Monday, May 14, 2012

Loyola Cancer Center Director Named to "The One Hundred" List of Cancer Fighters

MAYWOOD, Il. -- Dr. Patrick Stiff, director of Loyola University Medical Center's Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, has been named to The One Hundred, a prestigious list of individuals and groups that have advanced the fight against cancer.
The list is compiled by Massachusetts General Hospital, which will honor Stiff and other One Hundred members at a June 7 fundraiser.
Stiff was nominated to The One Hundred by Dana Shank, the daughter of one of Stiff's patients.
Shank wrote that her father needed a stem cell transplant. When no family matches were found, Stiff's team and a blood bank were able to match her father with stem cells from umbilical cord blood that had been donated by a German family.
"Dr. Stiff led my father's transplant procedure, and gave him the strength, optimism and courage to fight on," Shank wrote. "Because of this transplant, my father was able to see his first-born grandson play his first game of T-ball. While ultimately the leukemia returned, my father had two additional years to spend with his wife and our family. I am deeply thankful for doctors like Dr. Stiff who break medical ground and enable the cures and treatments that give us more time with our loved ones."
Loyola's Bone Marrow Transplantation Program is the largest transplant program in Illinois, and has performed more than 3,000 transplants. Loyola is a participating transplant, apheresis and collection center in the National Marrow Donor Program network.

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 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 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 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.