MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Chicago broke ground Aug. 16 on a $137 million medical research and education building that will support nearly 500 scientists and staff working together to improve human health. The Loyola University Chicago Center for Translational Research and Education is scheduled to open in April 2016 on the university’s Health Sciences Campus in Maywood.
The five-story, 227,000-square-foot building is a collaboration among Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Health System, and CHE-Trinity Health.
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president and CEO of Loyola University Chicago, said one of the biggest challenges in health care is acquiring new knowledge and producing great doctors and nurses. “This new center will transform the practice of Catholic health care education and research for the benefit of students, patients and our society as a whole."
Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, senior vice president and provost of Loyola’s Health Sciences Division, told nearly 300 scientists and dignitaries: “It is almost certain that someone in your life – possibly you – will benefit from the work that is done at this health sciences campus. Patients right across the street and around the world will be able to enjoy healthier lives, thanks to Loyola health sciences. Excellence in research translates into excellence in patient care."
Larry Goldberg, president and CEO of Loyola University Health System, said: “This is about discovery, and translating that discovery to the patients who we serve. Bringing together this collection of researchers and clinicians to really build something great . . . will bring us forward for the next 10 to 15 years."
The center will include open laboratory and support space for 72 principal investigators plus space for 40 lead scientists engaged in desktop research such as public health, health services, nursing, bioinformatics and epidemiology. A 250-seat auditorium will provide a link with the local community, serving primarily as a showcase for health-related programming.
In 2011, Trinity Health (now CHE-Trinity) acquired the health system from the university. As part of this agreement, the university and CHE-Trinity will share the cost of a $150 million research enterprise, comprising the $137 million building and funding to attract and support leading researchers.
The center will accommodate principal investigators, postdoctoral trainees, physicians, nurses, fellows, graduate students, and students from Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Researchers now scattered among buildings throughout the Health Sciences Campus will be centralized in the research and education center.
The center will be built on what is now a parking lot between the medical school and an office building.
In addition to Father Garanzini, Dr. Gamelli, and Larry Goldberg, other members of the partnership who handled ceremonial groundbreaking shovels were:
- Richard Kennedy, PhD, vice provost of research and graduate programs, Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division
- Larry Warren, interim COO, CHE-Trinity
- Jackie Taylor Holsten, Health Sciences Committee chair, Loyola University Chicago Board of Trustees
- Bill Laird, senior vice president and CFO, Loyola University Chicago
- Linda Brubaker, MD, dean of the Stritch School of Medicine
- Vicki Keough, PhD, dean of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.