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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich Receives Sword of Loyola at 67th Annual Stritch School of Medicine Awards Dinner

CHICAGO, IL – Loyola University Chicago bestowed its highest honor to Cardinal Blase J. Cupich at the Stritch School of Medicine 67th Annual Awards Dinner on November 18 at the Hilton in downtown Chicago.

More than 500 people attended the event, which celebrated a theme of "Living a Life in Service to Others" and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for medical student scholarships.
 
"Stritch is known and honored for training great physicians and innovators who measure personal success by an ability to improve the world for others," said Steve A. N. Goldstein, MD, PhD, dean, Stritch School of Medicine. "At Loyola, we believe that the highest caliber students, from all backgrounds, should have access to a Stritch education. This is why scholarship funds are so important."

Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, presented the Sword of Loyola to Cardinal Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago. Since 1964, the Sword of Loyola has been conferred on individuals who exhibit exceptional dedication to humanitarian service.
 
The night also recognized 14 high school students who are members of the Stritch Junior Service League, a volunteer group that performed hundreds of service hours at Misericordia, the Ronald McDonald House, a soup kitchen, community garden, and many other locations. More than 1,500 young men and women have participated in the Stritch Junior Service League since its inception in 1950. 
 
Twenty-four members of William and Mary Ryan's family have been Stritch Junior Service League members, including three this year. The Ryans and their six children and spouses served as event chairs. One of their granddaughters is a third year medical student at Stritch and Mr. Ryan is a grateful patient of David Wilber, MD, this year's Stritch Medalist.
 
The Stritch Medal recognizes outstanding accomplishments of a Loyola graduate or faculty member who exhibits dedication to research, education, and patient care.
 
Dr. Wilber is the George M. Eisenberg Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences and Director of the Clinical Electrophysiology Program. He is the author or co-author of more than 500 publications, including studies in the New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of American College of Cardiology.
 
"I am humbled to receive the Stritch Medal," Dr. Wilber said. "I have found personal satisfaction in my care from identifying individual patients whose quality of life I could improve."

The Stritch School of Medicine Annual Awards Dinner was started by Cardinal Samuel Stritch in 1950 as the Cardinal's Dinner and renamed in 1960. The original goal was to raise funds to support the only Catholic medical school in Chicago. 

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, and Loyola Outpatient 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 247-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.

About Trinity Health

Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 93 hospitals, as well as 122 continuing care programs that include PACE, 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 $17.6 billion and assets of $23.4 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 131,000 colleagues, including 7,500 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity Health 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. For more information, visit www.trinity-health.org. You can also follow @TrinityHealthMI on Twitter.