The Year Ahead for the Health Sciences Division

September 14, 2015

Dear Loyola Health Sciences Community,

Last week marked my second week as provost for the Health Sciences Division at Loyola. I have quickly experienced a very welcoming community and one true to its mission rooted in Catholic, Jesuit traditions. I am excited that Loyola is building on its strong foundation in health sciences education, practice, and research and I am committed to helping advance our position. 

My goals for the next few months include a comprehensive look into all aspects of the division. I will spend time getting to know the team, the priorities, the students, and will work with all of you on the opportunities and challenges presented and discovered by us. I also want to enhance the division’s connections to the broader University community. I know that our rich and many health sciences programs and initiatives bring great value to the University as a whole, and I also understand that we do not exist without Loyola University Chicago. Together we will discover ways to increase collaboration and communication, and intensify meaningful partnerships across all campuses.

Another key partnership to continue to support is with the Loyola University Health System and Trinity Health. This partnership brings our education and research to the bedside and allows us to stay at the cutting-edge of science and health care research. The new Center for Translational Research and Education that will open next spring will be an excellent example of the value and benefits to society of our partnership with the hospital.

Finally, much attention will be paid to our role in the success of the new University strategic plan. Steve Bergfeld, senior vice president for health sciences, and I are part of the Strategic Plan Implementation and Steering Committee, which is working on the plan roll out. Please familiarize yourselves with “Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane, and Sustainable World,” which can be found at LUC.edu/strategicplanning. One of the major initiatives in the plan is addressing health disparities through research and programming and other aspects of the plan will benefit greatly from your input and ideas, which we welcome.

Though new to this role, I am a proud Loyola alumna and am confident about the future of our division. To learn more about my background and vision for our community, read the story at LUC.edu/hsd. I look forward to meeting you in the weeks ahead.

Sincerely,

Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
Provost, Health Sciences Division