Thursday, August 23, 2012

Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Awarded Grants for School-Based Health Center

Grants support adolescent health care and health education

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing recently received two grants to support the School-Based Health Center (SBHC) at Proviso East High School in Maywood.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nurse Education, Practice and Retention (HRSA Grant #D11HP14610) program presented the school with $273,064. This funding is part of a five-year grant of more than $1.3 million awarded to MNSON to educate the primary health-care workforce of the future. The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) also awarded the School of Nursing $122,000 to continue to operate SBHC.

This year SBHC celebrated its 10th anniversary. “These grants will allow us to continue to fulfill Loyola’s mission to provide needed health-care services and health education for underserved populations,” said Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Dean Vicki Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP. “The School-Based Health Center provides valuable services, which help keep students healthy, so they can thrive both inside and outside of the classroom."

Loyola has provided primary health care, screenings, health education, nutrition counseling and mental health services for high school students at SBHC for more than a decade. The center also delivers school physicals, immunizations and health education to elementary school students in District 89 and provides outreach to the Maywood community.

SBHC is staffed by Loyola faculty, nurse practitioners, primary-care physicians, registered dietitians and a social worker who offer a variety of primary health care and health promotion services. SBHC also serves as a multidisciplinary clinical site for Loyola undergraduate and graduate nursing, dietetic, public health, health-care administration and medical students. The center is fully accredited by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

“We are proud of the work we have done to promote healthy living among young people and to encourage future health-care providers to understand the needs of culturally diverse communities,” said Diana Hackbarth, RN, PhD, FAAN, project director, School-Based Health Center, and professor, MNSON. “This funding will allow us to continue to help this community to live healthier lives.”

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.