Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Loyola enters clinical affiliation with Porter Regional Hospital

Arrangement will expand access in Northwest Indiana to Loyola’s Academic Clinical Care and Research

Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill., has entered into a clinical affiliation agreement with Porter Regional Hospital in Northwest Indiana. The affiliation will complement the quality care that patients receive at Porter Regional Hospital by expanding access to academic research and clinical care in Northwest Indiana.

Porter Health Care System CEO Jonathan Nalli said, “We are increasing the depth of our clinical services through this affiliation. Both Porter Regional Hospital and Loyola University Health System are committed to furthering access to medical resources and patient-centered care."

Loyola President and CEO Larry M. Goldberg said the affiliation will further Loyola’s mission of broadening access to its medical services. “Now, patients from Northwest Indiana can retain the comforts and convenience of their home hospital, while benefiting from Loyola specialists and gaining access to our leading-edge clinical trials."

One of the first areas to see the benefits of this affiliation will be Porter Regional Hospital’s new Cancer Care Center. According to Nalli, Porter’s cancer patients will have access to clinical trials conducted by Loyola faculty close to home.

Additionally, the affiliation will enhance the ability of Porter’s new Neuroscience Center to provide stroke care in the community, when every minute counts.

Loyola has been named to a list of “100 Great Hospitals” by Becker’s Hospital Review and the cancer program has received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons. The American Stroke Association has awarded Loyola its Gold Performance Achievement Award for implementing a higher standard of stroke care, and Loyola is certified by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

Porter Health Care System has two hospital campuses and seven outpatient facilities serving Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Starke, Newton and Jasper counties. With more than 350 physicians representing 50 medical specialties on the medical staff, Porter Health Care System is a leader in technology and overall patient care.

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.