July 27, 2010

World Class Academic Cancer Care Comes to Gottlieb Memorial Hospital

Gottlieb's Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center Now Part of Loyola

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Cancer patients at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center, located on the Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus, are now being seen by Loyola University Health System physicians.

Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center offers patients the convenience of a community hospital and the expertise of a world-class university hospital.

"This partnership symbolizes the best of what Gottlieb and Loyola can achieve together," said Trisha Cassidy, president of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. "Our patients will remain in the community and will be treated by physicians who are on the staff at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. But they also will have seamless access to the cutting-edge clinical research trials and subspecialty care available at Loyola's Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center."

Dr. Patrick Stiff, director of Loyola's Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, is the new Chairman of Oncology at Gottlieb. Dr. David Rosi, Medical Director of the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center, now is also a full-time faculty member of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Rosi will be joined by two other Loyola faculty members, Dr. Danielle Shafer and Dr. Elise Anderes. Gottlieb physicians Dr. Manatosh Banerji and Dr. Ryan Engel will remain in the Weinberg center on a part-time basis and be part-time faculty members at Loyola.

In coming months, patients at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center will have access to a full spectrum of Loyola cancer clinical trials. Loyola is a member of the Southwest Oncology Group, one of the largest cancer clinical research co-operatives in the United States. The Southwest Oncology Group, funded largely by the National Cancer Institute, conducts clinical trials to prevent and treat cancer and to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors.

The center is named after the late Marjorie G. Weinberg, a long-time supporter of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. She was the daughter of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital founders David and Dorothy Gottlieb, and mother of Jack Weinberg, chairman of the Gottlieb Memorial Foundation. Jack Weinberg also is a member of the Loyola University Health System board of directors and the recent recipient of Loyola's President's Medal for Distinguished Service.

"My mother would have been so proud that the cancer center that honors her is now part of Loyola," Weinberg said.

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.