Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Loyola Medicine and Loyola Transplant Patient are Top Liver Life Walk Fundraisers

MAYWOOD, IL – For the second year in a row, Loyola Medicine and Loyola liver transplant patient Corrine Rossi are the top team and top participant fundraisers, respectively, in the American Liver Foundation's (ALF) 2016 Liver Life Walk in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
 
"Loyola successfully partnered with Corrine when she was ill and together we triumphed over liver disease, and we are proud to continue to join her as top fundraisers for the American Liver Foundation," said Jamie Berkes, MD, hepatology. Dr. Berkes and the Loyola Liver Team raised almost $8,000, more than double the amount raised by their nearest competitors.    
 
"Thanks to Loyola, I am a survivor and I am committed to helping others become survivors, too," said Ms. Rossi, of Bloomingdale. Ms. Rossi raised nearly $5,000 for the May 14, 2016 annual event. She and the Loyola liver transplant team were honored in a special presentation ceremony at Loyola highlighted by a visit from the ALF liver mascot. 

"Liver disease has such negative connotations because of its association with alcohol abuse," said Ms. Rossi, who was diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease at Loyola in 2011. "The liver walks are an important way to educate people and raise awareness." She successfully underwent liver transplant surgery at Loyola in 2013. In addition to volunteering with the liver foundation, she promotes organ donation as a regular volunteer for Gift of Hope.    

Loyola Medicine is nationally recognized for its specialty care and research in the field of organ transplantation. In the intra-abdominal transplantation program, a highly specialized medical and surgical team provides comprehensive care for transplantation of the liver, kidney or pancreas. The establishment of this program reflects major progress made in the past decade in the management of these often-complicated conditions and in patient survival. Goals of this program are to provide skillful coordination and optimal patient care to further the understanding of transplantation through education and research. Support groups also are available for patients and families. 

"The only bad thing about getting better is that I don't see my Loyola medical team as much. I really consider them to be members of my family," said Ms. Rossi, who now has only a 6-month checkup, thanks to continued wellness. "They saved my life and gave me the inspiration to give back to others battling liver disease."

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, and Loyola Outpatient 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 247-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.

About Trinity Health

Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 93 hospitals, as well as 122 continuing care programs that include PACE, 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 $17.6 billion and assets of $23.4 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 131,000 colleagues, including 7,500 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity Health 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. For more information, visit www.trinity-health.org. You can also follow @TrinityHealthMI on Twitter.