Loyola Medicine NICU Nurses Continue 30-year Tradition of Making Halloween Costumes | Children's Health | Loyola Medicine
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Loyola Medicine NICU Nurses Continue 30-year Tradition of Making Halloween Costumes

MAYWOOD, IL – Instead of frights there were only adorable sights on Halloween at Loyola University Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as babies donned homemade costumes to recognize the occasion.

Continuing a tradition that started more than 30 years ago, nurses in Loyola's NICU designed costumes to outfit more than 20 tiny patients. A team of 10 colleagues worked on the costumes during their free time as a way to provide some fun for the families during their hospital stay.

"It's about the parents," said Abigail Lonergan, RN, one of the organizers of the event. "If we can give them some normalcy during a stressful time like this, that's a great thing."

The annual costume-making event has become a competition for the staff to see who can come up with most creative ideas. This year's costumes included Wonder Woman, an aerobics instructor, Alice in Wonderland, Thing 1 & Thing 2 and in honor of the Chicago Cubs' historic run, a Cubs fan and a miniature version of shortstop Javier Báez.  

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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.