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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Loyola sports medicine doctor is team physician for international youth hockey tournament

Douglas Evans, MD

MAYWOOD, Ill. –  Loyola University Medical Center sports medicine physician Douglas Evans, MD is serving as team physician for the American team in an international hockey tournament in Slovakia.

Dr. Evans is rink side as the USA Hockey National Team Development Program’s Under 17 team competes in the Four Nations Tournament Dec. 15-20. The USA Under 17 team is playing  Russia, Slovakia and Switzerland in tournament pool play.

“It’s an honor to be chosen to care for these athletes,” Dr. Evans said. “These are the most promising American hockey players of their age, and watching them compete in international competition against the best from these other countries will be really exciting.”

Dr. Evans said common hockey injuries include concussions, lacerations, shoulder dislocations, contusions, sprains and strains.

The National Team Development Program (NTDP) prepares student athletes under age 18 for U.S. national teams and subsequent hockey careers. Many players go on to play for the U.S. Olympics team and in the NHL. Sixty-seven former NTDP participants now are playing on 27 NHL teams, including such stars as Patrick Kane, Brandon Saad and Phil Kessel.

Dr. Evans also served as team physician for the U.S. delegation during the World University Games in Spain in 2015, Italy in 2013 and Turkey in 2011. He played varsity hockey in college and continues to play and coach hockey.

Dr. Evans is an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist. He is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation 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.