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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Loyola Medicine Receives $1 Million Gift for Children's Hospital

Dr. Buchanan and child patient

MAYWOOD, IL – The Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center has received a $1 million gift from the estate of Jerome Taplin.

The family-focused children's hospital provides a full range of pediatric subspecialty care to infants, children and adolescents.

"We greatly appreciate this generous gift from Mr. Taplin," said Jerold Stirling, MD, chair of Loyola Medicine's Department of Pediatrics.  "The funding it provides will enhance the medical and support services we provide to hospitalized children, helping them to lead active, healthy lives."

The 100-bed children's hospital-within-a-hospital includes a neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit and general pediatric beds, along with a family room and a children's playroom. The child life and pediatric nursing staff help make the child's and the family's time at the hospital as comfortable as possible.

Loyola is recognized by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as a Certified Pediatric Critical Care Center for Excellence. The pediatric emergency department is certified by the IDPH as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics.

Mr. Taplin's legacy will benefit Loyola's pediatric patients for years to come.  His generosity is an example of the tremendous impact of planned gifts made through wills or trusts.

If you would like more information on making a legacy gift, or already have included Loyola Medicine in a planned gift arrangement, please contact Mary Houston in Loyola's Office of Philanthropy at 708-216-1050 or, or visit 

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 92 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 129,000 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.