Loyola University Health System Primary Care Network Receives Top Honor from Blue Cross and Blue Shield
MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Health System primary care physicians recently received a Blue Ribbon rating from Blue Cross and Blue Shield. This honor is given to physicians who have received a satisfaction rate of 85 percent or higher based on a member survey.
“It is wonderful to get this affirmation from our patients and to know our hard work and the compassionate care our doctors give is recognized,” said Dr. Keith Veselik, medical director of primary care at Loyola University Health System.
In addition, a Blue Star is given when physicians meet or exceed the target care goal in nine categories. Loyola primary care physicians received nine out of nine stars for excellence in asthma care, diabetes care, mental health follow-up, childhood immunization, breast cancer screening, influenza vaccination, management of cardiovascular conditions, controlling high blood pressure and colorectal cancer screening.
“These nine areas are very important, but there are over 100 more that could be used as quality measurements. Our goal is to be excellent in providing care in all areas to our patients and I think we’re doing a great job,” said Veselik.
With an increasingly complex and confusing medical system, it is all the more important to have a primary care physician you can trust.
“You want a doctor who knows you and knows the specialists.
He or she can help you get the care you need from the right person, at the right place and right time,” said Veselik.
Though not as evident as not smoking, eating well or exercise, a relationship with a primary care physician is an indicator of health. If a person has a regular primary care provider he or she is more likely to have a healthier life in older years.
“We have a large network of highly qualified, compassionate doctors in neighborhoods across the Chicago area. When you come to Loyola for primary care you know you’re getting a physician who is capable, caring and accessible,” said Veselik. “Being a part of an academic health system we work closely with some of the nation’s top specialists which allows our patients access to continued top-quality care. We also are there to personally help them understand the system and guide them through their medical journey.”
Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member 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. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola University Hospital, is a 569-licensed-bed facility. It 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 264-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.