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Monday, September 25, 2017

Generous Gift Will Support Loyola Medicine's Orthopaedic Residency Program

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MAYWOOD, IL –  Alan R. Kohlhaas, MD, learned the skills to be an orthopaedic surgeon while completing a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Loyola University Medical Center.

Now as Dr. Kohlhaas nears the end of a distinguished career, he is giving back with a generous gift to Loyola's orthopaedic residency program.

The Alan R. Kohlhaas, MD, Directorship in Orthopaedic Education will provide funding to invest in orthopaedic resident education at Loyola. The inaugural directorship will be held by Karen Wu, MD, FAOA, orthopaedic residency program director. In this role, Dr. Wu ensures the program meets the highest educational and professional standards.

"I am very grateful for the training I received at Loyola and happy to give back so others can learn from this excellent program," Dr. Kohlhaas said.

Dr. Kohlhaas earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency at Loyola in 1975. Dr. Kohlhaas is semi-retired after a career in private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio and Lawrenceburg, Ind. Dr. Kohlhaas said he decided to give Loyola an endowed gift because it would support the education and training of future generations of orthopaedic surgeons and provide annual funding in perpetuity.

Loyola's five-year orthopaedic residency program includes 25 resident physicians, five in each year of training. The program is designed to enhance the training of orthopaedic surgeons who may choose academic and research careers along with clinical care.

"The Alan R. Kohlhaas Directorship in Orthopaedic Education will significantly benefit our residents and the thousands of patients they will treat throughout their careers," said Alexander J. Ghanayem, MD, FAOA, chair of Loyola's department of orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation. "The gift also will help our department attract and retain the most talented orthopaedic surgeons. We are very grateful for Dr. Kohlhaas' generosity."

Dr. Kohlhaas encourages others to join him in supporting Loyola by making tax-free transfers from their IRA accounts. An IRA owner older than 70 can annually transfer up to $100,000 directly to a charity without paying taxes on the IRA distribution.

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 92 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 129,000 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.