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About Loyola Medicine

Loyola Medicine is a regional Catholic health system based in Chicago’s western suburbs and a member of Trinity Health. Our system includes Loyola University Medical Center, a nationally ranked academic medical center with 547 licensed beds on 61 acres in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, a community hospital with 254 licensed beds on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, MacNeal Hospital, a community hospital with 374 beds in Berwyn, as well as a large ambulatory network of clinics throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties offering primary and specialty care. Gottlieb became a member of the Loyola health system in 2008 and MacNeal joined the system in 2018. The total number of on-staff physicians in our health system is 1,877. 

Loyola University Medical Center

Loyola University Medical CenterThe Loyola University Medical Center campus is also home to renowned centers of excellence, including:

Academic Medicine 

Loyola’s doctors teach at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, which is a national role model in reinventing medical education to prepare students for today's healthcare environment. Stritch is one of only four Catholic-affiliated medical schools in the nation. Loyola has more than 1,000 physician faculty members, 650 residents and fellows and 600 medical students.

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital is home to a Level II Trauma Center, Loyola Medicine’s Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center, an Adult Day Center and the Gottlieb Center for Fitness

 

MacNeal Hospital

MacNeal HospitalMacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital with over 550 medical staff members in 50 specialties, advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments in a convenient community setting at eight locations.

Regional Outpatient Centers

Loyola Medicine also offers services at many locations throughout the Chicago area. Many sites offer a comprehensive range of services in one convenient location, such as Burr RidgeHomer GlenOakbrook TerraceOrland Park and Park Ridge, while others offer the convenience of having your primary care doctor close to home or immediate care nearby when you need it.

Our nationally ranked expertise is as noted as our compassion. Our physicians, nurses, clinicians and entire team of caregivers fulfill our mission to treat the whole person – to “also treat the human spirit.”

Accreditation

Loyola Medicine hospitals are accredited with Full Standards Compliance from the Joint Commission and are re-evaluated every three years.

Loyola University Medical Center

  • Loyola University Medical Center had six nationally ranked specialties and was ranked 3rd overall in Illinois in the U.S. News and World Report's Best Hospitals 2018-19. The nationally ranked specialties were Cardiology and Heart Surgery (27th in the country), Urology (31st) Neurology and Neurosurgery (37th) Pulmonology 49th), Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (37th) and Orthopaedics (36th). A national ranking means a specialty is among the top 50 in the country. Only 3 percent of hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty. Three other specialties were ranked High Performing, meaning they were in the 75th percentile or above: Cancer, Geriatrics and Nephrology. Four conditions and procedures were ranked High Performing: Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure and Colon Cancer Surgery.
  • For the fifth year in a row, Loyola in 2018 was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of “100 Great Hospitals in America.” Hospitals on the list are known for having a strong history of medical innovation, providing top-notch care to patients and conducting leading-edge research.
  • Loyola has been named a “Most Wired” hospital for 12 out of 14 years by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
  • Loyola earned the Magnet designation for the hospital and outpatient clinics in September 2009. Magnet recognition is the nation's highest honor for nursing and patient care excellence, which places Loyola among 5 percent of healthcare organizations with this elite designation.
  • Loyola University Medical Center was named to Newsweek's 2019 World's Best Hospitals list and is among the top 50 "Best Hospitals" in the United States

Orthopaedics

Heart and Vascular

  • In 2018, Loyola’s cardiac care program was recognized as a Blue Distinction Center Plus by Blue Cross Blue Shield.
  • In 2019, the American College of Cardiology recognized Loyola for providing excellent heart attack care to patients with the Platinum Performance Achievement award.

Burn and Trauma

  • Loyola has been verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center and Burn Center by the American College of Surgeons.
  • The Loyola Burn Center is rated by the University Health System Consortium as a “best provider” in burn care. It is one of only a few centers nationally to achieve this distinction and the only center recognized as such in Illinois, treating more than 700 patients annually.

Neurology and Neurosurgery

  • Loyola University Medical Center is certified by The Joint Commission as a comprehensive stroke center.
  • In 2018, for the tenth year in a row, Loyola received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold plus achievement Award. The award recognizes Loyola’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. In 2018, Loyola also was named to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite.
  • Loyola is a level 4 epilepsy center accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers for giving the highest level of care for adults and children.

