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Loyola Physician Partners (Clinically Integrated Network)

Loyola Physician Partners

Loyola Medicine has formed a clinically integrated network which is a physician-led effort where participants collaborate to improve health outcomes through the care coordination across the continuum, continuous quality improvement, and appropriate utilization of resources. This collaboration allows our primary care physicians and specialists, both employed and independent, to respond to new healthcare models by working together on what is referred to as the Triple Aim: Better Care, Better Quality, and Lower Overall Cost of Care.  Our network, Loyola Physician Partners (LPP), is a limited liability company with over 2,000 providers. Together, we form a network that includes a major academic medical center, community hospitals, home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities and community agencies.

We participate in activities that will position our network for success under new payment and care models, and seek payer partnerships and incentives that align with our goals of improving the overall health of our patient populations. Some of the ways we strive to achieve the Triple Aim include the use of evidence-based medicine, ensuring that our patients receive timely care in the most appropriate setting, providing personalized care coordination, and forging preferred provider relationships with others who share our goals.

Our Mission

Loyola Physician Partners (LPP) is committed to excellence in patient care. We believe that thoughtful stewardship, learning and constant reflection on experience improve all we do as we strive to provide high-quality healthcare. We believe in God’s presence in all our work. Through our care, concern, respect and cooperation, we demonstrate this belief to our patients and families, and each other. To fulfill our mission we foster an environment that encourages innovation, embraces diversity, respects life, and values human dignity. We are committed to going beyond the treatment of disease. We also treat the human spirit.®

Care Coordination Services

Our care coordination team manages the care of the patient across the continuum of care. This continuum includes inpatient, outpatient and post-acute care. Our team consists of registered nurses (RNs), licensed clinical social workers, counselors and pharmacists. They work closely with patients to develop a comprehensive care plan that focuses on managing complex and/or chronic health needs. Attention is centered on providing comprehensive and individualized access to physical health, behavioral health, community and social services to ensure that the patient receives appropriate care and other needed resources.

Our team empowers patients, their families and caregivers to be active participants in their care through patient-friendly education and informed shared decision-making that is based on cooperation, trust and respect for each individual’s healthcare knowledge and health literacy, values, beliefs and cultural background.

Loyola Physician Partners Board of Directors


  • Chairman of the Board: Rodney Schainis, MD, Internal Medicine, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH)
  • President:  Keith Veselik, MD, Regional Vice President, Population Health, Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), and President, Loyola Physician Partners (LPP)
  • Treasurer: Ellyn Chin, Regional Vice President, Population Health Operations and Contracting, Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC)
  • Secretary: Meghan Kieffer, Associate Counsel, LUHS

Participant Representatives

  • Jennifer Angeles, MD, Internal Medicine Physicians, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
  • Charles Bareis, MD, RHM Chief Medical Officer, MacNeal Hospital
  • Mark Cichon, DO, Emergency Medical Services, Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC)
  • M.E. Cleary, President, MacNeal Hospital
  • Michael Davenport, MD, RHM Chief Medical Officer, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
  • Bernard Gawne, Jr., MD, MS, MPH, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, GMH
  • John Hart, Vice President and Regional Chief Integrity Officer, Trinity Health
  • Omar Hussain, DO, Pulmonary Medicine, GMH
  • Daniel Isacksen, Regional Chief Financial Officer, Trinity Health
  • Michael Markos, MD, Pulmonologist, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
  • Steven Michel, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Loyola Medical Group
  • John Morgan, Community Representative
  • Dilip Patel, MD, Internal Medicine, GMH
  • Murali Rao, MD, Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, LUMC
  • Amit Srivastava, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Anita Varkey, MD, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Primary Care, LUMC

LPP Committees

  • Credentialing and Standards Committee – Rodney Schainis, MD, Chair
  • Finance Committee – Ellyn Chin, Chair
  • Compliance Committee – John Hart, Chair

Trinity Health Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

Loyola Medicine is a member of Trinity Health, a national Catholic healthcare system. Loyola Physician Partners is one of four Trinity Health organizations participating in the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation's (CMMI) ACO model called the Next Generation ACO (NGACO).This model advances the administration’s healthcare system goals and builds on experience from the Pioneer ACO Model and the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Through this model, CMS partners with Trinity Health and other ACOs that are experienced in coordinating care for populations of patients and whose provider groups are ready to assume higher levels of financial risk and reward. Please reference the Trinity Health ACO website or the CMS Next Generation ACO website for more information. 

Other Value-based Contracts

Loyola Physician Partners currently participates in a number of Commercial, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid contracts with varying levels of risk and reward. Providers may be eligible for quality incentives or shared savings depending on network performance on cost, utilization and/or quality metrics.

Provider Participation

For all of LPP's arrangements, the health system has made the commitment that physicians will not be at risk if we do not reach our performance goals. We continuously seek to improve our performance, strengthen our network, and share tools and information needed for success. Physician engagement is key to success in these arrangements. We know providers are busy juggling multiple priorities so we have created a succinct physician "Ask" that outlines physician expectations and what you can expect from us. We believe that if our practices consistently execute on these three items, it will have a positive impact on our overall network goals. To learn more about our contracts or to inquire about membership or the physician "ASK", please contact us.

Contact Information

Toll-free number

Claire Heideman
Executive Director, Network Development and Administration
708-216-8224 phone

Lyndsey Zywicki
Manager, Payor Relations and Population Health
708-216-2494 phone

Additional information can be found at the Chicago Health System web site.