Loyola Celebrates APNs and Physician Assistants | Loyola Medicine
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Loyola to celebrate Advanced Practice Nurses Week and Physician Assistants Week

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Health System (LUHS) will celebrate Advanced Practice Nurses Week Nov. 8-14, 2015. During this time Loyola also will recognize the contributions of our physician assistants.

“As health care continues to change and progress the need for advanced practice nurses and physician assistants is more vital than ever,” said Karen J. Anderson, RN, MSN, MBA, chief nurse executive and vice president, Patient Care Services, LUHS. “At Loyola we are fortunate to have some of the finest. We are grateful for the opportunity to thank them for the great work they do in providing preventive services, education, and primary and specialty care to patients.”

Each state determines the scope of practice of APNs and PAs. In Illinois, an advanced practice nurse must complete an accredited educational program with a master’s degree in nursing (MS or MSN) or a doctorate degree in nursing (DNSc, DNP or PhD) and be board certified.

APNs are independent practitioners who work in collaboration with other members of a health-care team in both inpatient and outpatient settings. An APN’s responsibilities are varied and may include: performing physical exams, diagnosing and treating illnesses, providing routine health care, primary and specialty care, wellness and disease prevention, prescribing medications, ordering and interpreting tests, performing routine procedures, providing patient education and support, assisting in surgery and collaborating with other health-care professionals. APN services also are billable to Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies. Types of advanced practice nurses include nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists who have advanced knowledge in a particular field.

Physician assistants work under supervision in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. In Illinois, a physician assistant must complete an accredited educational program with a master’s degree of medical science in physician assistant studies and be board certified. PA responsibilities include: taking a medical history, performing physical exams, diagnosing and treating illnesses, ordering and interpreting tests, developing treatment plans, giving preventive health advice, assisting in surgery and writing prescriptions. PA services are billable to Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies.

Loyola employs more than 100 APNs and PAs in the following specialties:

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.