Monday, June 25, 2012

Loyola Trauma Doctor Appointed to National Advisory Council

MAYWOOD, Ill. - The U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has appointed Thomas Esposito, MD, MPH, chief of the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns in the Department of Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center, to a two-year term on the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC).

NEMSAC serves as an advisory body to the U.S. Department of Transportation and is responsible for providing advice and making consensus recommendations about the department’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) activities and the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS).

“I am honored by the appointment and look forward to serving on this important council,” Esposito said. “It is a wonderful opportunity to actively contribute to the health and well-being of U.S citizens on behalf of trauma surgeons across the country."

Dr. Esposito’s appointment runs from June 13, 2012, through 2014.

The NEMSAC mission is to support, promote and advance the leadership of EMS-response entities and to advocate for the EMS profession. NEMSAC serves as an advisory body to the U.S. Department of Transportation and comprises appointees from across emergency medical services and the public they serve.

Dr. Esposito also is a member of the National Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons and is a consultant to several state health departments on Trauma and EMS issues. He also has been the recipient of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Public Service Award.

As a Level 1 trauma center, Loyola  is equipped to provide comprehensive emergency medical services using multidisciplinary treatment and specialized resources to patients suffering traumatic injuries, such as car and motorcycle crashes, stabbings, athletic injuries and falls.

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 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 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 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.