Edward-Elmhurst Health and the University of Chicago Medicine have reached an agreement to expand access to advanced subspecialty care for infants and children in west and southwest suburban communities. The affiliation will bring nationally recognized UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital experts across a dozen pediatric subspecialties to new outpatient clinics at Edward Hospital in Naperville and Elmhurst Hospital.

The expansion of services beginning this month includes pediatric gastroenterology, pulmonary and rheumatology, with plans to add subspecialties such as sport medicine, cardiology, hematology/oncology, neurology, and sleep medicine this fall. In addition, Comer Children’s doctors with expertise in infectious diseases and nephrology will be available for consultation.

The affiliation builds on a longstanding UChicago Medicine-Edward Hospital relationship. For more than 8 years, Comer Children’s oncologists have provided advanced care for Edward patients fighting complex childhood cancers.

“Our primary goal is to provide the most comprehensive care possible for newborns and children closer to home,” says Pam Davis, System CEO of Edward-Elmhurst Health, in a release. “Along with more than 100 independent pediatric subspecialty providers we have on staff, University of Chicago Medicine helps us fulfill that commitment with its nationally recognized physicians and care.”