Loyola University Medical Center - 100 Great Hospitals in America | 2014

Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, Ill.). Founded in 1969, Loyola University Medical Center is a teaching hospital 13 miles west of downtown Chicago that is anchored by the Catholic Jesuit promise to not only treat illnesses, but the whole person — "mind, body and spirit." 

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Affiliated with Loyola University's Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, Loyola University Medical Center contains 801 beds between its various facilities, which include the Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital, a burn center, Level 1 trauma center, a center for heart and vascular medicine and the Cardinal Bernadin Cancer Center, named for the late Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago, Joseph Louis Bernardin, who was a patient at the cancer center when he died in 1996 from metastatic pancreatic cancer. The medical campus is anchored by the 559-bed Loyola Hospital.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Loyola University Medical Center as the No. 3 hospital in Illinois and one of the top 20 hospitals in the United States for cardiology and heart surgery. The hospital is Magnet-designated for nursing excellence and also received Healthgrades' 2014 Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award. In 2014, Loyola University Medical Center became the first hospital in Illinois to use a new MRI-ultrasound imaging system that can result in fewer biopsies and better treatment decisions for prostate cancer patients. It was also the first hospital in the state to offer a newly approved artificial aortic heart valve that does not require open-heart surgery.

Loyola University Medical Center is evidently distinguished for clinical care, but also works for broader gains for patients and providers. Three years ago, the academic medical center launched a health services research program to study how providers can better care for patients at lower costs. 

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