Hospital is a 150-bed inner-city hospital located in the Garfield Park
community on Chicago’s West Side. It is one of eight hospitals that
constitute Advocate Health Care—one of the largest not-for-profit
health-care systems in the city. The majority of Bethany’s patient
population is low-income and African-American, and a significant number
of patients have asthma.
Since 1989, Bethany has taken a special interest in asthma, and, over
the years, has developed this interest into a comprehensive
community-based approach to asthma management. Bethany’s asthma
program began with specific concerns over patient management, both in
the inpatient setting and in the emergency department (ED).