Tuesday, May 20, 2008

State Approves Loyola University Health System's Plan To Assume Governance of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital

Loyola University Hospital at Gottlieb to Offer Expanded Services

May 20, 2008--Loyola University Health System has received the go-ahead from the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board to make Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park part of the Loyola health system on July 1, 2008.

"This is a great day for Loyola, for Gottlieb and for the families in the communities we serve," said Paul K. Whelton, MB, MD, MSc, president and CEO of Loyola University Health System. "This agreement brings together two well-respected institutions that together will elevate the level of care in Chicago's western suburbs to a new standard."

Once the agreement is signed, the Gottlieb campus will be known as Loyola University Health System at Gottlieb.

"We are very excited about the progress made in this tremendous partnership between Gottlieb and Loyola," said Gottlieb Memorial Hospital board chairman Jack Weinberg. "The new, combined resources will bring meaningful enhancements to the quality of care, and result in the creation of a foundation to further support the health and wellness of our community." Gottlieb Memorial Hospital will remain a full-service, community hospital under the terms of the agreement. Loyola University Health System's Board of Directors will assume governance of all Gottlieb entities, including the 250-bed hospital, the Gottlieb Health & Fitness Center and the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Care Center, all located on the Melrose Park campus. These facilities are all currently part of parent company Gottlieb Health Resources. The two hospitals' medical staffs will remain separate and there are no plans to eliminate positions at either facility as a result of this transaction.

"We appreciate the support of the state and many community leaders as we work with Loyola to do more for the thousands who turn to us for care," said John Morgan, president of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. "Our organizations clearly complement each other, and this agreement between Loyola and Gottlieb creates a health care system greater than the sum of its parts."

Loyola University Health System, headquartered in Maywood, has grown significantly in recent years. This successful agreement will help to launch further system growth that is central to Loyola's 10-year strategic plan. Bringing Gottlieb into the system will help address critical capacity issues for the 570-licensed bed Loyola University Hospital and associated outpatient clinics throughout the western suburbs.

This agreement will allow patients at Gottlieb to participate in research at Loyola and access the leading-edge care that is the hallmark of a world-class academic medical center.

Loyola will relocate most of its general obstetrics and general gynecology services and its orthopaedic joint program to its Gottlieb campus. Renovation of Gottlieb's five labor and delivery rooms is now complete and work is continuing to update its post-partum and post-op gynecology units with décor and finishes that harmonize with Loyola's newly opened patient tower. A remodeled unit for orthopaedic and joint-replacement patients includes 21 private patient rooms.

The approved transaction calls for Gottlieb to provide $15 million from its assets for future operating capital and $75 million to create the Gottlieb Memorial Foundation, a charitable organization created primarily to support future health initiatives at Gottlieb.

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.