Transplant

  • Loyola’s bone marrow transplant program is accredited for a three-year term (until 2021) by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy.
  • In 2018, Loyola’s adult lung, adult heart and adult liver organ transplant programs were recognized as Blue Distinction Centers by Blue Cross Blue Shield.
  • In 2018, Loyola’s adult bone marrow/stem cell program was recognized as a Blue Distinction Center Plus by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Cancer Care

  • Becker's Hospital review named Loyola to its 2018 list of 100 great hospitals with great oncology programs.

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital

  • Voted “Best” by anesthesiology students as the 2014 Best Teaching Site by Rosalind Franklin Medical College.
  • In fall, 2018, received Leapfrog safety A grade for third year in a row.
  •  In 2018, Gottlieb’s hip and knee replacement program was recognized as a Blue Distinction Center Plus by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Blue Distinction Centers are recognized for their proven expertise, efficiency, high-quality care and patient results.

MacNeal Hospital

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Blue Distinction Recognition

Blue Distinction Center designations are given to healthcare facilities that have demonstrated better overall outcomes in the delivery of specialty care.

  • Hip/Knee/Spine
  • Cardiovascular Surgery

Aetna Institute of Quality

Designated as an Aetna Institute of Quality Facility for Orthopedic Care.

  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Spine Surgery

Awards & Recognitions

IBM Watson Health

  • Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital -- 2018
  • Top 50 Cardiovascular - 2016
  • Top 50 Cardiovascular - 2015
  • Top 50 Cardiovascular - 2014
  • Top 100 Hospitals - 2014

U.S. News & World Report

  • Best Regional Hospital for Gastroenterology & GI Surgery - 2014-2015
  • Best Regional Hospital for Geriatrics - 2014-2015
  • Best Regional Hospital for Orthopedics - 2014-2015
  • Best Regional Hospital for Urology - 2014-2015

Leapfrog Group

  • In fall, 2018, received safety A grade for second time in a row

American Heart Association (AHA)

  • Get with the Guidelines Awards
    • Heart Failure--Gold Quality Achievement Award - 2012
    • Stroke--Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award - 2015
  • Mission Lifeline 2015
    • Gold receiving award for prompt emergency cardiac care.
  • Start! Recognition Program
    • 2011 Fit Friendly Company Gold Achievement Award, MacNeal Hospital has been recognized by the AHA for meeting criteria for employee fitness for the 4th consecutive year.

2013 EDAP - MacNeal's Emergency Department is recognized by state designation as a hospital skilled in treating critically ill or injured pediatric patients.

2011 Gallup Great Workplace Award - 2nd consecutive year MacNeal Hospital received the Great Workplace Award.

2011 Practice Greenhealth-Partner Recognition Award - Environmental Excellence Category.

Loyola’s Proud Achievements

Loyola Medicine has been recognized for outstanding care and reached significant milestones in advancing medicine, which we are proud to share.

Loyola was a pioneer in establishing a thriving ambulatory care network of neighborhood centers, which has become a model for health systems nationwide.   

Heart and Vascular Care

  • Loyola is the first and only center in Illinois to have an entire interventional cardiology staff on site 24/7 to perform emergency balloon angioplasties.  The vast majority of procedures are done within 60 minutes of the patient’s arrival in the emergency department.
  • Loyola is the first hospital in Illinois to offer a new, noninvasive technology, called fractional flow reserve-computed tomography (FFR-CT), to test for coronary artery disease. The test was developed by HeartFlow Inc.
  • Loyola was the only center in Illinois that participated in a clinical trial of Medtronic’s CoreValve®, a heart valve that can be deployed with a catheter, eliminating the need for invasive open heart surgery.
  • Loyola is the only academic medical center in the Chicago area to have received the 2019 Platinum Performance Achievement award from the American College of Cardiology for providing excellent heart attack care to patients.

Neurosciences

  • In 2010, Loyola became one of the first centers in the Chicago area to offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a drug-free method of treating patients with severe depression.

Gastroenterology

  • Loyola was the first center in Chicago to offer a noninvasive alternative to colonoscopies called PillCam™ Colon 2, a capsule containing two miniature cameras on either end. After the patient ingests the capsule, it travels through the digestive tract, capturing images and wirelessly transmitting them to a recorder worn by the patient.

