Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Loyola To Assist Illinois Army National Guard in Mass-Disaster Drill

Exercise designed to map out the quickest, most efficient emergency transportation routes for injured patients

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola will assist the Illinois Army National Guard in a large-scale drill designed to map out the most efficient and quickest routes for emergency vehicles responding to a major regional disaster or terror attack.

The drill will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6. Rescue, treatment and transportation of role-playing patients begins in Summit at 10 a.m. Patients are scheduled to arrive at Loyola and Advocate between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The drill will begin in the 5600 block of Archer Road in Summit, Ill., and will end at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine on the campus of Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

The drill will include Illinois National Guardsmen from the 108th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, the 708th Medical Company and the 710th Area Support Medical Company, all of which are based at the National Guard Armory in North Riverside, Ill. Joining the Guardsmen will be hundreds of participants from a major area public transportation company and hospitals and emergency management, fire and law enforcement agencies. Among those will be Loyola University Hospital, Advocate Christ Hospital, Summit Fire Department, Summit Police Department, North Riverside Police Department and Pace Suburban Bus Service.

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.