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Friday, December 4, 2020

Loyola Medicine Joins Top U.S. Hospitals and Health Systems to Promote National #MaskUp Campaign

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MAYWOOD, IL—Loyola Medicine hospitals and members of Trinity Health—Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and MacNeal Hospital— have joined more than 100 health care systems throughout the U.S to promote the new #MaskUp campaign.

More than 11.5 million Americans have tested positive for the coronavirus – including an additional one million last week– leading to nearly 250,000 deaths. In Illinois, the number of COVID-19 cases has risen to more than 656,000, and there have been nearly 12,000 deaths.

“The next several months are critical to slowing this current surge of COVID-19 cases, which threatens to overwhelm the nation’s health care system,” said Shawn P. Vincent, president and CEO of Loyola Medicine. “Loyola Medicine is pleased to join the #MaskUp campaign, and to support mask wearing as an easy, effective way to minimize the spread of this deadly virus.”

The #MaskUp campaign consists of public service messages that appeared in national publications, beginning last week, with the message: “As the top nationally ranked hospitals, we know it’s tough that we all need to do our part and keep wearing masks. But, here’s what we also know: The science has not changed. Masks slow the spread of COVID-19. So, please join us as we all embrace this simple ask: Wear. Care. Share with #MaskUp. Together, wearing is caring. And together, we are saving lives.”

Hospitals and health care system are amplifying the #MaskUp message on social media, websites and other digital platforms.

For more information about the #MaskUp campaign, visit everymaskup.com. For more information about Loyola Medicine, visit loyolamedicine.org, or call 888-584-7888.

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.