Loyola Human Research Protection Program Accredited | Loyola Medicine
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Loyola receives full accreditation for its human research protection program

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division has received Full Accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

The independent, nonprofit AAHRPP accredits organizations that conduct or review human research and can demonstrate that their protections exceed the safeguards required by the U.S. government.

To earn AAHRPP accreditation, an organization must demonstrate it has built extensive safeguards into every level of its research operation and adheres to high standards for research. An organization must provide tangible evidence—through policies, procedures, and practices—of its commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement.

AAHRPP accreditation offers assurances to research participants, researchers, sponsors, government regulators, and the general public that a human research protection program is focused first and foremost on excellence. AAHRPP, through accredited research programs worldwide, ensures that all human research participants are respected and protected from unnecessary harm.

Loyola is one of five Illinois centers that have received AAHRPP accreditation.

For more information about AAHRPP accreditation, visit www.aahrpp.org.

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.