Monday, September 30, 2013

Loyola performs 750th lung transplant

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Medical Center has performed its 750th lung transplant, a milestone that places Loyola first in Illinois by a wide margin, and among an elite handful of lung transplant centers worldwide.

The 750th patient was John Bauer, 66, of Manteno, Ill., who before the transplant had needed an oxygen tank for five years. He now is looking forward to doing normal activities again, such as riding a bike, taking a walk and traveling with his wife, Sue.

John and Sue Bauer have been married for 35 years. They have four children and eight grandchildren, with two more grandchildren on the way.

“I have a sense of relief now that I will be able to be with my wife and kids and grandkids for years to come,” he said.

Dr. Michael Eng, who performed the lung transplant, said Bauer’s prognosis is excellent and he should enjoy a normal life. “Mr. Bauer’s case is very typical of what we have been doing at Loyola for a long time,” Eng said.

Bauer’s lung condition began as a mild case of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. He was still able to work six or seven days a week as an insurance claims supervisor. After being hospitalized with double pneumonia, however, his COPD progressed and he was forced to retire. But since receiving a left lung transplant, Bauer has been able to breath normally again.

Loyola’s 750 transplants include single-lung transplants, double-lung transplants and heart-lung transplants. Of the 107 U.S. transplant programs reporting lung transplant programs, Loyola has the ninth largest cumulative volume, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Loyola’s multidisciplinary Lung Transplantation team provides patient-centered care and individualized treatment plans. The team includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, pulmonologists, transplant nurse coordinators, nurse practitioners, procurement nurses, chaplains, perfusionists, physical therapists, dietitians, financial coordinators, psychologists, clinical pharmacists, social workers, support groups and home-care nurses.

“It’s an awesome team,” Bauer said. “I have total confidence in everybody. I can’t overemphasize how great the entire staff here has been and how much concern they all have shown for me.”

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.