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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Loyola Physicians Named USA Team Physicians for Summer World University Games

MAYWOOD, Ill. (June 5, 2015)  – Two Loyola University Health System physicians will be official team physicians for the USA at the 2015 summer World University Games (WUG) in Korea.

Jolie C. Holschen, MD, emergency medicine, along with sports medicine physician, Haemi Choi, MD, will travel to Korea and lend their medical expertise to the premier athletic event.

“As a USA team physician, I will utilize my diverse medical training practiced in the Loyola Emergency Department to care for the more than 500 athletes competing in 21 sports,” says Dr. Holschen. “The World University Games are second only to the Olympic Games and the young talent are names we will recognize for a long time to come. As a former collegiate athlete as well as a physician, I can relate to the risks of injury and the desire to remain competitive.” 

The WUG is an international multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The WUG is an international sporting and cultural festival, staged every two years in a different city around the world, representing both winter and summer competitions. 

“The young athletes will be extremely competitive and each will be pushing the limits for team excellence and personal bests,” says Dr. Choi. “As a sports medicine physician, I expect to treat a full range of sports-related injuries including sprains, broken bones, pulled muscles and concussions.”

Drs Holschen and Choi will provide medical care for the USA delegation of athletes and staff. They will also provide onsite medical coverage at sporting events. Both  have provided medical care to athletes at the collegiate, amateur, Olympic and professional levels for more than a decade. 

“I will partner with the American athletes to make sure they are fit to compete throughout the international competition,” says Dr. Holschen. “The desire to win is strong among athletes at this level and the stakes are high.” 

With more than 500 athletes, the 2015 Summer Games in Gwangju City, Korea, will have the largest American team in the history of USA. participation in the Games.  By contrast, the 2013 American team had 400 athletes and staff in Kazan, Russia. 

The USA won a total of 40 medals at the 2013 Kazan Summer Games, finishing 6th in the world. Many now-famous athletes have represented the USA in previous WUG competitions prior to gaining stardom in the Olympics and professional sports.  These include such elite athletes as Michael Johnson (track), Charles Barkley and Larry Bird (men’s basketball), Matt Biondi and Michael Phelps (swimming), and Lisa Leslie (women’s basketball).  

Dr. Holschen is an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Dr. Choi is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, 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. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.