Advocate Lutheran General Hospital can trace its beginnings to the 19th century. Founded in 1897 by Norwegians who had settled on the Northwest Side of Chicago, Lutheran General Health System (LGHS) originally was known as the Norwegian Lutheran Deaconess Home and Hospital. It carried on a broad community program of social work and care for court-adjudicated youths, as well as operating a hospital and a training school for nurses and deaconesses. In 1904, the organization came under the control of the Norwegian Lutheran Church in America, which later evolved into the Evangelical Lutheran Church, The American Lutheran Church, and now the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The greatest period of growth for LGHS began in 1959 when Lutheran General Hospital was opened in Park Ridge, Illinois. At the same time, the Lutheran Institute of Human Ecology was formed to establish ministries in alcoholism and substance abuse, senior services, parish nursing, bio-ethics and medical education. LGHS grew into a vertically integrated service organization committed to providing a continuum of health care for its communities.​​​​​​

Additional digitized documents and images are available.

Lutheran Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, 1929 Commencement Exercises

Lutheran Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, 1929 Commencement Exercises

The Lutheran Deaconess Home and Hospital of Chicago, Ilinois: Report 1935-1936

The Lutheran Deaconess Home and Hospital of Chicago, Ilinois: Report 1935-1936

Lutheran Deaconess Home and Hospital of Chicago, Dedication Service, 1939 December

Lutheran Deaconess Home and Hospital of Chicago, Dedication Service, 1939 December

Lutheran Deaconess Home and Hospital of Chicago, 50th Anniversary, 1947 May

Lutheran Deaconess Home and Hospital of Chicago, 50th Anniversary, 1947 May

Lutherans Plan $5 Million Hospital for Suburbs, 1957 January

Lutherans Plan $5 Million Hospital for Suburbs, 1957 January

Register of the Officers and Members of the Board of Trustees

Register of the Officers and Members of the Board of Trustees

Lutheran General Hospital To Break Ground Next Fall, 1957 February

Lutheran General Hospital To Break Ground Next Fall, 1957 February

Lutherans Plan Fund Drive For Hospital Project, 1957 February

Lutherans Plan Fund Drive For Hospital Project, 1957 February

Set Fund Drive for Lutheran General Hospital, 1957 February

Set Fund Drive for Lutheran General Hospital, 1957 February

Lutheran Hospital Drive, 1957 February

Lutheran Hospital Drive, 1957 February

Lutherans Set Hospital Fund Raising Plans, 1957 April

Lutherans Set Hospital Fund Raising Plans, 1957 April

Stratton to Speak at Dedication of Lutheran Hospital, 1957 November

Stratton to Speak at Dedication of Lutheran Hospital, 1957 November