Friday, November 30, 2012

Loyola Honors Rehab Patients of the Year

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Loyola University Medical Center honored 45 extraordinary rehabilitation patients during its 2012 Annual Rehabilitation Patient of the Year celebration.

"This is our favorite event of the year," said Steve Gnatz, MD, division director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. "Everyone has a great story."

Each week, Loyola's rehab unit names a Patient of the Week, and 45 of these patients returned to be honored as Patients of the Year.

Through hard work and determination, the patients have made enormous progress rehabilitating from conditions such as stroke, trauma, amputations, congenital disorders and major surgery.

"You motivate us," Deena Hassaballa, DO, told the patients. "You make us want to work harder."

Dr. Hassaballa is a third-year resident. Other speakers included Paul Gorski, administrative director; Mary Vondriska, interim RN manager; Kathy Xenakis, RN, PPS coordinator; and Allison Bresnahan, PT. The Rev. Lee Smits, Pastoral Care and Education, gave the blessing and prayer, and Meghan Corley, PT, and Dr. Gnatz presented patients with gifts.

"You have inspired us all for another year," Gorski said. "You have transformed yourself, and you have transformed us."

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.