Thursday, April 20, 2017

Loyola Medicine, Palos Health Announce Radiation Oncology Joint Venture

Center to Offer First MRI-guided Radiation Therapy in Illinois

MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine and Palos Health today announced plans to establish a joint venture to offer radiation oncology services at Palos Health South Campus in Orland Park.

The joint venture, named South Campus Partners, LLC, will strengthen the exclusive academic partner affiliation between Loyola and Palos and enhance delivery of world-class ambulatory care in the southwest suburbs.

“Loyola is excited to expand our existing oncology program and services to include state-of-the-art Radiation Oncology services on Palos’ south campus,” said Daniel J. Post, regional executive vice president for strategy and business development, Trinity Health Illinois. “We are committed to partnering with Palos to offer multi-disciplinary, collaborative oncology care close to home.”

Trinity Health Illinois is a regional system of Trinity Health – one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems with 93 hospitals in 22 states – that includes Loyola University Health System (Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and a large ambulatory network) and Mercy Hospital & Medical Center.

Palos Health is a fully integrated, community-based healthcare system consisting of Palos Hospital, Palos Medical Group, Palos South Campus in Orland Park, Palos Home Care and Hospice and Chicago Health Colleagues, a clinically integrated physician network.

South Campus Partners, LLC, will be governed by a board with equal representation from Loyola and Palos.

“With this joint venture, Palos patients will have even greater access to Loyola’s academic expertise right in our neighborhood,” said Terrence Moisan, MD, president & CEO of Palos.

Radiation oncology services at the Loyola Center for Cancer Care & Research at Palos Health South Campus, 15300 West Avenue in Orland Park, will open in the summer of 2018 and be located in 13,000-square-feet of newly constructed space.

Raymond B. Wynn, MD, FACR, an internationally known radiation oncologist at Loyola, has been selected as the medical director of radiation oncology for this new facility.

The unit will feature the first radiation therapy system in Illinois that’s guided in real time by MRI imaging. During radiation therapy, tissues move when a patient breathes. The MRI-guided system, called MRIdian®, can simultaneously image and treat cancer patients, precisely targeting moving tumors while avoiding surrounding tissue. 

“The ability to see, adapt and treat with MRI-guided radiotherapy will benefit our patients in multiple ways,” said William Small, Jr., MD, FACRO, FACR, FASTRO, chair of Loyola’s department of radiation oncology.

Nearly two years ago, Loyola and Palos entered into a clinical affiliation agreement. Since then, affiliation developments have included:

  • A 24/7 telestroke program that brings the expertise of Loyola stroke specialists to the patient’s bedside at Palos via a telemedicine robot.
  • The Loyola Center for Cancer Care & Research at Palos Community Hospital, which provides access to Loyola oncology experts, experimental new drugs and clinical trials, as well as an on-site chemotherapy infusion center.
  • Specialty care from Loyola’s medical and surgical oncologists and orthopaedic and neurosurgery surgical services.
  • Streamlined trauma transfers and subspecialty referrals from Palos to Loyola.
  • Educational programming for Palos physicians by teleconferenced grand rounds and continuing medical education courses.
  • Palos and Loyola now have compatible electronic medical records systems making it easier for clinicians to access medical records across both systems.

As with previous steps in this innovative partnership, Palos will remain independent. Each organization will maintain its own culture, mission and commitment to the community, and financial and organizational structures will remain separate. 

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, and Loyola Outpatient 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 247-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.

About Trinity Health

Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 93 hospitals, as well as 122 continuing care programs that include PACE, senior living facilities, and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $17.6 billion and assets of $23.4 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 131,000 colleagues, including 7,500 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity Health is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services — ranked by number of visits — in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs. For more information, visit www.trinity-health.org. You can also follow @TrinityHealthMI on Twitter.