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Friday, December 4, 2020

Loyola Medicine Selected as an Illinois Regional Hospital Coordinating Center to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines

Medical professional giving a patient a vaccine shot

MAYWOOD, IL --- Loyola Medicine has been selected as one of 10 regional hospital systems to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations in the State of Illinois. The first vaccines will be directed to the 50 counties with the highest death rates per capita at 10 regional hospital coordinating centers.

Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) will receive vaccines, as they become available, from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), based on community need and disease risk. The first priority (phase one) for vaccine distribution will include critical workforce members who provide health care, staff and residents in long-term care facilities, and critical workforce members who provide essential functions of society. 

Immunization will require two doses, spaced three-to-four weeks apart depending on the specific vaccine. 

Currently, the IDPH has approved vaccination distribution for adults age 18 and older.

Loyola Medicine distribution sites will eventually include Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and other locations. Loyola’s capabilities will expand as the vaccine becomes more widely available to the public. 

“Loyola Medicine has the laboratory and storage capacity and capabilities, as well as the breadth of experience, to oversee this vital function,” said Shawn P. Vincent, president and CEO of Loyola Medicine. “We look forward to working closely with IDPH and the Governor’s office to ensure the safe, timely and appropriate distribution and administration of vaccines in our region.” 

Patients and community members should wait until Loyola’s vaccine centers are open and/or their providers notify them if they are in the phase one category of patients eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, since the delivery date is not set and vaccines have not arrived, Loyola cannot schedule vaccine appointments.

Stay informed about COVID-19 vaccines by visiting Loyola Medicine’s website loyolamedicine.org/coronavirus.

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 92 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 129,000 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.