Monday, March 1, 2010


Loyola University Chicago Medical and Nursing Students and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Students Host Health Fair and Conference on Healthcare

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing students are teaming up with high schoolers from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (CRJHS) to bring awareness and share ideas about health care now and in the future.

The conference and health fair, Just Healing: The Faces of Healthcare, is a dialogue regarding health care professions and strategies to advocate for the health of the Pilsen and Little Village communities. Conference speakers include Jesus “Manny” Estrada, MD, and Lourdes Gomez Villaume, MD. Breakout sessions also will be held to encourage idea sharing and advocacy. “The high school students are really taking the lead on many of these projects and we have a lot to learn from them about their community and how we can bridge gaps. It also gives us a window into how the next generation views health care,” said Aleta Simmons, second-year medical student and student chair of the event.

CRJHS students worked closely with Loyola medical and nursing students to create health fair booths that would directly serve the needs of their community.

“The experience exposed the high schoolers to different aspects of healthcare and gives the Loyola students insight into the unique needs of the Hispanic community which they will take with them as they serve in the medical field,” said Mark Kuczewski, director of the Loyola University Chicago Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy. “Our medical and nursing students are wonderful advocates for the community. We hope through this event relationships are formed.” In conjunction with the conference CRJHS students wrote essays and created art projects giving their insights and views on health care. The winners will be announced during the event.

WHEN: Saturday, March 20, 2010 9:00 am – 3:00 pm WHERE: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School 1852 W. 22nd St. Chicago, IL

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.