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 gift 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 Fund, the John L. Keeley, MD Surgical Fellowship Award, the John L. Keeley, MD Emergency Department, and now the Barbara G. and John L. Keeley, Jr. Center for Emergency Medicine Education.

The graduating class 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, chair, department of emergency medicine at Loyola University Medical Center, announced that the Keeley family has given a generous seven-figure gift to create the Barbara G. and John L. Keeley, Jr. Center for Emergency Medicine Education. Emergency medicine residents will benefit for years to come from innovative co-curricular opportunities provided by the Keeley Center for Emergency Medicine Education. The Keeley family’s 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 broaden 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 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 foster volunteerism and inspire its alumni to remain 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 at Loyola University Chicago and served as a cardiovascular surgeon at LUMC.  Dr. Keeley also served as the chair of the department of surgery from 1958 to 1969, and later in his career was dedicated to teaching and mentoring young physicians.  Dr. Keeley was held in high regard by everyone who had the opportunity to work with him.  He was a talented heart specialist, a skilled surgeon, a creative innovator and an inspiring department chair.  Above all else, Dr. Keeley was a passionate educator, dedicated to teaching the next generation of physicians through leading by example, thoughtful instruction and hands-on learning.

Dr. Keeley’s legacy was carried on by his son, John L. Keeley, Jr. and his 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 region's most critically ill and injured patients and provides the highest level of surgical care to trauma patients. John L. Keeley Jr.’s son, Kevin M. Keeley says “it is an honor for us to invest in the next generation of emergency physicians in my parents’ name, and to 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 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.


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Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a nationally ranked academic, quaternary care system based in Chicago's western suburbs. The three-hospital system includes Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial HospitalMacNeal Hospital, as well as convenient locations offering primary care, specialty care and immediate care services from more than 1,500 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola 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, the John L. Keeley, MD Emergency Department, 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 academic affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Established in 1961, Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-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-licensed-bed 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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Trinity Health is one of the largest not-for-profit, Catholic health care systems in the nation. It is a family of 115,000 colleagues and nearly 26,000 physicians and clinicians caring for diverse communities across 25 states. Nationally recognized for care and experience, the Trinity Health system includes 88 hospitals, 131 continuing care locations, the second largest PACE program in the country, 125 urgent care locations and many other health and well-being services. Based in Livonia, Michigan, its annual operating revenue is $20.2 billion with $1.2 billion returned to its communities in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.


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