Monday, October 26, 2009

Loyola to Host End-of-Life Panel Discussion in Homer Glen

Program to focus on what to do, who to contact when loved one discontinues treatment for a terminal illness

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- If your child or another loved one has a terminal illness, making important end-of-life decisions could be more than you are able to handle.

To help provide some assistance, the Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen will host What to Do When Treatment Stops, a panel discussion and presentation about the options available when the decision is made to discontinue treatment for a terminal illness. The free event will take place from 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen, 15750 Marian Drive, Homer Glen. Light refreshments will be served.

A featured speaker that evening will be Dr. Charles Hemenway, director of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. Hemenway is a physician and researcher who is internationally renowned for his work on childhood leukemia. Also speaking at the event will be:

* Deidra Galik, R.N., Joliet Area Community Hospice. * Debbie Mitrakos, L.S.W., Joliet Area Community Hospice.

Parking is free. For more information or to register, call (708) 645-3446 or go to

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.