Newswise — MAYWOOD, ILMacNeal Hospital received a Housing Forward Ending Homelessness Impact Award this past weekend “for embracing the intersection between housing and health care, and disrupting the cycle of homelessness.”

MacNeal Hospital, located in Berwyn, Illinois and part of Loyola Medicine, has been providing quality health care in the near western suburbs and Chicago for nearly 100 years. In 2018, Charles Bareis, MD, chief medical officer at MacNeal, sought a way to address the housing needs of homeless patients, who often seek health care in the emergency department and then need somewhere to safely recuperate and live. 

The result was a partnership between MacNeal and Housing Forward, a Maywood, Illinois social service organization committed to transitioning individuals and families from homelessness to housing stability. Together, the two organizations established the first medical respite program in suburban Cook County. In August 2019, Sojourner House opened in nearby Oak Park, Illinois, providing three dedicated apartments exclusively for persons who are homeless and in need of  “healing and recuperation post hospital discharge.” Sojourner House provides both MacNeal and Loyola Medicine patients with an innovative bridge to housing that is helping to end homelessness in the near western suburbs. 

Dr. Bareis accepted the award during Housing Forward’s Have-a-Heart Gala, on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Navy Pier. 

“This award is a testament to Dr. Bareis’ and MacNeal Hospital’s commitment to compassionate care, which includes serving and meeting the needs of all of our patients,” said Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Cleary, president of MacNeal Hospital and president of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. “We are grateful to Housing Forward for this successful partnership and generous recognition.” 

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About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in Chicago's western suburbs that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from more than 1,800 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. & 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 more than 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. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 180 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 facility at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-licensed-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, including acute rehabilitation, an 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. For more information, visit

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery 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 106 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities, and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $19.3 billion and assets of $27 billion, the organization returns $1.2 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 129,000 colleagues, including about 7,500 employed physicians and clinicians.

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