Investing in the Future
In the next 10 years, the metropolitan Chicago region will need an additional 20,000 nurses to address the needs of the growing population and aging baby boomers. Throughout the U.S., more physicians also will be needed. A national study suggests a shortage of 124,000 physicians by 2025. Facing such a shortage of allied health care professionals, metropolitan Chicago hospitals are dedicated to educating the next generation of nurses, physicians, therapists and technicians.
By operating medical and nursing schools, running internship and residency programs and providing opportunities to complete clinical rotations, faculty and on-the-job learning experiences, hospitals within the metropolitan Chicago region work to train tomorrow’s health care workforce to combat the shortage of health care workers. With this in mind, hospitals in the metropolitan Chicago region spent over $369.5 million in 2009 on hospital-based education programs to train highly skilled health care professionals in order to meet the region’s growing health care workforce needs.
Equally important as building tomorrow’s health care workforce is conducting research to ensure patients receive the most advanced treatments available; and physicians better understand the ailments that plague patients across the U.S. Research conducted by metropolitan Chicago hospitals seeks to ease pain, cure illness and slow the progression of disease. Hospitals in the metropolitan Chicago region spent more than $78 million in 2009 on research activities to advance medical and health care services, such as clinical drug trials, demonstrations for alternative delivery systems and disease-specific research.