Friday, November 20, 2009

Loyola's Report Card from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health

On Nov. 19, 2009, the Illinois Department of Public Health released the Illinois Hospital Report Card on its Web site.

These are among the Report Card's major findings about Loyola University Medical Center:

-- 71 percent of Loyola patients say they would definitely recommend the hospital to friends and family. The Illinois state average is 65 percent.

-- Loyola used recommended treatments 96.3 percent of the time for heart attack care and 97.6 percent of the time for heart failure care. These rates are higher than state and national averages. Loyola used recommended treatments 88.3 percent of the time for pneumonia care. We have implemented new processes for pneumonia and influenza vaccinations for patients, with recently improved results.

-- On surgical care safety measures, the percentage of Loyola patients receiving recommended medicines at the right time ranged from 96 percent to 100 percent.

-- It should be noted that patient safety and mortality measures in the Report Card have not been adjusted for individual patient risk of mortality or severity of illness. Rates should not be used to compare hospitals. As an academic medical center, Loyola treats sicker and more challenging patients who are referred to us from other hospitals.

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.