Friday, March 15, 2013

Loyola Doctors Gave Best Shot Against Disabled Youths in Sled Hockey Game

MAYWOOD, Ill. - In nine years, the Chicago Hornets sled hockey team, which consists of players who have physical disabilities, has never lost to an able-bodied team.

The Hornets extended their streak in a big way Sunday when they crushed Loyola Ortho, a team of Orthopaedic surgeons from Loyola University Medical Center, 10-2.

“They probably could have beat us 100-2,” said Loyola orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Pietro Tonino. “They are really good.”

The event raised $3,500 for the Hornets, a team that consists of disabled youths ages 5 to 20. Participation is free to players and supported by donations. The program was started by J.J. O’Connor, a former hockey player who suffered a major spinal cord injury in a hockey game.

In sled hockey, players sit on sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades. Players propel themselves with the butt ends of the sticks and play the puck with the curved ends.

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.