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