Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Loyola earns designation as a Comprehensive Hypertension Center

Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., has been approved as a Comprehensive Hypertension Center by the American Society of Hypertension (ASH).

This designation recognizes centers that have demonstrated the highest level of expertise in treating patients with complex hypertension and coexisting medical conditions, such as diabetes and chronic kidney disease.

ASH is the largest organization of hypertension researchers and health-care providers in the United States  and is committed to preventing and treating hypertension and its consequences.

“Centers such as Loyola that have been designated as Comprehensive Hypertension Centers have the multidisciplinary expertise to care for patients with the most complex and difficult-to-control forms of hypertension.” said Dr. Karen Griffin, medical director of the Loyola University Health System Comprehensive Hypertension Program.

To be designated as a Comprehensive Hypertension Center, a center must meet the following criteria:

  • The director is an ASH-designated specialist in clinical hypertension.
  • More than 50 percent of the center is devoted to patients with hypertension and related disorders.
  • Personnel are certified in recording blood pressure and in maintaining equipment for both the center and for patients who monitor themselves.
  • Performs and interprets 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure recording.
  • Has facilities to perform extensive multispecialty examination and treatment to assess complicated hypertension problems.
  • Influences hypertension curriculum for medical students, house officers and fellows.
  • Personnel participates in basic and clinical research with annual publication of scholarly articles related to the field of hypertension and related disorders.

The designation is for a five-year period.

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.