Cancer Care

  • The Loyola Center for Cancer Care and Research at Palos Health South Campus in Orland Park is the first center in Illinois – and only the fifth in the country – to offer a groundbreaking MRI-guided radiation therapy that targets tumors with millimeter precision. Called MRIdian® Linac, the FDA-cleared, state-of-the-art system delivers radiation precisely to the tumor, even if body functions such as breathing cause the tumor to move during the radiation treatment. The ultra-sharp beam of radiation minimizes damage to surrounding tissue.
  • Loyola is the first center in the country to enroll patients in a clinical trial of a minimally invasive treatment for patients with spinal metastases. The combination treatment delivers radiation directly to the tumor (intraoperative radiotherapy) and increases support of the spine (kyphoplasty).
  • Loyola was the first cancer center in the Chicago area to establish a facility to treat the “whole-person” needs of people with cancer.  The Coleman Foundation Image Renewal Center offers therapeutic and salon services to meet the special needs of our cancer patients. Services include acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, exercise programs, art therapy and support groups.
  • Loyola is the first academic medical center in the Chicago area to offer a precise radiation treatment for prostate cancer called high dose rate (HDR) prostate brachytherapy, in which the radiation dose is delivered in just minutes and removed immediately after the treatment.  
  • Loyola is the first center in the Midwest to offer the first effective PET/CT scan for prostate cancer patients. The scan can detect the location and extent of cancer that has recurred after initial treatment and spread to other parts of the body. Prostate PET/CT scans can detect cancer earlier than either CT scans alone or MRI scans.
  • In 2018, Loyola became the first center in Illinois to offer cancer patients the Paxman Scalp Cooling System to reduce the risk of chemotherapy hair loss. Before, during and after chemotherapy sessions, the patient wears a silicone cap containing a circulating coolant that reduces the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees.
  • The Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center became the first freestanding facility in Illinois to combine cancer research, diagnosis, treatment and prevention under one roof. 

Psychiatry

Transplant Surgery

  • Loyola established the area’s first heart transplant program in 1984 and has performed more than 750 heart transplants since the program began, more than any other center in Illinois.
  • In 1988, Loyola was the first center in Illinois to perform a successful lung transplant and, in 1990, the first double-lung transplant. In 2009, Loyola became one of only five centers nationwide to transplant its 600th lung. Loyola set a state record in 2014, performing 51 lung transplant surgeries, the most by a single center in Illinois.   
  • Loyola performed the first simultaneous double-lung and kidney transplant in Illinois.
  • Loyola is the only center in Illinois to perform five lung transplants in just over 24 hours.
  • Loyola performed the fastest lung transplant in Illinois; the patient went home with a new lung just 11 days after going on the waiting list.
  • In 2016, Loyola surgeons successfully transplanted 10 individual organs into six patients in 22 hours: two double lung transplants, a single-lung transplant, a heart transplant a liver/kidney transplant and an innovative en bloc kidney transplant (two kidneys from a 15-month-old donor).
  • In 2016, Loyola performed more lung transplants and heart transplants than any other center in Illinois.
  • In 2017, Loyola performed its first lung transplant using a technology called ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP). The groundbreaking technology evaluates lungs before transplant, potentially increasing the supply of donor lungs.
  • In 2017, Loyola performed its first pancreas transplant.
  • A Loyola patient was the final link in the world’s longest living-donor kidney transplant chain. It involved 30 donors, 30 recipients and 17 hospitals nationwide.   

Women’s Health

  • Loyola’s Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Center became the first center of its kind in the Chicago area. Loyola offers a single location for the multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment of women with pelvic floor disorders. The center has board-certified subspecialists in urogynecology, physical medicine and rehabilitation.
  • Loyola became the first center in Illinois to have multiple urogynecology team members fully trained in robotic-assisted surgery for treating female pelvic disorders. 

