Mark E. Cichon, DO, FACOEP, FACEP
On behalf of the men and women of the Loyola Emergency Medical Services System, I would like to welcome you to our website. Hopefully, you will find this site to be a valuable resource for finding information about our System, and the many roles we see ourselves performing within the various communities we serve.

The Loyola EMS System is about to celebrate its 35th anniversary. We began as one of the three original medical resource centers designated by the State of Illinois, and have grown over the years into a multifaceted, dynamic healthcare provider. The last 35 years has seen an explosion in the scope-of-practice and education within the emergency medical services profession. This is why, today, the Loyola EMS System provides education in numerous areas – EMT-Basic, EMT-Paramedic, Emergency Communications Registered Nurse, Critical Care Paramedic, ACLS, ITLS, PEPP, National Review, and Preceptor Workshops. All of these courses and others are designated to meet the needs of our EMS providers, and to bring the best possible care into the many communities that we serve.

Through the years we have also partnered with the Illinois Department of Public Health to improve the care of pediatric patients throughout the state with the Emergency Medical Services for Children program. This program has demonstrated statistical improvements in institutions that have undergone the facility recognition process through the EMSC grants.

In addition to the work in education, our system has developed an active research program in emergency medical services having performed the controversial, yet breakthrough artificial blood study in the past several years as well as active research in improving care for asthma and preshospital 12-lead EKGs.

Our hopes to improve educational opportunities for students going through our basic and paramedic program has led to affiliations to allow providers accredited college credit courses that they can then use to pursue advanced degrees in both bachelor of science or even a masters in disaster preparedness and emergency management. Region wide, Loyola EMS has been active in the leadership of the regional disaster preparedness programs serving as the POD hospital.

As part of a designated resource hospital, the Loyola EMS System works hard to collaborate closely, not only with our own emergency department staff but also with our colleagues at other associate hospitals: Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Hinsdale Hospital, LaGrange Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital, Rush Oak Park Hospital, Westlake Hospital and West Surburban Medical Center. Along with these associates and the other EMS Systems in Region 8, we serve multiple roles, including ongoing Standard Operating Procedure reviews, providing online and offline medical control, and coordinating with the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Many of the services and opportunities offered here at Loyola EMS have been undertaken as a direct result of requests from our own EMS providers. As the EMS Medical Director, it gives me no greater pleasure than to see us move ahead together, in a collaborative effort, to provide the best pre-hospital and in-hospital emergency care possible. Clearly, this points to the fact that I believe our System to be dynamic, without being reckless, and forward-looking without forgetting to focus on the needs at hand. We are built on the strong tradition of our University Medical Center’s Jesuit heritage, and the hard work of all system members who have helped to shape EMS into what it is today. We will continue into the future with high expectations and dedication to the people we serve.

I hope you enjoy this website. Your comments, concerns and issues are invited. We take your input seriously, as it often provides a catalyst for our growth towards achieving our mission.