Thursday, September 29, 2011

Renowned CDC Expert to Speak at Loyola during World MRSA Day

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- The Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine will host the 3rd annual World MRSA Day kickoff and Global MRSA Summit at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct.1, in a free, public event.  Dr. William R. Jarvis, world-renowned MRSA expert, formerly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the keynote speaker.

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat staph infections.

The CDC estimates that 18,000 people die of invasive MRSA infections in U.S. health-care facilities each year – more than total annual deaths from HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Jorge Parada, an associate professor of infectious disease at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, will accept the MRSA Survivor Network’s 2011 “Hospital Leader Award” on behalf of Loyola University Medical Center.

"The first step in preventing the spread of any type of infection is awareness of the possibility," said Dr. Parada, medical director of the infection control program at Loyola University Medical Center. “Loyola’s effort to control MRSA has been recognized and lauded at national and international infectious disease meetings.”

Since 2007, Loyola has been among the first hospitals in the nation to initiate several aggressive strategies to detect and reduce MRSA infections, including screening hospital inpatients and offering a MRSA clinic, which is run by Dr. Parada.

The Global MRSA Summit at Loyola will include:

10:30 a.m. – Welcome by event emcee Ron Stafford, anchor for NBC5 and Dateline NBC

Remembrance Ceremony and Chicago Highlanders’ bagpipe music

Opening prayer by Rev. Henry Soles, Chicago Bulls senior chaplain

Moment of Silence for those who have died from MRSA

Dr. William R. Jarvis, MRSA medical expert

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton

Dr. Jorge Parada, Loyola University Chicago and Loyola University Medical Center

Award presentation by Jeanine Thomas, founder of the MRSA Survivors Network

A 30-minute seminar after the ceremony will teach participants how they can become a MRSA Survivors Champion in their community and raise awareness.

The World MRSA Day event will be broadcast live via Web stream and can be viewed at and

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.