Friday, June 22, 2007


(MAYWOOD, IL) June 22, 2007- Loyola University Medical Center has been ranked among the best in the nation for treatment of heart failure, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Loyola ranks among top 38 best-scoring hospitals in the United States and is one of only two hospitals in Illinois that have the lowest death rates from heart failure, according to the study of more than 4,000 hospitals across the nation.

The department's Hospital Compare Web site ( uses Medicare data and seeks to provide consumers with information about the quality and cost of healthcare.

"These results reflect the dedication of all of our physicians who work as a team to improve patient outcomes," says Dr. David Wilber, professor of cardiovascular sciences, department of medicine, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Dr. William Barron, vice president of quality and safety, LUHS, said that Loyola makes sure that heart failure patients get appropriate follow-up when they leave the hospital.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, 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 a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.