MAYWOOD, IL – Palos Health and Loyola Medicine unveiled the newly expanded Palos Health South Campus in Orland Park with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, August 11. More than 500 people attended the event.
The 83,000-square-foot expansion at 15300 West Avenue in Orland Park is part of a unique partnership between Palos Health and Loyola Medicine aimed at bringing nationally ranked academic care closer to home for residents of the southwest suburbs.
A standout feature of the new facility is a leading-edge radiation therapy system, called Viewray MRIdian®, that's guided in real time by MRI imaging and targets tumors with millimeter precision. Loyola and Palos become the first in Illinois – and only the 10th worldwide – to offer this groundbreaking technology.
“Palos Health has served this community for more than 45 years and over 35 years at this location in Orland Park," said Terrence Moisan, MD, president and CEO, Palos Health. “The expansion of the South Campus is a demonstration of the commitment of our Board of Directors to assure quality medical care in an accessible state-of-the-art ambulatory facility to area residents. We strongly believe that the future in health care delivery is to render care in advanced outpatient settings where more than 90% of health care needs can be efficiently addressed. In recent years, we have expanded services available at our South Campus through the growth of Palos Medical Group, the addition of Palos Imaging and Diagnostics, as well as other services traditionally offered in a hospital setting.”
Palos Health is a fully integrated, community-based healthcare system consisting of Palos Hospital, Palos Medical Group, Palos South Campus in Orland Park, Palos Home Care and Hospice and Chicago Health Colleagues, a clinically integrated physician network.
Loyola Medicine is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn and convenient primary and specialty care clinics throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties.
"We are excited to bring Loyola's nationally ranked specialists, access to advanced clinical trials, expanded cancer care and state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center to the Palos Health South Campus," said Daniel Post, regional executive vice president, strategy and business development, Loyola Medicine.
Construction for the new building, located on the southeast corner of the campus, began in September, 2016. It features Loyola's 25,000-square foot specialty and primary care clinic on the first floor, with 47 exam rooms, two procedure rooms, an X-ray suite and spaces for hearing testing, blood draws and other services. More than 40 Loyola physicians will treat patients in more than 18 specialties.
Opening this fall on the second floor will be a 17,000-square-foot outpatient surgery center featuring four operating suites and 15 pre-op and post-op bays. The 13,000-square foot radiation oncology center also features a Varian TrueBeam® linear accelerator and a Philips Brilliance Big Bore® CT scanner, as well as its own lower level entrance and 20 dedicated, covered parking spots for radiation oncology patients.
Palos Health's Imaging and Lab are being renovated as part of this project, and the facility also boasts a state-of-the-art conference center with two conference rooms and seating for 100.
Other custom features of the expansion include an eco-friendly rooftop garden and custom photography of Loyola's main campus in Maywood, the grounds of Palos Hospital and the nearby nature areas.
Palos Health opened the first building at the Orland Park campus more than 30 years ago, adding services over time to meet the changing health care needs of the community. Palos and Loyola's first collaboration at this location was a chemotherapy infusion center, which opened December 7, 2015. Loyola and Palos have a clinical affiliation agreement, a telestroke partnership, compatible electronic medical record systems and streamlined trauma transfers and subspecialty referrals.
Palos Health remains independent from Loyola. Each organization maintains its own culture, mission and commitment to the community, and financial and organizational structures remain separate.
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