Sunday, December 2, 2012

Loyola Pioneers a 'New Version of House Calls'

Forms New Type of Partnership with Referring Physicians

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Loyola is forming a new type of partnership with referring physicians, and patients are the big winners.

Loyola subspecialists, including pediatric cardiologists, heart failure specialists, hepatologists, pediatric oncologists and neurologists are now renting space in referring physicians' offices ranging from Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood to downstate Moline.

Rather than the patient traveling to Loyola's main campus or to an ambulatory location, Loyola physicians are going to the patient's doctor's office. For a day or so each month, the Loyola specialist sees patients in what effectively is an office within an office.

"This is a new version of house calls," said Robert Cherry, MD, Loyola's chief medical officer.

Pediatric cardiologist Joel Hardin, MD, is partnering with primary-care physicians at several locations, including Elk Grove Village, Elgin and Kankakee.

"We are consultants to primary-care physicians at all times," Dr. Hardin said. "We never assume primary care of patients, and we never divert patients from the primary-care physician's practice."

Dr. Hardin added that the partnerships provide significant benefits to patients. "And when you please the patient, you please the primary-care physician."
Other Loyola subspecialists who are partnering with primary-care practices include:

Scott Cotler, MD, hepatology: Moline, Rockford, Peoria, Chinatown and the Dearborn Station in downtown Chicago (The Rockford and Peoria hepatology sites are in outpatient centers attached to local hospitals.)

Charles Hemenway, MD, pediatric hematology/oncology: Hoffman Estates

Alain Heroux, MD, heart failure: Rockford, Elgin

Marc Levine, MD, pediatric cardiology: Hoffman Estates

José Biller, MD, neurology: Elk Grove Village

Loyola's partnership with referring physicians has been developing since the mid-1990s. Loyola began by opening suburban offices, which evolved into multispecialty centers. Among the most recent examples is the Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge, which provides specialty care in orthopaedics, neurology/neurological surgery and more than 30 other specialties.

Daniel Post, Loyola's senior vice president for Clinical Programs and Practice Development said Loyola values its relationships with referring physicians and is reaching out to establish additional partnerships in creative, new ways.

"Providing convenient access to our physicians and collaborating with our referring physicians is critical to our future," Post said.

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.