The Loyola University Medical Center has a rich heritage that began nearly 135 years ago. In September 1870, Fr Arnold J. Damian, a Jesuit priest from Holland, founded St Ignatius College on a muddy, nearly deserted patch of prairie on the west side of Chicago more than a mile from the center of the city. This humble institution would eventually expand and become Loyola University of Chicago. As the first president, Father Damian began with a faculty of 4 priests and a student body of 37 men.
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