Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Acute Rehab at Loyola: Courtenay Zurenko's story

Courtenay Zurenko says that shortly after giving birth to her son she developed a rash that was diagnosed as dermatomyositis. The rare auto-immune disease, which affects the skin and muscles, only strikes about 1 in 100,000 people.

She had three grand mal seizures and then was also diagnosed with lesions on the brain, or PRES (Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome). She says Loyola was the right place for her to be.

In Loyola's Acute Rehabilitation Unit, she asked the medical staff to help her get back to the point where she could be a mom. In the beginning, she couldn't swallow, walk or get dressed. But with speech, occupational and physical therapy, she was able to start feeding her baby boy and other things that she had been missing. All the laughing with others on the rehab floor was just as therapeutic as exercise. And when she could swallow, the therapists even brought Courtenay her favorite chocolate cake.

"They really went above and beyond their call of duty," she said.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call  888-LUHS-888 (888-584-7888).

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.