Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Keeley Family Donates $2 Million For Redesign Of Loyola's Emergency Room

Facility to be renamed the John L. Keeley, MD, Emergency Department

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- A family with deep roots at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine is funding a redesign that will dramatically enhance patient care in the emergency room of Loyola University Hospital.

The Keeley Family Foundation -- founded by John L. Keeley Jr., president and chief investment officer of Chicago-based Keeley Asset Management Corp., and his wife, Barbara -- has donated $2 million for the redesign that will make Loyola's emergency room more efficient and comfortable for patients and their families.

"This gift is the continuation of the legacy begun by my father, the late Dr. John Lemuel Keeley, who throughout his long career at Loyola mentored many of the physicians who have gone on to successful careers saving lives and training the next generation of surgeons and emergency room physicians," John L. Keeley Jr., said.

Loyola's emergency room will be renamed the John L. Keeley, MD, Emergency Department in honor of Dr. Keeley's contributions to Loyola and the Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Keeley, a heart specialist and surgeon who passed away in 1992, chaired Loyola’s Department of Surgery from 1958 to 1969. He received his medical degree from Loyola in 1929, and continued to be associated with the Stritch School of Medicine for decades. In 1976, Keeley was awarded the Stritch Medal, which is presented annually to a distinguished Stritch alumnus or faculty member. In the 1950s, he was summoned to Rome to help care for an ailing Cardinal Samuel Stritch, archbishop of Chicago. The Cardinal, for whom the medical school is named after, later made Keeley a Knight of St. Gregory.

"This gift in Dr. Keeley's memory will allow others to bear witness to his legacy of giving to the patients in the Emergency Department," said Dr. Mark Cichon, director of emergency medical services at Loyola. "We join the Keeley family in honoring a distinguished family member who gave so much of his personal and professional life to the hospital and medical school."

Dr. Keeley's many contributions to Loyola and the Stritch School of Medicine include funds he donated to establish the John L. Keeley Fellowship, an annual award given to a selected resident or fellow. The award allows the recipient to travel in the U.S. or abroad to increase their surgical knowledge through brief internships with surgical specialists. Fellowship recipients return to their home department with new and alternative surgical viewpoints.

"Each year when the fellowship is awarded, we are again reminded of how much Dr. Keeley means to this medical institution. We are very grateful to the Keeley family in recognizing the benefits that will accrue to the patients and families who utilize our emergency room," said Paul Whelton, MB, MD, MSc, President and CEO, Loyola University Health System. "This greatly needed expansion is made possible mainly because the generous spirit of the Keeleys and other families and donors like them."

Loyola's Emergency Department receives some of the region's most critically ill and injured patients, and the severity level of emergency admissions is among the highest in the country. Emergency medicine physicians treat more than 50,000 seriously ill and injured patients in Loyola's Emergency Department every year.

Problems seen include major injuries from accidents, high-risk obstetrics, unstable cardiac conditions, poisonings and severe childhood illnesses. The 27-bed emergency facility is one of the most advanced in the Midwest and contains specialty care sections for trauma, cardiac care and pediatrics.

Loyola University Health System's (Loyola) hospital is designated by the state of Illinois as a Level I Trauma Center for both adult and pediatric patients. Additionally, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) also has verified the hospital's Level I Trauma Center status. Loyola is the only hospital in Illinois -- and one of a select group nationwide -- to earn this distinction.

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.