Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Loyola University Medical Center Among Top Hospitals in Country in Patient Safety

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Medical Center ranks among the top major teaching hospitals in patient safety, according to new rankings from Thomson Reuters. Between 2005 and 2009, Loyola's rate of improvement in patient safety placed it in the 94th percentile among 179 major teaching hospitals, according to Thomson Reuters' new 2011 hospital benchmarks report. Thomson Reuters produces reports to help organizations improve performance and manage costs. "Patient safety has become an increasingly important measure of hospital quality," the Thomson Reuters report said. Patient safety measures reflect "both clinical quality and the effectiveness of systems within the hospital." Thomson Reuters used data from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to rank hospitals in eight patient safety indicators: postoperative sepsis (infection); reopening of surgical wounds; postoperative respiratory failure; postoperative physiologic and metabolic derangements; postoperative hemorrhage or hematoma; selected infections due to medical care; death among patients with serious, treatable conditions; and iatrogenic pneumothorax (respiratory complication caused by a medical procedure). In 2009, Loyola was in the 79th percentile in patient safety performance among major teaching hospitals. Unlike many other hospitals, physicians who practice at Loyola University Hospital are employees of the health system, not of an independent physician practice group. "Our integrated structure makes it much easier to adopt patient safety practices using the latest evidence-based guidelines," said Dr. Robert A. Cherry, Loyola University Health System chief medical officer and vice president of clinical effectiveness. "Physicians, nurses and administrators all work together to provide the best quality care for our patients."

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.