Thursday, August 18, 2011

First-Year Loyola Medical Students Receive White Coats for First Time

Ceremony Emphasizes Privilege of Caring for Others

WHAT: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine first-year students will receive their first white medical coats in a ceremony that emphasizes the privilege of being able to care for patients and the responsibility that comes with wearing the coat. “The White Coat Ceremony welcomes Stritch medical students into the profession of medicine. This ceremony confirms that Stritch students will uphold the public trust, work toward social justice and accept the responsibilities incumbent on doctors,” said Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, interim dean of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. For more than 100 years, the white coat has symbolized care, compassion and respect. First-year medical students receive their coats from faculty members and other physicians, a symbol of one generation passing along knowledge and patient care to the next.

WHERE: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine 2160 S. First Ave. Maywood, IL 60153 WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.

WHO: For media inquiries contact, Evie Polsley at or call (708) 216-5313 or (708) 417-5100.

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.