Physician Receives Dennis F. Kelly Award | News | Loyola Medicine
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Catholic Charities honors Loyola physician with Dennis F. Kelly Award

MAYWOOD, Ill. – J. Paul O’Keefe, MD, medical director of the Medical Specialties Practice at Loyola Outpatient Center as well as medical director of the Maywood Primary Care Clinic, was presented the esteemed 2015 Dennis F. Kelly Award by Catholic Charities. The award is given to a member of the Board of Advisors who has exhibited outstanding service to the mission of Catholic Charities. Dr. O’Keefe also serves as professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

A board member since 1997, Dr. O’Keefe credits his father, who was also a Catholic Charities board member, with inspiring his sense of social justice and charity. Of his medical philosophy, Dr. O’Keefe says, “I’ve never noted a difference between the insured and the uninsured. I enjoy the privilege of providing service to people. God is present in everyone, especially the poor and the outcast. Justice demands that we do something to provide help when we can.”

From the earliest days of his medical career at Loyola University Medical Center, Dr. O’Keefe has had a passion for serving the poor, specifically people without access to medical care. As a young physician at Loyola, he volunteered at free health clinics on Chicago’s South Side while teaching at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine. In 1987, he was the founding director of the Cook County Department of Public Health’s Maywood Clinic. Dr. O’Keefe also established a multi-disciplinary AIDS clinic at Loyola, which combined health care with social and spiritual support.

His tireless dedication to the community is evidenced by his roles as chair of the HIV/AIDS Task Force of the Archdiocese of Chicago and as a member of the Health Advisory Board of

Catholic Charities of Chicago. Dr. O’Keefe’s devotion to teaching and the service of others has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Medical Alumni Association’s Golden Apple Teaching Award in 1992 and the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award. 

Dr. O’Keefe was honored in 2004 with the University’s Stritch Medal for his service to students, the community and the medical profession. Throughout his career, Dr. O’Keefe has donated his time and skill to bring essential healthcare services to communities in desperate need, consistently honoring the service-focused, Jesuit-Catholic values that have shaped his life and work. 

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.