Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Loyola to Dedicate New School of Nursing Building with Blessing

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Chicago will formally bless and dedicate the new Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing building at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. This event will take place on the Health Sciences Campus located at 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood. Tours of the facility will follow the blessing and dedication.

“This new building demonstrates Loyola’s long-standing commitment to Catholic health-care education and research,” said Father Michael J. Garanzini, SJ, president and CEO, Loyola University Chicago. “This state-of-the-art facility will foster collaborative, interdisciplinary care, which will have a transformative impact on our students and the patients they serve."

The 58,222-square-foot building houses a 165-seat lecture hall, classrooms, group study rooms, conference rooms, faculty offices, a light-filled atrium and a café. This space features the Galante Information Commons, an integrated learning environment with an electronic health sciences library. The building also includes the new Walgreen Family Virtual Hospital, which has six high fidelity clinical simulation labs and a home-care environment where nursing, medical and allied health students can learn and work together to better care for patients.

“This is an exciting time,” said Vicki A. Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP, dean, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. “This facility fosters a cohesive environment where students from various disciplines learn together. This will allow us to improve health, advance science and ensure excellence in patient care in the future."

The building is connected to the Stritch School of Medicine Cuneo Center, which now features a new task simulation, education and advanced procedures performance assessment center. Students from various disciplines work together here to replicate patient-care scenarios. This allows students 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, senior vice president and provost, Health Sciences Division. “This educational approach distinguishes our graduates from others in the marketplace because it more effectively prepares them for authentic patient-care challenges."

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing was founded in 1935 as the first baccalaureate nursing program in Illinois. Today, the school is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Top-rated programs are offered at all levels. These include programs for undergraduate nursing and health systems management, exercise science and dietetics, master's and doctoral level programs, undergraduate dietetic and internship programs as well as certificate courses for professional nurses. Courses for the MNSON are held at Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus in Chicago and at the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, 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.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.