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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Loyola University Health System's (Loyola) emergency department receives some of the region's most critically ill and injured patients, and the severity level of emergency admissions is among the highest in the country. Emergency medicine physicians treat approximately 45,000 seriously ill and injured patients in Loyola’s emergency department every year. Problems seen include major trauma, high-risk obstetrics, unstable cardiac conditions, poisonings and severe childhood illnesses. The 27-bed emergency facility is one of the most advanced in the Midwest and contains specialty care sections for trauma, cardiac care and pediatrics.

Emergency Medical Services also oversees the hospital's surgical intensive care unit.

Specialty Services

Level I Trauma Center
The trauma center has the highest designation possible in Illinois and specializes in the resuscitation and care of patients with multiple injuries.

Aeromedical Transport
The aeromedical helicopter is available 24 hours a day to transport critically ill and injured patients within 200 miles of Loyola.

Pediatric Emergency Care
The Chicago suburbs' only round-the-clock pediatric trauma program provides care for the severest injuries in children.

Professional Education

As the principal resource hospital in Chicago’s western suburbs, Loyola University Medical Center provides education to emergency medical technicians and paramedics.


Emergency Medical Services, in conjunction with the Burn & Shock Trauma Institute, receives state and federal grant funding to evaluate the Illinois Trauma Registry. Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children is a collaborative program between Loyola and the Illinois Department of Public Health aimed at improving pediatric emergency care in Illinois. Faculty members also conduct multiple clinical trials that study the effect of investigational drugs on hemorrhage, transfusion and sepsis in trauma patients.