Cardiac Research: Loyola Receives AHA Grant | News | Loyola Medicine
Monday, March 9, 2015

Loyola receives $735,516 from the American Heart Association for cardiac research

MAYWOOD, Ill. – The American Heart Association awarded Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine $735,516 in 2014 in new and continuing grants for cardiac research.

Since 1984, the Heart Association has donated $8.4 million to fund 91 studies at Loyola.

“We would like to offer our robust and very sincere thanks for the Heart Association’s many years of support,” said Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, interim provost of Loyola’s Health Sciences Division and dean and chief diversity officer of Stritch School of Medicine.

During a March 5 ceremony at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine, AHA Chicago board member Fawn Lopez presented Loyola with a symbolic, oversize check for $735,526.

Since 1949, the American Heart Association has spent more than $3.4 billion on basic, clinical and population research to enhance knowledge about cardiovascular disease and stroke.

“We are proud to be able to fund research programs that support the development of new and existing life-saving technologies and by identifying new ways to prevent, detect and treat cardiovascular disease and stroke,” said Brian Shields, executive director of American Heart Association Chicago. “Research funded by the American Heart Association has yielded such advances as cardiac catheterization, bypass surgery, pacemakers, CPR and angioplasty.”

Larry Goldberg, president and CEO of Loyola University Health System, said being associated with the Heart Association “is a great fit for Loyola.”

Loyola researchers are conducting a broad range of cardiac research, from the laboratory bench to the patient's bedside. This research will move into Loyola’s new Center for Translational Research and Education, which is set to open in Spring, 2016 on Loyola’s Health Sciences campus in Maywood.

Loyola provides complete heart and vascular care, ranging from teaching heart-healthy lifestyles to pioneering the latest technology. Loyola’s cardiology and heart surgery program is the only cardiology program in Chicago to be nationally ranked for 12 years in a row.

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.