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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Loyola exercise physiologist helps save a life

MAYWOOD, IL – Chad Morsch was about to enter a Walmart store in Darien, Ill. when he saw an unconscious man lying on the ground just outside the entrance.

Mr. Morsch immediately put to use his training in advanced cardiac life support. He began doing chest compressions, while another bystander performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Mr. Morsch is Loyola University Health System Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist.

When paramedics from the Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District arrived, they determined the man was in full cardiac arrest. The paramedics shocked the man with a defibrillator and took him to a local hospital.

By the time the man arrived at the emergency department, he was alert and speaking, and had normal mental status.

The Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District has presented Mr. Morsch and the other bystander with a Civilian Commendation.

“Without the rapid intervention of the civilians in providing immediate, effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the outcome would have been much different,” the commendation says. “It’s a comfort to all in knowing that there are those who would stop to help another human being in a time of need.”

Mr. Morsch, who works in Loyola’s Department of Radiology, conducts nuclear stress tests on heart patients. A nuclear stress test typically involves taking two sets of images of the heart, one while the patient is at rest, and one when the heart has been stressed by exercise or medication. Mr. Morsch is trained in advanced cardiac life support in the event a patient goes into cardiac arrest while exercising.

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.