Loyola Named to PFF Care Center Network
Friday, May 25, 2018

Loyola Named to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Care Center Network

MAYWOOD, IL – The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation has added Loyola University Medical Center to its Care Center Network of centers with expertise in accurately diagnosing and treating patients with pulmonary fibrosis.

Loyola is among 60 centers in 30 states that are part of the network.

The application to join the network was spearheaded by pulmonologist Bradford Bemiss, MD, who treats pulmonary fibrosis patients at Loyola along with care center director Daniel Dilling, MD.

"We are honored to be recognized by the Care Center Network," Dr. Bemiss said. "The network is a key resource for patients and referring physicians seeking excellence in clinical care, research, education and patient outreach."

Dr. Dilling said Loyola's application to become part of the Care Center Network was strengthened by its large volume of pulmonary fibrosis patients, participation in multiple clinical trials and operation of the largest lung transplant program in Illinois. "We also offer a warm reception and experience for patients and their families," Dr. Dilling said.
 
More than 200,000 Americans are living with pulmonary fibrosis, a deadly and complex disease that causes progressive scarring in the lungs. Pulmonary fibrosis causes more than 40,000 deaths annually, and 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
 
Loyola provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care and offers pulmonary fibrosis patients access to clinical trials of new therapies. Loyola also offers lung transplantation to patients with end-stage pulmonary fibrosis.  Loyola has performed more than 900 transplants – more than all other Illinois centers combined.

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation mobilizes people and resources to provide access to high quality care and leads research for a cure. The foundation collaborates with physicians, organizations, patients and caregivers worldwide.

In addition to pulmonary fibrosis, Loyola provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for other advanced and rare lung diseases, including cystic fibrosis, lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), alpha-antitrypsin deficiency, sarcoidosis, Sjögren's syndrome and Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome.

Loyola also is recognized as a center of excellence by the Cystic Fibrosis FoundationLAM FoundationAlpha-1 Foundation and Rare Lung Diseases Consortium.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, 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. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.