Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Chicago Teens Sound Off with Experts on Gun Violence at Town Hall

Chicago Continues to Lead the Nation in Homicides and Violence, Loyola Trauma Surgeon Says

WHAT:    Chicago has seen more than 400 homicides this year and the homicide rate is currently more than four times that of New York. Homicides in Chicago, through September, are up 24 percent over the previous year.

Teens will present their findings on the public health issue of violence as part of a Columbia Links journalism and news literacy program. Adult experts on violence, including Hieu Ton-That, MD, trauma surgeon at Loyola University Health System, will participate.

In 2011, Loyola’s Level 1 Trauma Center received 123 gunshot-wound cases; 21 were fatal. “Just like cancer, violence is a disease and it has to be treated through constant education, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation,” said Ton-That, who also is an assistant professor of Surgery at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine.
Loyola Emergency Department is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Illinois that is verified by the American College of Surgeons, a distinction held by a select group nationwide. Loyola’s Emergency Department cared for 53,000 patients in 2011.

WHEN:  5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15

WHERE:  Columbia College Chicago Music Center Concert Hall, 1014 S. Michigan Ave.

MEET:  Teenagers who face the reality of violence in Chicago every day: Wesley Bogard, a senior at Harlan Community Academy; Lily Moore, a sophomore at Northside College Prep High School; Alan Peck, a junior at Mount Carmel High School; Kyler Sumter, a sophomore at Lindblom Math and Science Academy,  Matthew Wettig, a junior at Lane Tech College Prep High School.

Dr. Hieu Ton-That , who treats patients who suffer the adverse effects of violence at Loyola Level 1 trauma center.

Learn about strategies that some communities are using to successfully fight back against violence.

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.