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Friday, January 13, 2017

Two Loyola Doctors are Team Physicians for USA Hockey at World University Games

Hockey players on ice.

MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine sports medicine physicians Douglas Evans, MD, and Haemi Choi, MD, have been named official team physicians for USA Hockey’s men’s and women’s teams at the Winter World University Games January 28 to February 8 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Dr. Choi will be team doctor for the women’s hockey team and Dr. Evans will care for the men’s hockey team. Dr. Choi, a family physician, and Dr. Evans, an orthopaedic surgeon, both specialize in treating sports injuries.

“Dr. Evans and I will be able to bring Loyola surgical and medical expertise to the frontlines of competitive hockey,” Dr. Choi said. “We look forward to helping ensure the U.S. teams are healthy and prepared to meet the challenges of the Winter Games.”

Dr. Evans said he and Dr. Choi are prepared to treat injuries including concussions, lacerations and shoulder problems. “Hockey is an extremely physical sport, so we expect to be busy treating all types of collision injuries throughout the games,” Dr. Evans said.

Drs. Evans and Choi said they look forward to the opportunity to care for elite athletes and to represent their country on an international stage. “This event also is a wonderful opportunity to interact with other sports medicine physicians from around the world,” Dr. Evans said.

The World University Games is the largest winter multi-sports event for student athletes. It draws more than 2,500 participants from more than 50 countries. The U.S. hockey teams include elite players from college hockey teams affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

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.