Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Loyola to Break Ground on Innovative School of Nursing and Center for Collaborative Learning

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Chicago will break ground for the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing building and Center for Collaborative Learning from 4-6 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at the health sciences campus at 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood, Ill. “We plan to build on Loyola’s long-standing commitment to the Catholic-Jesuit mission and its leadership in education and research through the development of this new facility,” said Father Michael Garanzini, SJ, president, Loyola University Chicago. “This building will allow us to improve health, advance science and ensure excellence in patient care in the future.” The center will be adjacent to the Stritch School of Medicine. Phase I of this initiative will be complete in fall 2012. This includes: a 180-seat lecture hall; an integrated learning environment featuring an electronic health sciences library; a light-filled atrium for studying; a café set among gardens where students, faculty and staff can gather; nursing classrooms and administrative offices. This phase also features a state-of-the-art clinical simulation center with a six-bed virtual hospital and home-care environment. Here nursing, medical and health-science students will learn in a team-based environment how to better care for patients. “Collaborative care means better care for patients,” said Vicki A. Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP, dean, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. “This facility will foster a cohesive learning environment where students work together to improve patient care.” Faculty will replicate patient-care scenarios in the clinical simulation center. This will allow students from various disciplines to hone their technical, communication, critical-thinking and decision-making skills under the supervision of experienced professionals.

“The clinical simulation center allows students to apply the knowledge they gain in the traditional classroom setting with risk-free care,” said Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, dean, Stritch School of Medicine. “This educational approach distinguishes our graduates from others in the marketplace, because it more effectively prepares them for authentic patient-care challenges.” Planning for Phase II of this project is under way. This will include another building with additional classrooms for junior and senior nursing students. “This is an exciting time for the Niehoff School of Nursing and the Stritch School of Medicine to come together in close proximity to the hospital,” said Paul K. Whelton, MB, MD, MSc, president and chief executive officer, Loyola University Health System. “This educational structure will allow us to fully equip the next generation to meet the increasingly complex needs of health care.”

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.