Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Loyola Recognized as Level I Trauma Center by American College of Surgeons

Verification distinguishes medical center as the only Illinois trauma center with such status

MAYWOOD, Ill. - If you suffer a serious, life-threatening injury in Illinois, there is only one hospital where your chances of getting all of the specialty care available on a moment's notice has been verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) - Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

Loyola stands alone in the state, and as one of the few hospitals in the nation, as having all of the comprehensive trauma services needed to save your life in case of serious injury, no matter the day, no matter the time, according to the ACS, which recently verified Loyola as a Level I trauma center. The ACS, a respected professional organization, has established national guidelines for trauma care in the United States.

To achieve this status, Loyola had to demonstrate to the ACS that it has the resources - trauma surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, neurosurgeons, orthopedists, plastic surgeons, radiologists, anesthesiologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, chaplains, pharmacists, clinical dieticians, operating rooms, CT Scanners, etc. - available around-the-clock, everyday, to take care of patients with the severest of injuries."

"But it's not just about the personnel and equipment - it's about their specialized devotion to trauma patient care and how they fit together and work as a team functioning in a systematic way." said Dr. Thomas Esposito, professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns in the Department of Surgery at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood. "Even more importantly, it's about how we continually monitor our performance and look for ways to improve it. That's what the site reviewers from the ACS really hone in on and base their decisions upon." Esposito led the Loyola team that prepared for the site visit.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, 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 a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.