Loyola Medical Students Conducting Bone Marrow Drive | Transplant | Loyola Medicine
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Loyola Medical Students Conducting Bone Marrow Drive

MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine is hosting a student-led drive November 29 to sign up potential donors for life-saving bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants.

The drive will be held at two locations on the Loyola campus at 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood: the Loyola Center for Fitness from noon to 6 pm and the second floor atrium of Stritch School of Medicine from noon to 3 pm.

The drive is being conducted, for the second year in a row, by first-year medical students. Members of the Loyola community, along with the general public, are invited to register to become potential donors. The drive is open to adults ages 18 to 55.

Every three minutes in the United States, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. For many patients, a bone marrow transplant is the best chance for survival. While 30 percent of patients can find a matching donor in their families, 70 percent—nearly 14,000 each year—must rely on a donation from an altruistic stranger.

Registering requires a simple cheek swab. People who sign up are listed anonymously on the Be The Match Registry® operated by the National Marrow Donor Program. If and when a person on the registry matches a patient, that person will be asked to donate bone marrow or blood stem cells. The patient then undergoes a transplant that replaces the patient’s unhealthy blood stem cells with healthy cells from the donor.

The drive is being conducted with DKMS, an international non-profit organization that has registered more than six million potential donors worldwide.

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.