Friday, August 24, 2012

Loyola to Welcome Students to New School of Nursing Building

First day of classes to start Monday

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Construction crews have been putting the finishing touches on Loyola University Chicago’s new Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing building in preparation for the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 27, in Maywood.

Classes will begin at 9 a.m., and a reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. following a Mass and a faculty convocation. A formal blessing and dedication also will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in the new building.

The 58,222-square-foot facility is connected to the Stritch School of Medicine Cuneo Center, and represents Loyola University Chicago’s commitment to interprofessional education and research.

This state-of-the art facility houses the new Walgreen Family Virtual Hospital, which includes a clinical simulation lab and a home-care environment where nursing, medical and allied health students can learn together. The building also includes a 165-seat lecture hall, classrooms, group study rooms, conference rooms, faculty offices, a light-filled atrium and a café. This space also includes the Galante Information Commons, an integrated learning environment featuring an electronic health sciences library.

Work also has been done on the lower level of the Stritch School of Medicine to complete a new simulation, education and advanced procedures performance assessment center. Students from various disciplines will work together to replicate patient-care scenarios. This will allow students to hone their technical, communication, critical-thinking and decision-making skills under the supervision of experienced professionals. 

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.