August 4, 2016
Champions Network Convocation 

The CHAMPIONS NETWork (Community Health And eMPowerment through Integration ONeighborhood-specific Strategies using a Novel Education & Technology-leveraged Workforce) is a university-hospital-community partnership program for rising 11th and 12th graders who come from various underprivileged neighborhoods throughout the city of Chicago. The program itself is run out of the Emergency Department here at UIC and was inaugurated by Terry Vanden Hoek, MD as a means of improving the health of at-risk communities via training and appointing high school student health “champions.” During a 6 week period Students learned what it truly means to have a career in healthcare. For two out of the six weeks the students went through a health intensive internship period throughout the University of Illinois Hospital to help educate patients on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer as well as connecting patients to primary care physicians should they need to be. On this warm sunny Thursday in Chicago friends and family came out to witness the students receive their certificate of completion at the graduation. The students agreed this program was amazing and that they appreciated the opportunity. During the ceremony, the announcement was made that the program will continue next year and we all look forward to it.  Special thanks to Program Coordinators Karina Castro, Arjun Arya, Nasseef Quasim, Ramin Amirsoltani and staff Sara Heinert, Dr.Marina Del Rios, Dr.Terry Vanden Hoek and Dr. Lisa Gehm. 


July 28, 2016
Project HEAL Host Hepatitis C Awareness Event

World Hepatitis Day is observed on July 28th every year. The goal is to raise global awareness of hepatitis and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment.  An estimated 3.5 million Americans are infected with Hepatitis C (HCV) and only 50 percent of those infected have been diagnosed. Of the 3.5 million infected, only 9 percent have successfully been treated and cured. If left untreated Hepatitis could cause complications including liver failure, cirrhosis and liver cancer.

On this rainy Thursday morning, people lined up eagerly to inquire about Hepatitis C and to hear how this disease can affect them and their loved ones. Members of Project HEAL, a routine HIV and HCV screening initiative at UI Health,  expressed how important it was to get tested because symptoms do not show up right away. Many people were unaware and left educated. Project Heal was successfully able to test 10 visitors. The team was equipped with educational brochures, post cards, stickers and treats. Overall this event was a success and definitely left a lasting impression on everyone. Congratulations to Director Cammeo Mauntel-Medici, HCV Patient Care Coordinator Kerry Day, grad student Cori Marr and undergraduate student Elizabeth Collazofor putting together such an informative event.



December 15, 2010
Terry Vanden Hoek, MD, has been appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 
As an accomplished physician and scientist, Dr. Vanden Hoek brings a track record of success in leading and supporting programs in patient care and biomedical research.  Terry worked over the past 15 years at the University of Chicago, where he served in several leadership positions including Director of the Emergency Resuscitation Center, Chair of the CPR Committee and Interim Chief of Emergency Medicine.  He led efforts to improve survival from cardiac arrest in both the medical center and community setting through automated external defibrillator (AED) and enhanced CPR training programs.  During this time he also served in a national leadership role as the chair of the Advanced Cardiac Life Support committee as they developed new CPR guidelines for the American Heart Association.

Dr. Vanden Hoek completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in 1995, where he served as their chief resident.  He received his medical degree with honors from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine in 1991. 
Terry Vanden Hoek has received numerous awards for education and research, including awards from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the American Heart Association.  His research efforts have been multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative.  He has helped mentor several physician-scientists with specialty backgrounds in pediatrics, pulmonary/critical care, surgery, hospitalist medicine and emergency medicine.   Given the multi-organ challenge of resuscitation following cardiac arrest or hemorrhagic shock, Terry has served as an invited reviewer for three institutes within NIH, including NHLBI, NIGMS and NINDS.  His research has resulted in the development of novel in vitro and in vivo models of cardiovascular resuscitation and therapeutic hypothermia protection that have been supported by the NIH and Department of Defense for over a decade.  More than 65 publications-- including basic, translational and clinical studies--regarding the time-sensitive treatment of reperfusion stress responses in the heart following whole body ischemia have resulted from this work.   

As departmental head and chief of service, Terry will be responsible for all administrative, clinical, research and educational activities of the Department of Emergency Medicine.  With adjunct appointments in Pharmacology and Physiology, he will also lead new resuscitation research efforts at UIC through the newly established Center for Advanced Resuscitation Medicine.  Please join us in welcoming Terry to his new role and offering your full support as he undertakes these new endeavors.