Monday, June 16, 2008

Loyola to Host Free Kids Day Celebration in Oak Brook

Event will include music, coloring activities, appearance by Ronald McDonald

OAK BROOK, Ill. - Hundreds of kids will be a-moving and a-grooving with Ronald McDonald during Loyola Kids Day Celebration this Saturday, June 21, at Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook.

The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. near the kids' stores at the mall, is sponsored by the Loyola Center for Children's Health at Oakbrook Terrace, 1S224 Summit Ave., Oakbrook Terrace.

Ronald will lead kids in vigorous and fun workouts during his "Get Moving With Ronald" fitness sessions, which include magic, music, dancing and games that teach families the importance of fitness and physical activity in everyday life. Kids will also have the chance to meet Ronald and have a photograph taken with him for free.

The event will also include giveaways of photo frames, face painting and coloring activities. Parents will receive brochures about the pediatric services offered at the Loyola Center for Children’s Health at Oakbrook Terrace, which is an extension of the Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Similar to the children’s hospital, the new site has been designed with children in mind, from its bright, cheery décor to waiting-room activities that keep them engaged during doctor visits.

The new center occupies 4,700 square feet on the first floor of the north building in the complex occupied by the Loyola Oakbrook Terrace Medical Center. Many of the pediatric services for which the Maywood location has earned a national reputation will be offered at the new center, including:

* Adolescent medicine * Pediatric gastroenterology * Developmental pediatrics * Pediatric surgery * Pediatric psychiatry * Pediatric pulmonology * Pediatric neurology * Pediatric allergy * Pediatric cardiology * Pediatric genetics * Pediatric nephrology * Pediatric endocrinology * Pediatric infectious disease * Pediatric Nutrition * Rehabilitation therapy (physical (physical, occupational and speech/language)

The site also features a neonatal follow-up clinic, an Autism clinic and a Marfan syndrome clinic. In addition, most of the Loyola surgical specialists (ophthalmology, ear, nose and throat and urology) will continue to see patients in the adjacent south tower.

The Loyola Center for Children’s Health at Oakbrook Terrace is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment with a Loyola physician, call toll-free (888) LUHS-888 and ask for extension 71000. Pediatric rehabilitation services are available from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. To make an appointment for therapy, call (877) 216-KIDS and ask for extension 7-1000.

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.