Thursday, May 29, 2014

Loyola hosting new brain aneurysm support group

MAYWOOD, Ill. (May 29, 2014) – Loyola University Medical Center and the Brain Aneurysm Foundation are hosting a new support group for brain aneurysm patients, caregivers, family members and friends.

Meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month at Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood. The meeting will be held at Pastoral Care & Education in the lower level of the hospital (McGaw Building). Refreshments will be served.

The keynote speaker for the first meeting will be William W. Ashley, Jr., MD, PhD, MBA, a neurological surgeon at Loyola who treats brain aneurysms.

“The Brain Aneurysm Support Group will provide support and education for anyone who is coping with the difficulties caused by brain aneurysms and other endovascular problems,” Ashley said.

An aneurysm is a weak spot on the wall of a brain artery that balloons outward. Over time pressure can cause the aneurysm to rupture, spilling blood into the space around the brain. A ruptured brain aneurysm commonly requires advanced surgical treatment.

Ashley is trained in traditional open-surgery techniques as well as less-invasive endovascular techniques that employ catheters to repair aneurysms. For each individual patient, Ashley uses the safest and most effective technique.

For more information about the Brain Aneurysm Support Group, contact Angela Smolenski, APN, at or (708) 216-3208.

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.