Thursday, April 24, 2014

Help kids like Mia at Loyola's Health, Hope & Heroes 5K

Mia was born more than three months premature, weighing just 2 pounds, 5 ounces. While still an infant, she developed a serious infection in her bowel called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) and surgeons had to remove part of her digestive track.

Mia spent six months in Loyola's Level II neonatal intensive care unit and much of the first two years of her life getting care at the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital. Mia's parents say the nursing care they got at Loyola really helped them through this challenging time. Now Mia's health is "perfect," her mother says.

It is for children like Mia that Loyola holds its annual Health, Hope & Heroes 5K Run/Walk. For more information, please visit

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.