Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Nurse Managed Centers

"These extraordinary programs are what set us apart from other nursing schools. These examples also demonstrate how students, faculty and alumni go beyond Loyola’s Jesuit service mission by thinking creatively and doing whatever it takes to care for people’s physical and spiritual needs."

Pam Andresen, PhD, RN, former director of the Loyola University Nursing Center

‌The School of Nursing has a long history of outreach to the community and the provision of nursing services for underserved populations. The School of Nursing operates two Nurse Managed Centers that serve as clinical sites for student and faculty practice, offer opportunities for research, and provide much needed healthcare in the community.

Loyola Community Nursing Center‌‌‌Loyola nursing students visit the elderly

Loyola’s Community Nursing Center has been in operation for over thirty years. The Center serves the diverse Rogers Park, Edgewater, and the Uptown communities of Chicago that surround Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus.

 The Loyola University Community Nursing Center, founded in 1981 in a church basement by four faculty members, including alumni Mary Ann McDermott (BSN ’60, MSN ’69) EdD, professor emeritus, and Ida Androwich (BSN ’78) PhD, professor, began as an outreach effort to the elderly and mothers and children in the community.

‌The program has since blossomed into one of the most valuable healthcare resources for families and seniors living in the ethnically and ‌economically diverse Rogers Park, Edgewater and Uptown communities. Currently, each semester, over 30 undergraduate nursing students have clinical experiences at the Center. Supervised by School of Nursing faculty, they provide much needed health services.

Home visits target isolated and homebound seniors and include a comprehensive assessment of health and social needs. Students serve as case managers, linking clients with community resources as well as working with family members, the primary health care provider and other community workers. Health education is provided at local grammar schools, shelters and senior centers. Students also match individuals with job training and housing opportunities and help­ people navigate the maze of state and local agencies to access other resources and support. Referrals to the Center come from a variety of community agencies including the Alderman’s office, senior housing case managers and local churches.  Article by Chicago Tribune.

The Center is supported by Loyola University and private foundation grants. All services are provided free of charge. ­

School-Based Health Center at Proviso East High School

The School-Based Health Center (SBHC) is located within Proviso East High School at 807 S. 1st Ave. Maywood, IL. The SBHC is open twelve months a year, when school is in session. The SBHC ‌offers a full range of primary health care, nutrition and mental health services tailored to the needs of urban adolescents. Emphasis is placed on wellness and risk reduction in order to help students make healthy lifestyle choices so they can succeed in school.

Outreach to students in ten neighborhood elementary schools is provided by the SBHC Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Elementary school programming focuses on immunizations, safety, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle habits. 

Loyola nurse practitioner and physician faculty, dietetic faculty, social workers, and medical assistants provide primary health care services and extensive health education. Each year, the SBHC is a clinical site for more than 50 undergraduate and graduate nursing students, dietetic interns, medical students and residents. Loyola students have an opportunity to work side-by-side with experienced primary care providers. Students also design and implement a variety of health promotion interventions and gain skill and comfort in providing culturally competent care for diverse populations. Our annual Health Fair brings together more than 60 Loyola nursing, dietetic, and medical students, who work together on interdisciplinary health promotion projects, reaching over 1800 high school students.

The SBHC has been providing health promotion and primary health care services for underserved youth over 10 years. This Nursing Practice Arrangement project is supported by the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (Grant D11HP14610), the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Westlake Health Foundation, and the State Street Foundation. Partners include Loyola University Health System, Illinois Department of Public Health, Cook County Department of Public Health, and Proviso High School District 209. The Center is fully accredited by the Illinois Department of Human Services.