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Waukegan man allegedly battered pregnant girlfriend in Gurnee, later fled from police at hospital

A Waukegan man was charged after he allegedly dragged his pregnant girlfriend by the hair outside a Gurnee apartment on Sunday and later fled from police while at the hospital, causing an officer to suffer a head injury. Christopher Simmons, 22, of Waukegan, was charged with aggravated battery, two counts of domestic battery, resisting a […]

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Organization releases Illinois hospital ratings: Vista East Hospital in Waukegan gets F safety rating

A new report was released this week with safety grade ratings for hospitals across Illinois. Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan scored an “F” rating. The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization, released their spring 2022 Hospital Safety Grade, which assigns a letter grade to nearly 3,000 U.S. general hospitals based on over 30 measures […]

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State deploys healthcare workers to Lake County hospitals to help with influx of patients, staffing shortage

The state has deployed contract healthcare workers to multiple hospitals in Lake County to help with staffing shortages and an influx of COVID-19 patients. Last week, Gov JB Pritzker announced he was deploying more than 2,000 health care workers to hospitals in Illinois to deal with record COVID-19 hospitalizations, which he called “unprecedented.” Additional personnel, […]

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Firefighters deliver gifts to kids at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan

Firefighters from the Waukegan Fire Department stopped by Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan on Monday to deliver holiday presents to children. Firefighters have been delivering holiday gifts to Vista’s pediatric patients for more than 30 years. Vista Health System said the firefighters put together gift bags filled with coloring books and crayons, toys, candy […]

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Emergency medical field unit deployed at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan

The International Medical Corps has built an emergency medical field unit at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan, which will be used to triage and test coronavirus patients. Personal protective equipment and volunteer clinicians were also deployed to the hospital by the International Medical Corps. The field unit is allowing the hospital to expand triage […]