Loyola Celebrates Feast of St. Ignatius | Loyola Medicine
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Loyola Celebrates Feast of St. Ignatius with Day of Service in Maywood

MAYWOOD, IL – In the spirit of shared Ignatian values, more than 100 volunteers from Loyola University Chicago (LUC) and Loyola University Health System (LUHS) completed service projects in Maywood on Saturday, July 30, in honor of the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

“Ignatius taught us to use our values in service to humanity,” said John Hardt, vice president, mission integration. “It is our honor and duty to give back to the community where we work, study and treat patients, body and soul.”

Volunteers from LUC’s Health Sciences Division and LUHS completed a variety of projects, including painting, planting and cleaning. To start the day, the participants gathered at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine, where they listened to reflections from Hardt, Marcius Scaggs, Neighbors of Maywood Community Organization, and Heidi Renteria, Maywood Fine Arts.

Volunteers worked at the following sites:

  • Maywood Fine Arts
  • St. Eulalia Catholic Church/Quinn Community Center
  • Housing Forward
  • Mission of Our Lady of the Angels
  • Urban Garden Connection

The day of service capped a two-day celebration of the Feast of St. Ignatius at both LUC and LUMC and was done in conjunction with the University's Ignatian Service Days. University faculty and staff at the Lakeside campuses also served at Misericordia and Eugene Field Elementary School in Rogers Park. 

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 94 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 133,000 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.