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About Loyola Medicine

Our distinction as a nationally ranked academic medical center combined with our role as a nonprofit Catholic healthcare provider gives Loyola Medicine a mission unique to the Chicago area. Our doctors belong to the faculty of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, which allows them to teach the next generation of physicians and to lead meaningful clinical research. Their expertise is as noted as their compassion. Together with our entire staff, they fulfill our mission to treat the whole person with compassion—to "also treat the human spirit."

Loyola is more than a medical center. We are a medical home that reaches throughout the Chicago area. Loyola Medicine offers services at hospital campuses in Maywood, Melrose Park and Berwyn and convenient locations throughout the Chicago area. Some sites offer a wide range of services in one convenient location, such as Burr Ridge and Oakbrook Terrace, while others offer the convenience of having your primary care doctor close to home or immediate care nearby when you need it.

Loyola is nationally recognized for its excellence in the Castle Connolly guide, America's Top Doctors and U.S. News & World Report and by the national Magnet status designation awarded for outstanding nursing and patient care. In addition, Loyola has earned a reputation for excellence in cardiovascular servicescancer carechildren's servicesneurosciences and transplant services.

Facts About Loyola Medicine

Accreditation

Loyola Medicine is accredited with Full Standards Compliance from the Joint Commission. Loyola has voluntarily participated in the Joint Commission accreditation process since it opened in 1969 and continues to be re-evaluated every three years.

Excellent Resources, Outstanding Options

Loyola is comprised of the 61-acre Loyola University Medical Center campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties.

In addition to Loyola’s main hospital with 547 licensed beds, the Loyola University Medical Center campus is also home to renowned centers of excellence, including:

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, the 247-licensed-bed acute care hospital with a Level II Trauma Center, is home to the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center, the Adult Day Center and the Gottlieb Center for Fitness

MacNeal 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.

Academic Medicine 

Loyola’s doctors teach at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (Stritch), 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.

Loyola’s Outcomes

Loyola 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. 

Leadership in Ethics

The Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy 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.

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. The patient relations department may be reached at 888-584-7888, extension 6-5140 or 708-216-5140. A patient bill of rights is located in each patient's room and in the main entrances of all Loyola facilities.

Personal Health Records 

Loyola became one of the first health systems in the state to share health information electronically through two record-exchange consortiums. With the patient's signed consent, LoyolExchanging health information electronically means doctors will have quicker access to more complete medical histories, allowing for better-informed and safer decisions about patient care. Learn more about our health information exchange.

Follow-up Care

Before a patient leaves the hospital, doctors work with social workers to develop a personalized discharge plan based on the needs of the patient. A variety of services are available for patients, including support groups, rehabilitative services, spiritual care services, home care and hospice.

Advocacy

Loyola University Health System is a member of Trinity Health. Trinity Health has been at the forefront of enacting meaningful healthcare reform since 2006. Learn more about our advocacy.

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.

Loyola’s Proud Moments

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

  • Loyola Medicine is the birthplace and first home of the world’s smallest surviving baby. The baby was born September 19, 2004, weighing 9.17 ounces.
  • 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.
  • Loyola performed the first successful single-lung transplant and first successful double-lung transplant in Illinois. Since then, Loyola has performed more than 900 lung transplants, by far more than any other center in Illinois.
  • Loyola was a pioneer in establishing a thriving ambulatory care network of neighborhood centers, which has become a model for health systems nationwide.   
  • A trendsetting leader in infection prevention, Loyola is the first academic medical center in the region to require all employees to have an annual flu shot. 
  • 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.

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 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.

Cancer Care

  • Loyola has treated more blood cancer patients with stem cell treatments than any other center in Illinois and has one of the largest unrelated-donor transplant programs in the world. 
  • 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.
  • The Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center became the first freestanding facility in Illinois to combine cancer research, diagnosis, treatment and prevention under one roof. 

Neurosciences

  • Loyola University Medical Center is certified by The Joint Commission as a comprehensive stroke center. In addition, the American Heart Association has honored Loyola with the Get with the Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for nine years in a row.
  • 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.

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. Loyola’s team performed the state’s first simultaneous double-lung and kidney transplant in 2007, and in 2009 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.
  • 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. It remains one of the few centers in the country that offer a single location for the multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment of women with pelvic floor disorders. The center has board-certified subspecialists in urogynecology and a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, which is unique.
  • Loyola’s urogynecologists have been awarded more National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants in the past decade than any other hospital urogynecology research center in the state. 
  • Loyola became the first center in Illinois to have multiple urogynecology team members fully trained in robotic-assisted surgery for treating female pelvic disorders. 
  • Loyola has the longest-running accredited urogynecology fellowship program in the state with the highest number of accredited training program graduates. 

Pediatrics and Neonatal Intensive Care

  • More than 18,000 infants have been cared for in Loyola’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) since opening its doors in 1987.
  • 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. 
  • Ten percent of premature infants in the United States are cared for at Loyola or by Loyola-trained doctors. 
  • 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.
  • Loyola maintains a multidisciplinary HIV clinic that cares for more than 300 infected individuals. 

Burn and Trauma Care

  • 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.
  • 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.  

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.