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Loyola University Health System's (Loyola) hospital is designated by the state of Illinois as a Level I Trauma Center for both adult and pediatric patients. Additionally, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) also has verified the hospital's Level I Trauma Center status. Loyola is the only hospital in Illinois — and one of a select group nationwide — to earn this distinction.
A complete array of medical, surgical and ancillary services are available through an interdisciplinary program that serves the total needs of the injured patient from prevention through rehabilitation. Specialized pre-hospital and acute care services involving specially trained providers in various disciplines and departments stand ready to deliver a standard level of high quality care 24 hours a day. These services include pre-hospital transport, emergency medicine, general surgery and its subspecialties — such as orthopaedics, neurosurgery and others — critical care, nursing and a multitude of others including social work, rehabilitation and dietary. Care is given in a coordinated team approach that is regularly monitored for performance improvement.
The Burn & Shock Trauma Institute serves as the research arm of Loyola's burn and trauma centers investigating problems in post-burn immunosuppression, wound healing and nutritional support. The multidisciplinary institute's faculty study clinical, pathophysiologic and edipemiologic problems in trauma, shock and burns. The institute also supports an injury prevention program, which conducts community outreach activities. A number of joint educational programs are offered through the Trauma Center and the Burn & Shock Trauma Institute.