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.

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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, 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 a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.