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 with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, 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 a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 91 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.