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 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.