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Loyola Named One of Nation's 'Most Wired' Hospitals

MAYWOOD, Ill. – For the 11th time in 13 years, Loyola University Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems.

Results of the 2013 Health Care’s Most Wired Survey are published in the July issue of the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine.
“Loyola is honored to be recognized for the role we have taken on as leaders in information technology,” said Art Krumrey, Loyola’s vice president and chief information officer. “Advances we have made have allowed the organization to better communicate with our patients and provide quality care that goes beyond the bedside."

Hospitals are recognized based on their progress in adoption, implementation and use of information technology in infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety and clinical integration.

The survey was conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Hospital Association.

The survey was conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15. It asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions about their IT initiatives.

This year 659 U. S. hospitals and health systems completed the survey and 289 were designated Most Wired.

“This year’s Most Wired hospitals exemplify progress through innovation,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations about ways that IT can improve efficiency.”

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.

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