new modernized emergency department with a ‘Fast Track’ program’ to treat an additional 5,000 patients a year. There will be an extended residency clinic for the new Family Medicine Program which will begin in July to meet the needs of a growing community and to ensure higher levels of patient care and service. In addition, the renovations will allow Corporate Health to expand and meet the high demands of businesses within the community. This project is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

“We want everyone who enters the first floor of the hospital to feel a sense of hope, dignity, and a more comforting future,” said architect Juan Gabriel Moreno. “All of this will be accomplished by using color, light and 100% recyclable materials, all in efforts to transform the experience patients have within the building,” claimed Moreno, who oversees the renovation.

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More on NAH
From its start in 1894, Norwegian American Hospital has been deeply committed to serving the Humboldt Park community. Norwegian American Hospital is a 200-bed, acute care facility. We provide healthcare treatment that’s patient-centered and focused on quality of care, ranging from everyday care to treatment for your most critical needs.
The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and has achieved Primary Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). Our Hospital professionals pride themselves on providing excellent medical care while striving to care for our patients, their families and friends with thoughtfulness and respect. Visit for more information.

More on JGMA
JGMA founded by Colombian architect, Juan Gabriel Moreno, received the “Excellence in Community Design” from Richard H. Driehaus Foundation thanks to his work “The Center” for Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). JGMA was also included in the “Top 50” design firms in the country by Architect Magazine and is also considered one the best architecture company by Modern Interiors in 2015. In parallel, it was recognized with three AIA Chicago Design Awards in that same year. Without a doubt, his architectural works are already part of the city’s history. Visit for more information.

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