Loyola Announces Barbara G. and John L. Keeley, Jr. Center for Emergency Medicine Education to Graduate First Class of Emergency Medicine Residents


Newswise – MAYWOOD, IL – Earlier this week, members of the Loyola Medicine community celebrated the graduation of the inaugural class of the emergency medicine residency program at Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC). Loyola’s emergency medicine residency program was launched in 2019 thanks, in part, to a donation from the Keeley Family Foundation. The Keeley family’s involvement with Loyola spans three generations, and their longstanding support has established the John L. Keeley, MD Medical Student Scholarship Fundthe John L. Keeley, MD Surgical Fellowshipthe John L. Keeley, MD Emergency Department, and now the Barbara G. and John L. Keeley, Jr. Center for Emergency Medicine Education.

The promotion included Jeffrey Heiferman, MD, Bailee Jacobsen, DO, Josue Portillo, DO, Shannon Sparrow, MD, Travis Wassermann, MD, MPH and Andrea Yu, MD, MPH. At the graduation ceremony, Mark Cichon, DO, FACEP, FACOEP, chairman of the department of emergency medicine at Loyola University Medical Center, announced that the Keeley family made a generous seven-figure donation to create the Barbara G. and John L. Keeley, Jr. Center for Emergency Medicine Education. Emergency medicine residents will benefit for years from the innovative extracurricular opportunities offered by the Keeley Center for Emergency Medicine Education. The Keeley family investment builds on Loyola’s emergency medicine residency program by training physicians for excellence in leadership, patient care and service.

“The Keeley Center for Emergency Medicine Education will expand the scope of our offerings and harness innovation to advance educational experiences,” says Dr. Cichon. “Our vision is to produce well-rounded graduates who not only excel in the science of emergency medicine, but who also become educators, mentors, and community leaders.” Guided by the principle of “we give today…you give tomorrow,” the Keeley Center for Emergency Medicine Education will encourage volunteerism and inspire its alumni to stay engaged with Loyola and each other throughout their careers.

The Keeley family’s relationship with Loyola Medicine began with John L. Keeley, Jr.’s father, John L. Keeley, MD, who received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Loyola University Chicago and was cardiovascular surgeon at LUMC. Dr. Keeley also served as chair of the department of surgery from 1958 to 1969, and later in his career devoted himself to teaching and mentoring young physicians. Dr. Keeley was held in high esteem by all who had the opportunity to work with him. He was a talented cardiologist, a skilled surgeon, a creative innovator and an inspiring department head. Above all, Dr. Keeley was a passionate educator, dedicated to teaching the next generation of physicians by leading by example, thoughtful teaching, and hands-on learning.

Dr. Keeley’s legacy was carried on by his son, John L. Keeley, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Barbara G. Keeley. In 2012, Barbara and John, along with their family, dedicated the John L. Keeley, MD Emergency Department. As a level 1 trauma center, the John L. Keeley, MD Emergency Department receives many of the most seriously ill and injured patients in the region and provides the highest level of surgical care for trauma patients. John L. Keeley Jr.’s son, Kevin M. Keeley says, “We are honored to invest in the next generation of emergency physicians on behalf of my parents and continue the legacy of service that began with my grandfather. The Keeley Center for Emergency Medicine Education embodies our belief that with the right opportunities and the right guidance, good physicians will become great leaders.

You can find a photo of the Keeleys at this link. It shows John Keeley, III, Mark Keeley, Barbara Keeley and Kevin Keeley.


About Loyola Medicine

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a nationally ranked quaternary care academic system based in the western suburbs of Chicago. The three-hospital system includes Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital, and convenient locations providing primary care, specialty care, and immediate care services from more than 1,500 physicians in the Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola is a 547-bed licensed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, John L. Keeley, MD Emergency Department, a level trauma center 1, Illinois’ largest burn center, certified stroke center, and children’s hospital. Having provided compassionate care for more than 50 years, Loyola is also training the next generation of caregivers through its academic affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Founded in 1961, Gottlieb is a 247-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with the Judd A. Weinberg Emergency Department, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care, and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research Facility at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center . MacNeal is a 374-bed accredited teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced medical, surgical and psychiatric services, acute rehabilitation, an inpatient skilled nursing facility and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics.

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About Trinity Health

Trinity Health is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit Catholic healthcare systems. It’s a family of 115,000 colleagues and nearly 26,000 physicians and clinicians caring for diverse communities in 25 states. Recognized nationally for its care and experience, Trinity Health System includes 88 hospitals, 131 continuing care facilities, the second largest PACE program in the nation, 125 urgent care facilities and many other health and wellness. Based in Livonia, Michigan, its annual operating revenue is $20.2 billion, of which $1.2 billion is returned to its communities in the form of charitable care and other health programs. community benefits.

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