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Friday, April 24, 2015

Loyola Students Gain Real-World Exposure to Health-Care Issues

Health-System Management Students Learn to Improve and Position Health Devices

MAYWOOD, IL (April 24, 2015) – A group of aspiring health-care leaders are gaining first-hand knowledge about the complexities of issues affecting medical professionals and patients.

Junior and senior health-systems management students enrolled in Loyola University Chicago’s health-care marketing class were tasked with investigating a medical device or a product and determining how it can be improved and marketed.

The project, called “Imagination Health Hackathon” involved consulting with professional engineers, designers, and patients who had experience with the device to identify issues and advances to improve them. The products included an insulin pump, a nebulizer for asthma treatment, compression stockings, a C-PAP machine for sleep apnea, and a spinal cord stimulator for pain management. Students were required to present their findings and how they would position and promote the product to a panel of health-care professionals.

“This course provided students with an opportunity to better understand health-care issues involved in the research, development, and marketing of a device,” said Joan Bufalino, MS, MSN, RN, adjunct professor who teaches the course at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. “Much of our coursework focused on non-clinical topics, but health-system management students must know about day-to-day clinical issues. This project gave them a more well-rounded view of health care.”

The course is offered to junior and senior health-systems management students in the fall and spring. Loyola's health-systems management program provides students with the knowledge and critical-thinking skills necessary for the health-care industry.

“I enjoyed working on a project that had meaning and real-world value,” said senior Victoria Gordon. “This experience provided valuable background that prepared me well for a career as a health-systems management professional.”

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.