Loyola Opens $137M Research Center in Maywood; Village Teams With Nonprofit To Put People To Work

Loyola Center for Translational Research and Education

Loyola’s new, $137 million Center for Translational Research and Education, located on Loyola’s medical complex, which straddles First Avenue and Roosevelt Road in Maywood. The center opened on April 21. | Photo courtesy Loyola University Chicago

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 || By Michael Romain 

Last Thursday, Loyola University Chicago opened the Center for Translational Research and Education (CTRE) — a five-story, $137 million facility located on the institution’s health sciences campus in Maywood.

The 225,000 square-foot facility is the largest one the university’s ever built, according to an April 21 statement Loyola released on the day of the opening. The building will be home to 500 students, staff and faculty members.

“In medicine, research is a team effort and collaboration leads to innovative discoveries,” said John P. Pelissero, Loyola’s interim president, in the April 21 release.

Pelissero said the new building will unify the Maywood complex’s Stritch School of Medicine, the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and Loyola University Health System with the goal of rapidly translating fundamental scientific discoveries into “real treatments for human health.” That goal, university officials noted, aligns with the university’s 5-year plan, which is called Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World.

The new facility is expected to become gold LEED-certified and includes “two two-story atriums to promote outside-the-lab collaboration, a 90-seat seminar room, and a 265-seat auditorium for lectures and health-related community events.”

Larry M. Goldberg, the president and CEO of Loyola University Health System, said the Maywood complex is “one of few academic medical centers in the country in which a hospital, medical school, nursing school and major research center are connected on one campus,” according to the statement.

Maywood and the Chicago Lighthouse team up to put people to work, April 29

Maywood residents who have a desire to connect with potential employers can show up at the Village Council Chambers, 125 S. 5th Ave., in Maywood, on Friday, April 29, from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m., for critical information on doing so. See more below:

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In honor of the late Lennel Grace, a tireless Maywood advocate for clean paths, sidewalks and streets, attend this year’s annual Illinois Prairie Path Cleanup, Saturday, April 30, 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m., starting at 11th Avenue and Prairie Path, in Maywood. RSVP JoAnn Murphy, so she can plan accordingly.

Operation Uplift to host April 30 reunion kickoff/fundraiser, in lieu of annual luncheon

West TownOperation Uplift, the Maywood nonprofit that operates the West Town Museum of Cultural History and hosts an annual Martin Luther King, Jr., luncheon, has announced that it will be hosting a reunion kickoff to help support and bring awareness to its daily services in lieu of a luncheon this year.

“Please help us continue to provide more cultural awareness to our local community, stimulate individual growth,  community pride, and educate the Proviso Township area about the collections of art, artifacts and significant historical materials we hold within our doors,” according to a recent release put out by the organization.

The reunion kickoff activities will include educational tours, an African attire fashion show, live entertainment and food.

It will take place on Saturday, April 30, from 1 PM to 4 PM, at Operation Uplift/West Town Museum, 104 S. 5th Avenue, Maywood.

Donations or pledges of any amount are greatly appreciated. Those who give via checks should make them payable to: Operation Uplift, Inc.

For more information please call Jeri Stenson at 708-289-4955 or email operationupliftinc@gmail.com. VFP

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