Northwest Community Hospital News

10/17/2007 5:00:00 PM CENTRAL
Updated: 10/18/2007 4:37:07 PM CENTRAL
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Nationally renowned expert becomes medical director of Gastroenterology Center
As a patient, you want advanced technologies and state-of-the-art medical facilities. You want compassionate care and a personal touch during your treatments. And you also want expert physicians who are known across the region to be at the top of their specialty.

Dr. Willis Parsons, a board-certified gastroenterologist recognized nationally for his work in advanced endoscopic procedures and the management of pancreatic disease, is that expert physician who patients seek out. Dr. Parsons has been appointed medical director of the Gastroenterology Center at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.

On staff part time with Northwest Community since 2004, Dr. Parsons moved his practice to the Arlington Heights hospital full time as of Monday, Oct. 15. He had been splitting his time between Northwest Community and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. As medical director at NCH, he is enhancing the patient experience and furthering the hospital as a regional resource for interventional gastrointestinal procedures.

“We’re thrilled to have Dr. Parsons on board full time,” said Kathy Lamont, Gastroenterology manager at Northwest Community Hospital. “He has added a number of high-tech procedures since joining us three years ago, and has been key in making our GI Center the place to go for the best treatments. We not only get patients from the northwest suburbs, but across the Chicago area as well.”

One of the reasons Dr. Parsons moved his practice full time to Northwest Community is the hospital’s state-of-the-art digital fluoroscopy suite, considered the most technologically advanced GI room in Illinois. It supports high-tech procedures that diagnose tumors earlier and treat pancreatic disease endoscopically without surgery. A 15-seat training gallery enables Dr. Parsons to educate other doctors and nurses during live cases.

“We are indeed fortunate to have a doctor of his caliber devoting his full attention to Northwest Community,” said Bruce Crowther, hospital president and CEO.

Dr. Parsons, 46, has been in practice since 1995 and has helped thousands of patients lead better lives. He obtained his medical education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He completed his internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he also was awarded a fellowship.

Dr. Parsons’ new office is Suite 4500 of the Busse Center for Specialty Medicine on the hospital campus. He can be reached at 847.398.2777. For more information about Northwest Community’s Gastroenterology Center and other hospital services, visit the hospital’s website at www.nch.org.