Despite its long name, the Metropolitan Institute of Pain and Center of Gynecology and Cosmetics keeps its practice to the point. The MIP and CGC is a one-stop for all of your work-related injuries and gynecological needs. Read below to learn more about the West Loop staple.
Who are you?
We are a Chicago born medical group comprised of two joint practices: Metropolitan Institute of Pain (MIP) and Center for Gynecology and Cosmetics (CGC).
MIP specializes in improving spine pain, joint pain and work-related injuries. Our goal at MIP is to markedly improve your quality of life by providing pain relief and increasing functionality, so you can get back to doing the things you love.
We also have a joint gynecology practice, CGC, at the same location at 820 West Jackson. Our goal at Center for Gynecology and Cosmetics is to provide personalized women's health and aesthetic services to our patients regardless of their phase in life—to not only live their life in the healthiest way possible but also to embrace it with full confidence. Our doctor specializes in sexual dysfunction, menopause management, and pelvic pain as well as a wide array of gynecology services. As we focus here only on gynecologic and aesthetic services, we will customize your care to achieve your best health and well being—no matter how you define it.
How long have you been in the neighborhood?
We have been in the West Loop since our practice opened in 2014.
Why the West Loop?
We fell in love with the West Loop when we moved here in 2014. It is an excellent mix of family, community, sprouting businesses and recreational activities for those living here. We found there was a dearth of medical-based practices that offered the type of individualized healthcare in which we specialize.
From Fulton Market’s renowned restaurants to retail boutique shops and galleries to Google HQ, the West Loop is growing exponentially. However, despite the neighborhoods rapid growth, the West Loop continues to create a sense of community and dynamic culture that help small businesses continue to thrive.
What are your top challenges in growing your business?
As larger enterprise systems and big-name hospitals continue to dominate the healthcare market, there has been a steep decline of physicians in private practices. This has inevitably lead to a concentrated control of the healthcare system in fewer hands.
As a result, competition has increased, forcing smaller practices like ours to primarily compete with big-name hospitals. Since this trend is continuing to move in favor of large enterprise systems that offer cooker-cutter based medicine, we have had to increase our marketing budget and continuously alter our marketing strategies. Our marketing has largely depended on word-of-mouth from the families we serve in the area.
Why did you join the West Central?
We joined the West Central because we want to be active members of the local community and (we would like to) continue providing medical services to the ever-expanding West Loop neighborhood. With the flourishing growth of new businesses and exponential residential growth, we want to further integrate our practice with the rest of the community. In addition to providing medical care, we look forward to connecting with new businesses, residents and other members of the community who make the West Loop such a special place. Currently, many of our patients (are) from the heart of the city and the suburbs but we want to ensure the local community is aware of the services we offer and healthcare we provide.
What makes Metropolitan Institute of Pain and Center for Gynecology and Cosmetics unique?
Since CGC and MIP were built from the ground up, our medical group was able to develop a practice that reflects our personalities and instills a strong patient-provider relationship. At MIP and CGC we provide individualized care tailored to each patient’s specific needs. In addition to treating and alleviating current medical problems, we also work toward preventing future medical issues. This allows us to build long-term relationships with our patients and brings us closer to the community we serve.
What’s your favorite part of the West Loop?
We love the small businesses, the restaurants, the parks and family feel of the West Loop. Located only half a block from the Greek National Hellenic Museum, we are only a few steps away from fresh gyros and tzatziki during our lunch break. The ability to go to a restaurant to get your “usual” lunch order and knowing the cashier on a first-name-basis creates a sense of comfort and community that drew us to the West Loop in the first place.
What does Metropolitan Institute of Pain and Center for Gynecology and Cosmetics' future look like?
Our future is very promising as there is an inherent need for all the services we provide. We will always have someone that has back pain or pelvic pain or who needs pain alleviation, and we are here to continue to expand our services and offer more for our patients in the neighborhood.
Bonus Question: Favorite time of year in the West Loop?
Chicago summers are unquestionably our favorite time of year in the West Loop. As most Chicagoans would agree, there’s no better place to be at during the summertime. Since we’re located right in the heart of Greektown (on Halsted and Jackson) we are at the center of all the West Loop summertime activities. Some of our favorites include Taste of Greektown and Movies at the Park at Mary Bartelme Park, only a few blocks from our office.