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Published on September 30, 2015

Palos, Loyola Affiliation brings New Cancer Center, Telestroke Program to South Suburbs

Palos Community Hospital and
Loyola University Health
System are launching two
initiatives as part of their

As part of the mission to expand access to top-rated medical programs in the south suburbs, Palos Health and Loyola University Health System announce a new and innovative telemedicine program and a new cancer treatment center at Palos.

On Oct. 15, Palos and Loyola launched a telestroke program that brings the expertise of Loyola stroke specialists to the patient’s bedside at Palos Hospital. Construction of the cancer treatment center, to be located in the Palos Health South Campus at 15300 West Ave. on the Hospital’s south campus, will be completed Nov. 1.

The stroke and cancer programs are among several initial patient-care initiatives stemming from an innovative affiliation between Palos and Loyola that was announced last April. The affiliation focuses on coordinated and collaborative patient care. Palos patients receive greater access to Loyola’s renowned specialty care services, while having continued access to Palos’ primary care network.

“Rather than asking patients to travel to us, we will come to them,” said Daniel J. Post, Loyola’s executive vice president for Network Development and System Integration.

Loyola neurologists who specialize in stroke care will be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Working in close collaboration with Palos physicians and nurses, Loyola’s stroke specialists will use a telemedicine robot to conduct patient exams remotely, in real time.

The robot is equipped with a microphone and a full-color, high-definition camera. The robot can instantly transmit electronic medical records, lab results and images such as CT scans over a secure, high-speed internet connection. Working from a different location, the Loyola neurologist can see, hear and talk to the patient and the patient's family, doctors and nurses.

When necessary, patients will also have the option to transfer to Loyola’s facilities for surgery or other advanced care.

At the cancer center, Loyola medical oncologists and specially trained oncology infusion nurses will administer chemotherapy.  Depending on the patient, chemotherapy is used to control the spread of cancer; cure cancer; destroy cancer cells that remain after surgery; reduce cancer symptoms; or shrink a tumor before cancer surgery.

“Palos Health is working with Loyola University Medical Center to bring university oncology expertise to our south campus in Orland Park,” explained Terrence Moisan, M.D., President and CEO of Palos. “Our affiliation with Loyola means patients may receive specialized cancer care from a leading academic medical center close to home.”

As an academic medical center, Loyola can offer patients the opportunity to enroll in clinical trials of experimental new drugs that are not available at most hospitals. These new treatments potentially can reduce side effects, prolong remissions, and in some cases cure cancers.

Loyola is nationally recognized for its expert team of specially trained oncologists who come from a wide variety of specialties. Loyola recently received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Loyola is one of only five healthcare facilities in Illinois and 75 in the U.S. to receive the national honor for surveys performed last year.

Palos has been granted the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award as a result of nationwide surveys performed in 2011 and 2014. Palos’ Oncology unit provides care and services for patients experiencing various stages of cancer, from diagnosis through surgery and chemotherapy.

Palos recently invested in a state-of-the-art medical records program that is compatible with the system used by Loyola, making it easier for clinicians to access medical records across both systems.

Loyola ranks among the top three Illinois hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospitals rankings. Loyola’s cancer and neurology programs are rated High Performing.

The American Stroke Association has awarded Loyola its Gold Performance Achievement Award for implementing a higher standard of stroke Care. Loyola’s Stroke Center also has received the Gold Seal of Approval® for stroke care from the Joint Commission.

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. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago 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 the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC 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 84 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 89,000 employees.

About Palos Health

With 425 licensed beds and nearly 600 affiliated physicians, Palos Hospital located in Palos Heights, IL, 22 miles from downtown Chicago, serves the southwest Chicago suburbs. Heart care, orthopaedics, cancer care and general surgery are just a few of the services for which Palos Health is recognized. In 2013, Palos Community Hospital opened the Hospitaller Pavilion featuring 14 state-of-the-art surgical suites, the area’s only hybrid operating room and the innovative Center for Short Stay Care. Palos Health operates two satellite facilities, the Palos Health South Campus in Orland Park and the Palos Women’s Center in Tinley Park as well as one of the largest home health agencies in Illinois. Palos Medical Group is part of Palos Health serving nearly 40,000 patients annually.