$3 Million McCormick Foundation Gift

A $3 million gift from Chicago’s venerable McCormick Foundation will help fund a new program within Loyola University Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services Department — the McCormick Foundation Care-Accelerated Program.

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Each year, physicians and nurses in Loyola’s Emergency Department treat more than 53,000 patients. The number of U.S. citizens ages 65 and older is projected to nearly double by 2030, with a concomitant rise in patients suffering from conditions such as coronary heart disease, acute infections (sepsis), stroke and other vascular and neurological emergencies that require rapid response. The McCormick Foundation gift will help ensure Loyola can meet that need.

Plans to renovate the existing space to create the Care-Accelerated Program area have been created by a design team specializing in emergency medical-care delivery, based on industry best practices and significant staff input. “We’re an academic medical center, committed to our role in creating leading-edge initiatives to optimize patient care. This gift is critical in helping us do that,” said Mark E. Cichon, DO, FACEP/FACOEP, director, Emergency Medical Services and assistant professor, Department of Surgery, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Based on the principles of Loyola’s successful 24/7 Heart Attack Rapid-Response Team (HAART) initiative, the Care-Accelerated Program will deploy leading-edge imaging equipment, communication access, care protocols, evolving technologies, pharmaceutical support and expert personnel to streamline care for patients with symptoms requiring rapid diagnosis and treatment. Patients will be cared for within a space uniquely designed to expedite treatment, improve survival rates and maximize comfort and safety.

Among the infrastructure changes: redesign of the floor plan to improve patient flow and visitor comfort; addition of rooms for family/medical staff consultation to facilitate communication; new wiring to allow digital treatment documentation at every point of care; installation of sliding doors separating patient treatment areas to increase patient privacy and positively affect air flow issues, improving safety; and the application of ergonomic design principles to help reduce staff strain and fatigue.

“Our mission is to help improve the civic health of Chicagoland, including the physical health of people in our communities,” said David D. Hiller, president and CEO of the McCormick Foundation. “The path-breaking work in the new accelerated care program will help improve the speed and accuracy of treatment for the region’s most critically ill and injured.”

The McCormick Foundation, established by Col. Robert R. McCormick, long-time Chicago Tribune editor and publisher, made the $3 million gift through its Special Initiatives program. The program supports partnerships with civic, cultural, educational, health and social-service institutions that share its commitment to engaging with others in service to community. Together with a $500,000 gift from Jim and Sally Dowdle that helped establish the HAART initiative and a $2.5 million gift from the John L. Keeley Jr. family to fund Emergency Medical Services Department renovations, this gift will help create the best experience possible for patients and their families at a stressful time.

For more information about how to support Loyola University Health System or Emergency Medical Services, contact the Office of Development at development@lumc.edu or call (708) 216-3201.

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