Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Loyola Opens First Immediate Care Center in Homer Glen

Service favored by those who can't or don't want to wait for appointment

MAYWOOD, Ill. - The Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen is expanding its advanced specialty care in the Homer Glen/Lockport area with the addition of immediate care services for people with non-critical illnesses and injuries that require quick medical treatment.

"The Immediate Care Center will close a huge gap in the available medical services in the rapidly growing Homer Glen and Lockport areas," said Dr. Paul K. Whelton, MSc, president & CEO, Loyola University Health System. "Southwest suburban families will now have faster access to care in those instances when their regular doctor's office is closed and the health problem isn't an immediate threat to their lives."

The Immediate Care Center is located in the Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen, 15750 Marian Drive, on the Marian Village campus. Many of the specialty services for which Loyola University Health System has earned a national reputation are offered there, including neurology, cardiology, hematology/oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, pain treatment, radiology, internal medicine, gastroenterology, neurology, physical rehabilitation (adult and pediatric), plastic surgery and geriatrics.

Dr. Anne Li, medical director of the Immediate Care Center, said beyond giving patients greater flexibility in seeing a physician, the facility, which will have a full-time staff bolstered by support from Loyola's vast pool of medical specialists, will also offer significant savings in cost and time.

"It's so much cheaper going to immediate care because patients are charged for a clinic visit, not an emergency room visit," said Li, a family practitioner with extensive experience in emergency and immediate care medicine. "Immediate care is also much quicker because you won't be in a room full of people waiting. Nationally, the average waiting time for immediate care is about 30 minutes versus four hours in an emergency room." With the nearest immediate care facilities more than nine miles away, down busy roads in Joliet and Palos Heights, the Immediate Care Center will be the most convenient alternative for residents when it opens on June 4. It will offer walk-in care for health problems such as colds, flu, allergies, mild to moderate asthma, fever, sprains, fractures, minor burns and lacerations.

The Immediate Care Center will also offer services not available in many primary care physicians' offices, such as radiology facilities for the diagnosis of minor fractures and minor procedure rooms for the treatment of lacerations and cuts. No appointment will be necessary for immediate care. Patients lacking a primary care physician will be able to get a referral to one at Loyola.

"The treatment patients will receive at the Immediate Care Center will introduce them to some of the services Loyola University Health System offers and familiarize them with our brand of whole-patient care," said Dr. Elizabeth Frye, senior vice president, medical director of ambulatory programs. "Other providers are setting up practices in Homer Glen, but we think that the strength of the Loyola name and our medical capabilities will give us an advantage."

The Immediate Care Center is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. The center's telephone number is (708) 645-3500.

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.