Monday, December 17, 2012

Loyola Pediatric Mobile Health Unit, Santa to Help Area Children Demonstrate True Meaning of Christmas

Children of Sacred Heart School to Donate Toys to Our Lady of Lourdes

WHAT:  They have very little themselves, but what little they do have, the children of Sacred Heart School in Melrose Park will share with children who have even less at Our Lady of Lourdes School in the North Lawndale neighborhood.

Days before Christmas, the children of Sacred Heart will give toys they have gathered to Santa who will take them to the children at Our Lady of Lourdes. The Pediatric Mobile Health Unit of the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood will serve as Santa’s sleigh and transport the toys to Our Lady of Lourdes.

WHO:  Santa Claus, children of Melrose Park and North Lawndale, employees of Loyola University Health System

WHEN:  Toy pickup takes place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18; toy drop-off takes place at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

WHERE:  Toy Pickup

Sacred Heart School (school courtyard), 815 N. 16th Ave., Melrose Park

Toy Drop-Off

Our Lady of Lourdes School, 1444 S. Keeler Ave., Chicago

HOW:  Media who are planning to attend should call Nora Dudley at (708) 417-5014.

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.