Friday, July 12, 2013

Loyola Performs Record Number of Liver Transplants in Fiscal Year 2013

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Loyola University Medical Center performed 33 liver transplants in fiscal year 2013, the highest 12-month total in its history.

Loyola’s fiscal year 2013 ended June 30. In calendar year 2013, Loyola is on track to perform 40 to 50 liver transplants.

A newly formed team of liver transplant surgeons and hepatologists is responsible for the increased number of transplants. The team provides comprehensive care to seriously ill patients, including the most complex cases and patients who need retransplants.

Loyola’s dedicated Liver Transplant team is headed by surgeon Amy Lu, MD, division director of Intra-abdominal Transplantation, and hepatologist Jamie Berkes, MD, medical director of Liver Transplantation.

Dr. Lu, one of the top liver transplant surgeons in the country, joined Loyola in February 2011. Dr. Berkes is part of a nationally recognized team of hepatologists (liver specialists) who joined Loyola in August 2012 and opened new clinics. In addition to its main campus in Maywood, Loyola now has Hepatology clinics in Burr Ridge, Elmhurst, Homer Glen, Melrose Park, Park Ridge, Moline, Peoria, Rockford, Chicago’s Chinatown and Chicago’s Dearborn Station.

More than 30 members of Loyola’s multidisciplinary team are specially trained to care for liver transplant patients before, during and after surgery. In addition to surgeons and hepatologists, the team includes interventional radiologists, pre- and post-transplant coordinators, anesthesiologists, operating room nurses, psychologists, social workers, physical therapists, dietitians, clinical pharmacists, chaplains and financial coordinators.

Loyola’s Transfer Center, staffed 24/7 by nurses, assists referring physicians in the timely transfer of seriously ill liver patients to Loyola. (The phone number is 855 4-LOYOLA, or 855-456-9652.)

The previous 12-month record for liver transplants at Loyola was 29 transplants, performed in 2003. In the first six months of 2013 alone, Loyola had performed 25 liver transplants.

Loyola plans to initiate a Living Donor Liver Program, which is expected to further boost its transplant numbers.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the 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 one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.