Wednesday, April 6, 2011

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Loyola's Graduate Nursing Among Top 50 Nationwide

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- U.S. News & World Report has ranked Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing’s graduate program in the top 50 nationwide. “The school is honored to be recognized for the high-caliber education we offer students,” said Vicki A. Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP, dean, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. “Our students should feel confident knowing they are receiving world-class preparation that fully equips them to meet the challenges of the profession.” U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools 2012 article is available online at Highlights of the rankings will be featured in the print edition, which is available on newsstands this week.

U.S. News surveyed 467 graduate schools of nursing for this list. All rankings were based on the results of peer-assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators and faculty at accredited schools. The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing was founded in 1935 as the first baccalaureate nursing program in Illinois. Today, the school is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Top-rated programs are offered at all levels. These include undergraduate, graduate and doctoral nursing programs, health systems management, dietetic internship and dietetic master’s programs as well as certificate courses for professional nurses. Loyola University Chicago will break ground on a new Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing building and Center for Collaborative Learning on the Loyola University Health System campus in Maywood. This event will take place from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the health sciences campus at 2160 S. First Ave. “This building will mark our commitment to a collaborative educational experience for nursing, medical and allied health professionals,” Dean Keough said. “This is a progressive approach to education, which will better prepare our students for leadership roles within the health-care team and also give them the knowledge and skills to meet the clinical challenges of the future.”

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.