Monday, March 8, 2010

Health-care Conference to Feature Research on Vulnerable Populations

Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium to discuss impacting policy for at-risk patient groups

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Health-care leaders will gather this month to discuss how research can impact policy for vulnerable populations at the 22nd Annual Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium. The program will take place from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 26, at The Hyatt Lodge and Hamburger University in Oak Brook, Ill.

“The Palmer Symposium provides an important platform for the research community to share knowledge about advances in health care,” said Nancy Hogan, PhD, RN, FAAN, distinguished professor and associate dean for research, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. “Addressing issues that impact vulnerable populations will allow us to more effectively guide policies that influence their care.”

U. S. Assistant Surgeon General Kerry Paige Nesseler, MS, RN, will give the keynote address on public health priorities. The program will: explore opportunities to develop multidisciplinary research for vulnerable populations; provide examples of how public health policies address the needs of these groups; and encourage health-care professionals, nursing administrators and researchers to advocate for populations with health-care disparities.

Presentations will address topics related to vulnerable populations such as obesity, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis and diabetes. Research posters also will be displayed throughout the day. Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Alpha Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and Nursing Services, Loyola University Health System, will co-sponsor the symposium.

Loyola University Health System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Illinois Nurse's Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This program will offer 6.7 contact hours for nursing. The Ruth K. Palmer Memorial Endowment makes this annual event possible. The endowment is a gift from dean emeritus Gladys Kiniery in memory of her beloved sister.

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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part 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 a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.