Urology department selected as one of nation's Clinical Centers of Excellence
MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Hospital has been named as having a prostate cancer program that is among the finest in the nation.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed malignancy in men. Loyola's urology department is the only program in the Chicago area to be recognized as being among the nation's Clinical Centers of Excellence for prostate cancer by Urology Times, a leading source of news and analysis about key advances in the field of urology.
The list is based on surveys of Urology Times readers and on verifiable information provided by each center under consideration. The information includes:
* Quality improvement initiatives under way * Community outreach (Including free screenings and support programs) * National awards and recognition * Number of referrals * Number of international referrals * Number of patients treated and procedures performed each year * Number of active research protocols * Systems in place to prevent errors * Outcomes data (Mortality/morbidity rates, unnecessary readmission rates, etc.) * Level of technological equipment on site * Follow-up care programs (Enforcement of secondary prevention/medication compliance) * Patient education efforts * Patient satisfaction survey results * Infectious disease prevention efforts * Evidence of incorporating research and clinical care * Faculty publishing records.
At Loyola, prostate cancer patients receive multidisciplinary care that includes surgical and reconstructive procedures, minimally invasive approaches including laparoscopy and robotic surgery; and percutaneous cryosurgery that uses extreme cold produced by liquid nitrogen to destroy cancerous tissue. Patients also have access to the latest clinical trials and advanced radiation therapies that include radiation seed implants.
Loyola also offers a comprehensive array of general urology, tertiary and subspecialty care for adults and children.
Other hospitals named Clinical Centers of Excellence include Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland; Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York; Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville and the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.