Thursday, August 27, 2009

Loyola Names Dr. Chad Whelan Director of the New Division of Hospital Medicine

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Health System appointed Dr. Chad Whelan director of the new Division of Hospital Medicine. He also is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

For patients and their families a hospitalization can be a worrisome and confusing time. With the field of Hospital Medicine at the forefront of improving patient safety and quality of care, the new Division of Hospital Medicine is one more way Loyola is demonstrating its commitment to ensuring hospitalized patients receive outstanding care while facing some of life’s most difficult times.

The team is comprised of 16 physicians who are experts in hospital-based medicine. The team of physicians is completely focused on the hospitalized patient providing 24 hours a day, seven days a week attention to patients’ needs. Working with other members of the healthcare team, hospitalists ensure patients receive the most comprehensive healthcare throughout their hospitalization and as they transition back home.

“I am thrilled to become a part of Loyola. The Hospital Medicine physicians are an outstanding group of clinicians committed to the highest quality patient care,” said Dr. Chad Whelan. “With Loyola’s support for a division of hospital medicine, we have the opportunity to develop a nationally recognized hospital medicine program that will be known not only for its excellent patient care, but also its leadership in health care quality, medical education, and innovation for the care of the increasingly complex hospitalized patient.”

As division director Whelan brings extensive training, knowledge and expertise in the field of hospital medicine. His medical interests include care of complex hospitalized patients, patient safety and healthcare quality.

He is a member of the American College of Physicians, and Society of General Internal Medicine. He is a fellow in the Society of Hospital Medicine where he serves as chair of the Career Satisfaction Task Force and Acute Coronary Syndrome Resource Room Advisory Group.

Active in education Whelan has overseen several student, resident and fellow research projects and has been a part of curriculum development for the University of Michigan Medical School and University of Chicago Pritzker Medical School. He has co-authored book chapters, has had numerous scholarly article published, is a reviewer for several medical journals and on the editorial boards for the Seminars in Medical Practice, Hospitalist News and Journal of Hospital Medicine.

A resident of Oak Park, Ill., Whelan comes to Loyola having served nearly a decade as a physician at University of Chicago Medical Center. While there he was the chair of the medical staff sub-committee on health information management; quality chair, section of hospital medicine; and a member of the patient safety committee.

He earned his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota where he served as chief resident. He was part of the University of Chicago Clinical Research Training Program and was a Reynolds Scholar for faculty development in geriatrics.

Dr. Whelan enjoys music and outdoor activities.

To schedule an appointment with a Loyola physician, call toll-free (888) LUHS-888.

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.