Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Loyola Forms Amputee Support Group called Step Up

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Health System has formed a new support group called Step Up for amputees and their caregivers, family members and significant others. "Having a support network with both emotional support and information is vital to a full recovery," said program coordinator Carolyn Murphy, PT, DPT. A facilitator and certified peer visitors will lead discussions. (A certified peer visitor is a person or family member who has experienced a limb loss or difference and has been trained and certified by the Amputee Coalition of America.) The meeting provides free refreshments, emotional support, information and guidance from other people who have had amputations, Murphy said. Meetings will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month in Room 1371 (back of the cafeteria) in the north end of Loyola University Hospital, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood. For more information, call 708-216-3826.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part 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 a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.