Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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

Grants to support adolescent health education and services

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, Ill. Loyola faculty and students have provided health promotion, screening and primary health-care services for high school students at the SBHC for more than 10 years.

“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 Diana Hackbarth, RN, PhD, FAAN, project director, School-based Health Center, and professor, MNSON. “The School-based Health Center provides valuable resources, which will help students continue to thrive both inside and outside of the classroom.”

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) awarded the school $123,000. The SBHC is one of 42 in Illinois to receive support from IDHS. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nurse Education Practice and Retention program also presented the school with $297,280. The HRSA funding is part of a five-year grant of more than $1.3 million awarded to the school of nursing to help educate the primary health-care workforce of the future.

The SBHC is staffed by Loyola faculty, nurse practitioners, primary care physicians, registered dietitians and a social worker who provide primary health care, mental health services, dental care, nutrition counseling and a variety of innovative health promotion interventions. The SBHC also serves as a clinical site for Loyola undergraduate and graduate nursing students, dietetic interns, medical students and residents and is fully accredited by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

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.