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Friday, December 23, 2016

Wayne H. Franklin, MD, Joins Loyola as Head of Pediatric Cardiology

Wayne H. Franklin, MD

MAYWOOD, IL – Wayne H. Franklin, MD, MPH, MMM, a specialist in heart disease in children, has joined Loyola Medicine as head of pediatric cardiology.

Dr. Franklin, a professor in the department of pediatrics and in the division of cardiology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, treats all types of heart disease in children. He has advanced training in electrophysiology, the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms including palpitations, fainting and heartbeats that are too fast or too slow.

Congenital heart defects are the most common category of birth defects, affecting about one percent of newborns. Common defects include holes in the heart and misplaced, malformed and/or missing valves, vessels and heart chambers. Heart disease also can develop during childhood from causes such as viral infections or from complications of other conditions such as lupus.

Due to advancements in surgical techniques and medical care, even children with very complex forms of congenital heart disease typically now survive well into adulthood, with improved quality of life. There now are more adults with congenital heart disease than children, and Dr. Franklin continues to treat pediatric patients after they become adults.

Dr. Franklin enjoys treating children and working with their parents. “Children are incredibly resilient. It’s wonderful to see how quickly they come back,” he said. “And their parents are terrific.”

Dr. Franklin has had a distinguished career in academic medicine. Before joining Loyola, Dr. Franklin had positions at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Nemours Cardiac Center at duPont Hospital for Children and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Franklin, of Oak Park, earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He did additional training in electrophysiology at Ohio State University and Lurie Children’s Hospital. Dr. Franklin also has earned two master’s degrees, in public health and medical management.

Dr. Franklin is chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology.

In addition to treating patients at Loyola University Medical Center and Center for Heart and Vascular Medicine, Dr. Franklin sees patients at the Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood and the Loyola centers for health in Homer Glen and Park Ridge.

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.