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Our Jesuit Philosophy

Following in the footsteps of Ignatius Loyola, we strive to uphold our traditional Jesuit values.

The Jesuit Difference

Loyola University Health System is an academic medical center with a network of ambulatory care sites. Faith and spirituality are the foundations of the care we give to our patients and their families, as well as the Jesuit medical and nursing education we provide to our students.
“I was ill and you cared for me.” This iconic phrase from the Gospel of Matthew (25:36) expresses the commitment of Stritch faculty, staff and, indeed, everyone involved in the Loyola clinical and research enterprise. We believe that our Catholic heritage and Jesuit traditions of ethical behavior, academic distinction and scientific research lead to new knowledge and advance our healing mission in the many communities we serve.

Care, concern and respect for others

The Loyola University Health System promise, “We also treat the human spirit,” encapsulates Loyola's Catholic-Jesuit, ethical and spiritual values. These values of care, concern, commitment and respect for others suggest the spirit of generous excellence in which we believe our ministry should be carried forward. These key values form the heart of our Catholic identity and Jesuit mission.
Each of our more than 6,000 employees embrace these values and work to fulfill our promise by fostering an environment that encourages innovation, embraces diversity, respects life and values human dignity. Following in the footsteps of Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits and great patron of Loyola University Chicago and our health system, we work actively at finding God in all the realities of our professional service and daily living.

A home for all faiths

It is out of the best of our Roman Catholic tradition that we understand Loyola University Health System as a “home for all faiths,” as well as a place of welcome for those with no particular faith tradition. Like the prayers of the Roman soldier from Matthew’s Gospel (8:8), this, too, is our prayer for patients and families as they come to Loyola for treatment. We are all in the hands of God, however we name this reality in our lives. We pray that God’s healing presence and peace be with all those who come to Loyola University Health System.