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Monday, January 19, 2015

Loyola sports medicine doctors named team physicians of U.S. college hockey teams

Physicians expect to treat collision injuries during Winter World University Games

MAYWOOD, Ill. (Jan. 19, 2015 –  Two Loyola University Health System sports medicine physicians will be official team physicians for the men's and women's hockey teams during the 2015 Winter World University Games Feb. 4 – 14 in Granada, Spain.

The University Games is the largest global winter multi-sports event for student athletes. Among all winter competitions, only the winter Olympics has more events and athletes.

Haemi Choi, MD, will be team physician for the Women's National University Hockey Team and Douglas Evans, MD, will care for the Men's National University Hockey Team. Dr. Evans and Dr. Choi also served as hockey team physicians during the 2013 University Games in Italy, and Dr. Evans served as team physician for both the men's and women's teams during the 2011 University Games in Turkey.

"It's a great event, and our student athletes are wonderful ambassadors for their country," Dr. Evans said. "Plus, the level of competition is fantastic."

Dr. Choi said she and Dr. Evans will bring Loyola medical and surgical expertise to the frontlines of competitive hockey. "We look forward to providing care to ensure the team is physically equipped to meet the challenges of the Winter Games."

Dr. Evans and Dr. Choi said hockey injuries they may be called upon to treat include concussions, lacerations, shoulder problems, sprains and strains. They also will help provide medical care to athletes in other competitions.

More than 2,500 participants from more than 50 countries will compete in hockey, Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, biathlon, snowboarding, curling and skating events.

Dr. Evans is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation 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 92 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 129,000 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.