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Monday, March 15, 2021

LUMC Received Association of PeriOperative Nurses Go Clear Award – Gold Recognition Level

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MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) has received the Association of PeriOperative Nurses (AORN) Go Clear Award – Gold Recognition Level. LUMC is the first in the Chicago area and fourth in the state of Illinois to achieve this recognition.

The AORN Go Clear Award program is a comprehensive surgical smoke-free recognition program to ensure a smoke-free environment wherever surgical smoke is generated (from laser devices and electrical surgical units used in operating rooms) to protect patient and worker safety. Components of the program include testing, interprofessional education, gap analysis and compliance monitoring.

"This achievement is especially significant to LUMC as it was a nurse-driven initiative supported by our surgeons and anesthesia teams," said Timothy M. Carrigan, PhD, RN, chief nursing officer for LUMC. "We are very proud of each team's attention to creating a safe work environment in our operating rooms."

Gold recognition is awarded to institutions meeting 90% compliance with surgical smoke evacuation, and we are proud to report that Loyola is at 95% compliance. This initiative was born from the OR Best Practice and OR Safety Committees in late 2019 and fully implemented mid-2020. 

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 94 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 133,000 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.