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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Loyola makes 2015 edition of 'Guinness World Records'

Medical center holds record for care of world's smallest baby

MAYWOOD, Ill. (December 31, 2014) – Loyola University Medical Center will be included in the “Guinness World Records” 2015 edition for caring for the world’s smallest baby.

Loyola has maintained the Guinness world record for 26 years. Madeline Mann set the record in 1989 after she was born at Loyola weighing 9.9 ounces. She recently graduated from college. In 2004, Rumaisa Rahman set a new record after she was born at Loyola weighing 9.2 ounces. She remains the world’s smallest surviving baby, according to a registry kept by the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

Rahman is one of more than 3,000 newborns cared for in Loyola’s neonatal intensive care unit who have weighed less than 2 pounds. The overall survival rate of infants in Loyola’s NICU is 98 percent.

As a Level III perinatal center, Loyola Medicine offers the latest technology, therapies and techniques and serves as a national model for specialized protocols and practices in the care of premature infants.

“Loyola has become a national leader in neonatal care,” said Jonathan Muraskas, MD, co-medical director of Loyola's NICU and a professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology, divisions of Neonatology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. “Our medical, nursing and respiratory experience and knowledge allow us to provide the highest level of care for high-risk infants."

This care is provided in a highly secure area of the hospital with 50 tiny beds for the hospital’s smallest patients. Each baby is assigned a team of nurses who care for the infant day after day. This creates continuity in care and allows the nurses to establish a relationship with the infants and their families. Many of these nurses have worked at Loyola for more than two decades.

Loyola nurses staff a first-of-its-kind, integrated home-care program for premature or sick infants. The unit also provides a follow-up clinic for high-risk NICU graduates to undergo developmental screening and referral care during the first three years of life.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, 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. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.