Friday, August 10, 2012

Dr. Mark Cichon Named Chair of Loyola Department of Emergency Medicine

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Dr. Mark Cichon, DO, has been named chair of the new Department of Emergency Medicine of Loyola University Medical Center.
Cichon formerly was head of the division of Emergency Medicine within the Department of Surgery at Loyola. On July 1, the division was elevated to department status.

As a full, stand-alone department, the new Department of Emergency Medicine will be better positioned to enhance academic needs for both students and faculty and allow for richer academic growth, faculty development, faculty recruitment and retention.  This change aligns with national trends over the past decade as an increasing number of emergency medicine divisions have become full departments.

Cichon has served as division director for Loyola Emergency Medicine for the last 16 years.

“Dr. Cichon has shown that he more than meets the academic needs of both students and faculty,” said Dr. Richard Gamelli, MD, FACS, senior vice president and provost, Health Sciences, Loyola University Chicago. “He also has demonstrated how emergency medicine physicians serve the didactic needs of students as well as serving the continued growth of the faculty within the department."

Since 1995, annual patient volumes in Loyola’s emergency division have increased from 29,000 to 53,000 patients.

“The Loyola emergency department is for many patients a portal of entry to Loyola University Health System for complex care,” said Dr. Gamelli, who also serves as director of the Burn & Shock Trauma Institute and chief of the Burn Center at Loyola. The division also has instituted several programs to improve care for critically ill patients, including the Heart Attack Rapid Response Team, Stroke Program, Sepsis Program and Hypothermia Program.

The Loyola emergency medicine division is classified as a Level 1 Trauma Center, providing the highest level of surgical care to trauma patients. The division also has been recognized by groups such as The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, the American College of Surgeons for Trauma and the Illinois Department of Public Health for Trauma, Burns, Pediatric and Emergency departments.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.