Friday, April 3, 2009

Loyola Named One of Best Hospitals for Prostate Cancer Care, Treatment, Research

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.

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.