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Loyola redesignated as a Level III perinatal center

MAYWOOD, Ill. (Aug. 27, 2014) – Loyola University Medical Center has been redesignated as a Level III Perinatal Center by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

This designation recognizes Centers that have demonstrated the highest level of expertise in caring for women with high-risk pregnancies, their unborn babies and critically ill newborns. These facilities provide comprehensive care with 24-hour availability of all essential specialties, personnel and equipment. The designations are granted for a three-year period.

“As a designated Level III Perinatal Center, Loyola offers the most advanced technology, therapies and techniques for women and infants,” said Jean Goodman, MD, division director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine services at Loyola University Health System and professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Loyola is one of 10 designated Perinatal Centers to provide coordinated high-risk obstetrical and neonatal services for some of the most difficult cases in Illinois serving nine regional hospitals. The Center offers critical obstetric care, leading-edge fetal assessment, prenatal diagnostic capabilities and genetic counseling. Loyola also educates health-care professionals in its network, ensures hospital compliance with state rules and coordinates state and regional quality-improvement initiatives.

Loyola’s NICU patients have included the world’s smallest surviving baby, born at 9.2 ounces in 2004, and more than 3,000 newborns who have weighed less than 2 pounds. LUHS nurses staff a first-of-its-kind, integrated home-care program for premature or sick infants. The unit also provides a follow-up clinic for high-risk NICU graduates to undergo developmental screening and referral care during the first three years of life.

“Our NICU serves as a national model for care with a survival rate that is among the best in the country,” said Marc Weiss, MD, director, Division of Neonatology, LUHS, and associate professor of Pediatrics, Stritch School of Medicine.

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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