Local business look: Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital

This week’s local business look profiles Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital which has been a staple in the community, helping residents with their medical needs. Recently, we talked with Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals CEO Michael J. Goebel.

Q. How long has your business been in the community (what community is it)?

A. Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital admitted its first patient in 1955. We are located in La Grange, but we serve many of the surrounding communities, including La Grange Park, Western Springs, Brookfield, Willow Springs, Countryside and more.

Q. What brought you/your business to this community?

A. After World War II, La Grange and the surrounding communities were quickly gaining popularity. As soldiers returned home from the war and settled in the Chicago suburbs, there grew a great need for a community hospital. In 1946, Hinsdale resident William Jordan, Sr. donated 10 acres of land to build La Grange Community Memorial General Hospital to honor the men and women who had served in the World Wars. At the time, the area was still an open prairie. A lot has changed since then. But what has not changed is our commitment to serving La Grange and surrounding communities.

Q. What is your favorite thing about the business community in which you work?

A. There has been so much positive growth in our area over the past 20 years, and it has been a pleasure to watch La Grange’s development from a quaint suburb to a booming economic hub. At Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, we feel very fortunate to have been a part of this growth and to have established relationships with the community that have only grown with time.

Q. What is your favorite thing about the community in which you work?

A. Just that: It really is a community. Being just across the street from such a large, successful high school like Lyons Township, we get to see the great cross-section of people that live in and around La Grange — many of whom were born right here at La Grange Memorial. Being a part of the fabric of La Grange for so long, and daily reaffirming our commitment to our community, we love seeing the pride every single resident takes in calling La Grange home, including us.

Q. What benefits does your community offer that a large city, like Chicago, does not offer?

A. A very intimate feel where everyone knows and loves their neighbors. Whether it’s running into a friend while dropping off your kids at school, meeting an old pal at the Western Springs pool or catching up with neighbors at a summer block party, there’s nothing like getting the sense that you belong to a safe, tight-knit community where everyone looks out for one another. At Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, we take pride in being part of this close-knit community and being looked at not just as a place to go when you’re sick, but as a health and wellness resource for all of the areas that we serve.

Q. What is a tip you would give to new businesses/organizations?

A. The support that the La Grange community gives to local businesses and organizations is simply unmatched. In a close-knit community, success comes easy if you listen to what residents (customers) have to say and make sure they leave with a smile on their face.

Q. Why would you advise someone to open a business in a smaller community, not unlike the one you work in?

A. To piggyback off the last question, everyone feels a sense of responsibility in making sure businesses that set up shop in the community have a chance to succeed. If someone has a good experience at your business, they are certain to tell their friends, and before long, everyone in the area will know that yours is a spot to check out.

Q. What is your favorite local spot, aside from your own business?

A. We hate to have to choose one spot in La Grange, as each and every business, store or restaurant, has such unique offerings. But as a community hospital, we’re particularly blessed to have such a robust network of health care systems here in La Grange. Whether it’s the incredible work that Community Nurse does assisting low-income patients or the effort Pillars puts in to trying to make this the healthiest community it can be, we feel fortunate to be able to stand beside them — and the many, many others that we don’t have enough space to mention — in their pursuits.

The West Suburban Chamber of Commerce & Industry serves as an advocate for business and constantly promotes and assists in enhancing the well-being of the communities that we serve through networking, professional development and legislative involvement. Reach them on the web at www.wscci.org.

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