Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Loyola University Health System has opened a new cardiovascular clinic in Park Ridge that will make it much easier for Chicago and Northwest suburban patients to see Loyola's top-rated heart and vascular doctors.

The Loyola Center for Heart and Vascular Medicine at Park Ridge, 1030 W. Higgins Road, is located just off the Cumberland exit of the Kennedy Expressway. The center also is near the Tri-State Expressway.

“Our Loyola physicians will offer a full range of outpatient heart and vascular treatments,” said Dr. David Wilber, director of Loyola’s Cardiovascular Institute and director of cardiology. “We also will provide cutting-edge diagnostic services such as nuclear cardiography and peripheral vascular testing, ” added Wilber, who is also professor of cardiovascular sciences, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Loyola is a nationally recognized center of excellence for heart and vascular care. Its heart transplant program was one of the first of its kind in the United States. Loyola also was the first hospital in the country to implant into a patient a defibrillator that automatically signals a doctor through satellite transmissions. U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked Loyola’s heart program as one of the best in the country.

Clinical specialties offered at the Park Ridge center include general cardiology, as well as care for those being treated for heart failure, vascular disorders, diseases that may lead to blockages and heart rhythm problems.

Diagnostic services include echocardiograms, EKGs, stress tests, vascular studies, preoperative testing, event monitoring and nuclear cardiology. Such diagnostic tests can spot problems at earlier stages, when they are more easily treated.

Patients also will have access to Loyola researchers who are conducting clinical trials of new drugs and heart devices.

Loyola traditionally has focused on the west and southwest suburbs. Now it is extending its reach to the northwest suburbs and northwest side of Chicago.

“Instead of heart patients having to travel all the way to Maywood, we’re coming to them,” said Dr. Fred Leya, medical director of Loyola’s cardiac catheterization lab and professor of cardiology at Stritch.

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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.