In the gleaming, high-rise hospital known as CHICAGO HOPE, the country's most brilliant doctors save lives and ease suffering using the latest technology, the best research, and the most dedicated support staff. Desperately ill patients come to this medical center expecting to be healed, and these talented, ambitious doctors work long, stressful hours to meet those expectations. In this state-of-the-art hospital, personal lives are often sacrificed to the work of making medical miracles an everyday reality.
However, miracles come with tough questions. Just because a medical procedure can be performed, does that mean it should be performed? Do today's physicians--with medical advancements such as laser surgery, magnetic resonance imaging and organ transplants at their highly skilled fingertips--have the moral compass necessary to guide them through daily decisions regarding who will live and who will die?
Kelley, who was a practicing attorney before he began his television career with "L.A. Law" in 1986, explains what drew him to the idea of a medical drama. "A lot of the ethical arguments I found fascinating in the world of law are also prevalent in the medical world," says Kelley. "With the discovery of genetic breakthroughs, doctors today have to function as both practitioners and pioneers. They live in a world where they're constantly caught between their human emotions and having to play God."