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May 10, 2013
Loyola Dr. Mark Cichon Named to Board of Directors of Illinois College of Emergency Physicians
MAYWOOD, Ill. – Mark Cichon, DO, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine of Loyola University Medical Center, has been named to the board of directors of the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians (ICEP). ICEP is the state medical specialty society representing 1,275 emergency physicians in Illinois.
“I have been a member of ICEP for many years and am honored to serve on the board,” said Cichon, who oversees emergency services at Loyola’s Maywood and Melrose Park campuses. “Emergency services continue to grow in importance not only as more people rely on emergency rooms for complex care but also as more emergency events occur in the world."
The Illinois state chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, ICEP is dedicated to the support of quality emergency medical care and committed to the interests of emergency physicians. ICEP provides its members with significant benefits through active committees, continuing medical education programs and other activities, including legislative lobbying, practice management assistance and public affairs programs.
Cichon has served as division director for Loyola Emergency Medicine for the last 16 years.
Since 1995, annual patient volumes in Loyola’s emergency division have increased from 29,000 to 53,000 patients. At Loyola, Cichon has instituted several innovative programs to improve care for critically ill patients, including the Heart Attack Rapid Response Team, Telemedicine Stroke Program, Sepsis Blood Infection Program and Hypothermia Program.
The Loyola emergency medicine division is classified as a Level 1 Trauma Center, providing the highest level of surgical care to trauma patients. The division also has been recognized by groups such as The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, the American College of Surgeons for Trauma and the Illinois Department of Public Health for Trauma, Burns, Pediatric and Emergency departments.
Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.