Friday, May 10, 2013

Loyola Dr. Mark Cichon Named to Board of Directors of Illinois College of Emergency Physicians

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Mark Cichon, DO, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine of Loyola University Medical Center, has been named to the board of directors of the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians (ICEP).  ICEP is the state medical specialty society representing 1,275 emergency physicians in Illinois.

“I have been a member of ICEP for many years and am honored to serve on the board,” said Cichon, who oversees emergency services at Loyola’s Maywood and Melrose Park campuses. “Emergency services continue to grow in importance not only as more people rely on emergency rooms for complex care but also as more emergency events occur in the world."

The Illinois state chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, ICEP is dedicated to the support of quality emergency medical care and committed to the interests of emergency physicians. ICEP provides its members with significant benefits through active committees, continuing medical education programs and other activities, including legislative lobbying, practice management assistance and public affairs programs.

Cichon has served as division director for Loyola Emergency Medicine for the last 16 years.

Since 1995, annual patient volumes in Loyola’s emergency division have increased from 29,000 to 53,000 patients. At Loyola, Cichon has instituted several innovative programs to improve care for critically ill patients, including the Heart Attack Rapid Response Team, Telemedicine Stroke Program, Sepsis Blood Infection Program and Hypothermia Program.

The Loyola emergency medicine division is classified as a Level 1 Trauma Center, providing the highest level of surgical care to trauma patients. The division also has been recognized by groups such as The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, the American College of Surgeons for Trauma and the Illinois Department of Public Health for Trauma, Burns, Pediatric and Emergency departments.

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.