Learn About Loyola Medicine

Loyola Medicine is a leading academic medical center offering advanced technology and expert clinicians who are leaders in their fields. Before treating your condition or illness, your nurses, your doctors and your entire Loyola healthcare team treat you as a person first. You, the patient, are at the center of everything we do. This extra measure of compassion is an integral part of the mission of Loyola, where we also treat the human spirit.

Recognized Leader

Loyola is a nationally recognized leader in providing healthcare and in conducting research in heart disease, cancer, bone marrow transplant, organ transplantation, orthopaedic treatments and neurological disorders. Loyola is one of Chicago’s leading academic medical centers, and our doctors are members of the faculty of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Excellent Resources, Outstanding Options

Loyola is comprised of the 61-acre Loyola University Medical Center campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, a community hospital in Melrose Park, and 28 health centers offering primary and specialty care.

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 255-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. 

Find out more about Loyola’s locations.

Network of Care

Loyola offers an exclusive network of specialty and primary care centers across the Chicago area through the Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood and the Loyola Centers for Health at:

*Indicates that physician practices are also available at this location.

Nearly all of our centers are hospital-based facilities and a few also have physician practices. Immediate care is provided in our Burr Ridge, Homer Glen and River Forest centers.

Loyola's clinical team includes hundreds of primary care physicians and specialists representing nearly every medical subspecialty. To get started, find a doctor, request an appointment or call 888-584-7888.

Relationships that Advance Medicine

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) works closely with Loyola University Chicago in research and education. In partnership with the University's Health Sciences Division, which includes the Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Health Sciences Graduate School, LUHS also has made a financial commitment to the University's Center for Translational Research and Education. The five-story, 277,000-square foot building will open in April 2016 on the Loyola Health Sciences Campus in Maywood.

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.

Serving 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.

Be Part of the Team

Working at Loyola is more than a career—it’s a calling. With your help, we can advance the future of medicine.

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.

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.

Specialty Care 

Loyola has been nationally recognized in the Castle Connelly guide, America's Top Doctors and U.S. News & World Report for its physicians and specialty medical care. In addition, Loyola has earned a reputation for excellence in cardiovascular services, cancer care, children's services, neurosciences and transplant services. Learn more about Loyola's medical services and clinical programs.

Recognized Quality Nursing Staff 

In order to provide the best service for each patient, Loyola staffs nurses each day according to our patients' needs. Each day at Loyola, registered nurses, patient care technicians and other personnel care for patients. Since 2009, Loyola has been recognized for exceptional patient care and nursing excellence with the Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, an affiliate of the American Nurses Association.

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-LUHS-888, extension 6-5140. 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. The information exchange adopted in 2014 enables Loyola to share a patient’s electronic health information with outside providers such as hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and non-Loyola physicians, with the patient's signed consent. In turn, a Loyola provider can obtain a patient’s records from outside providers, thus creating a more complete picture of the patient’s condition. Loyola will obtain a patient’s signed consent before sharing health information electronically and a patient can revoke such consent at any time.

Exchanging 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, pastoral care services, home care and hospice.

Loyola’s Proud Moments

As a leading academic medical center, Loyola provides advanced care in outstanding facilities. With doctors focusing in many subspecialty areas, Loyola provides individualized care in a clinically integrated setting. We strive to treat your condition or illness comprehensively, improving your quality of life. We also treat the whole person—body, mind and spirit. 

We continually engage in leading-edge research to develop new diagnostic tools and treatment methods for our patients. We are always striving to produce better outcomes, provide better patient experiences and offer the most advanced treatment options.

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.
  • 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 is the only center in Chicago to be nationally ranked 13 years in a row as a Best Hospital for Cardiology and Heart Surgery in U.S. News & World Report. 
  • Loyola was a pioneer in establishing a thriving ambulatory care network of 28 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. It was also the first to mandate screening upon admission for the MRSA bacteria.
  • 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

  • For six years in a row, Loyola has received the Get with the Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

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.
  • Loyola performed the first successful single-lung transplant and first successful double-lung transplant in Illinois.
  • Loyola performed the first simultaneous double-lung and kidney transplant in Illinois.
  • Loyola has performed more than 850 lung transplants, by far more than any other center 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 three 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 two 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. 
  • Loyola’s nurses staff a first-of-its-kind, integrated home care program for premature and 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. 

Emergency and Trauma Care

  • Loyola’s emergency department cares for 53,000 patients annually.
  • Loyola has one of the few Level I Trauma Centers in the state. It is the only Level I trauma center in Illinois verified by the American College of Surgeons.

Infection Prevention

  • Loyola was one of the early adopters of germ-killing robots for room sanitation.
  • 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. 

Loyola’s Burn Center

  • Loyola has been verified as a Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association. Loyola’s Burn Center is rated by the University Health System Consortium as a “best provider” in burn care. The Loyola Burn Center 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 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.