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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Loyola University Chicago Medical Students Part of 32nd Annual Oak Park Crop Walk

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Loyola Stritch staff and students put on their walking shoes to help raise funds to help the estimated 805 million people around the world who are undernourished

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine staff and students put on their walking shoes to help raise funds to help the estimated 805 million people around the world who are undernourished. Coordinated by the Health Sciences Division Ministry Department and the Stritch Student Wellness Advisory Group, participants took part in the 32nd Annual Oak Park Hunger Walkathon West Crop Walk, a community effort to stock local food pantry shelves and fight hunger worldwide.

“The Crop Walk was a perfect example of community members joining together to work for a common cause. As a medical student, I feel called to use my gifts and talents to help others, both within the healthcare setting and the broader community. Specifically, the participation of Loyola indicates our commitment to lead by example, and care for our neighbors in need,” said first-year medical student, and class president, Patrick Kramer.

More than 30 community congregations, schools, and organizations were part of the annual event that took place on May 3.  Loyola students and staff were part of the more than 340 people who walked and ran 5.3 miles to raise awareness and funds to rid the world of hunger.

"For me, the crop walk was a beautiful manifestation of a community joining together for the care of its own.  At times it can be overwhelming to think of all of the need in the world, but the walk reminded me of the difference we can make when we unite our faith and energy towards a common goal.  I am grateful to have shared this experience with fellow Loyoloans and believe that it was a great way for Stritch to live out the Jesuit mission of justice for all,” said Kristin Kalita, fourth-year medical student.

All proceeds benefit organizations working to feed the hungry including several organizations in the community such as Forest Park Food Pantry, St. Eulalia Quinn Center Food Pantry, and Proviso Food Pantry.

“I really enjoyed watching so many people come together for a common cause, as well as being able to be a part of that myself. It's great to see the Stritch family play an active role in the surrounding community and be so invested in helping others, particularly beyond the health care setting,” said Regan Rogers, first-year medical student.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, 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. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.