Pediatrics and Neonatal Intensive Care

  • The majority of Loyola’s NICU caregivers have worked in the unit for more than two decades. Their patients have included the world’s smallest surviving baby, born at 9.17 ounces in 2004, and more than 3,000 newborns who have weighed less than 2 pounds. 
  • The overall survival rate of infants in Loyola’s NICU is 98 percent.  As a Level III Perinatal Center, Loyola’s unit offers the latest technology, therapies and techniques, in addition to serving as a national model for specialized protocols and practices in the care of premature infants. 
  • Loyola 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, who receive developmental screening and referral care during the first three years of life.
  • The pediatric mobile health unit was the first of its kind in the Midwest. This 13-ton, 40-foot health facility has treated more than 100,000 uninsured or underinsured children throughout Chicago and its suburbs. 

Infection Prevention

  • Loyola was one of the early adopters of germ-killing robots for room sanitation.
  • It was the first to mandate screening upon admission for the MRSA bacteria.
  • Loyola was one of the first centers in the area to adopt a respiratory panel that screens patients for 17 viral and three bacterial pathogens.
  • A trendsetting leader in infection prevention, Loyola was the first academic medical center in the region to require all employees to have an annual flu shot.

Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat Care)

  • Loyola was the first center in the Midwest to offer implantable hearing devices and Ear Lens.
  • Loyola was one of the first centers in the Midwest to perform hybrid cochlear implant surgery.
  • Loyola performs anterior skull base surgeries and has one of the few teams in the Midwest that can do these procedures.

Burn and Trauma Care

  • Loyola’s Burn Center is the most frequently used center by the Chicago Fire Department for fire victims. Loyola regularly cares for firefighters who are injured in the line of duty.  
  • Loyola was the first center in Chicago to offer a noninvasive alternative to colonoscopies called PillCam™ Colon 2, a capsule containing two miniature cameras on either end. After the patient ingests the capsule, it travels through the digestive tract, capturing images and wirelessly transmitting them to a recorder worn by the patient.

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital

  • The Gottlieb Allergy Count is the official allergy count for the Midwest, as sanctioned by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, during the allergy-reporting season (March through October). 
  • The Gottlieb Allergy Count is reported by the Chicago Tribune, ABC, FOX, WGN and many other news outlets on a daily basis.  

MacNeal Hospital

  • MacNeal offers one of the largest behavioral health services program in the Chicago area.
  • MacNeal provides excellent medical education programs, including the first Family Medicine Residency program established in Illinois, which remains one of the largest and most dynamic of its kind.

Leadership

Leadership in Ethics

The Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy of Loyola University Chicago supports Loyola's need for ethical consultation. These consultation services are available for all patients, families, physicians, nurses, social workers and other healthcare providers involved in patient care.

Reputation for Outstanding Care

Loyola is nationally recognized for its excellence in America's Top Doctors and U.S. News & World Report and by the national Magnet status designation awarded for outstanding nursing and patient care. Doctors at Loyola University Medical Center belong to the faculty of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, where they teach the next generation of physicians and lead meaningful clinical research. In addition, Loyola has earned a reputation for excellence in cardiovascular servicescancer carechildren's servicesneurosciences, orthopaedics, digestive health, urology and transplant services.

Loyola’s Outcomes

Loyola Medicine is committed to transparency in reporting the performance metrics of our hospital staff. Patients can obtain information such as death rate and complication frequency for specific procedures or physicians. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about the outcomes for any procedure that is being considered as part of your treatment plan. 

Committed to Patient Satisfaction

Loyola is committed to patient satisfaction and wants to know about your positive and negative experiences so that we may improve. Patient relations coordinators respond to complaints, concerns or grievances that patients may have. A patient bill of rights is located in each patient's room and in the main entrances of all Loyola facilities.

The patient experience departments at our hospitals can assist with any concerns. You can reach them at these phone numbers.

Loyola University Medical Center patient experience:  888-584-7888 or 708-216-5140.

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital patient experience: 708-538-4103.

MacNeal Hospital patient experience: 708-783-3609.

Advocacy

As a member of Trinity Health, Loyola Medicine is an active participant in healthcare advocacy to provide services for all those in need in the communities we serve. Trinity Health has been at the forefront of enacting meaningful healthcare reform since 2006. 

Service in the Community

Loyola's commitment to the community is spiritual, financial and crucial to our mission. We regularly invest time, energy and finances to the people of our community through charity care, research, education and other services. We provide medical care to those in need, along with education, research and programs that improve overall health. Learn more about our community benefits.

Our Jesuit Mission and Identity

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