Thursday, November 4, 2010

Loyola Pitches In To Give The Gift Of Warmth To The Needy

Donors can drop off gently used coats, hats and gloves at Homer Glen, Orland Park centers

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Forecasters are predicting that this coming winter will be colder, icier and snowier than recent years across the Midwest. Combined with the slow economy, many people will be hard-pressed to obtain clothing that is warm enough to get them through the next few months. To help out, the Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen and the Loyola Center for Health at Orland Park are collecting donations of gently used winter coats, hats and gloves to benefit the MorningStar Mission Ministries in Joliet. Donations are being accepted through Monday, Nov. 15. “This is our way of bringing Loyola out to the community by helping people who are in a great deal of need,” said Jan Gora, RN, one of the Loyola employees who helped organize the coat drive, now in its third year. MorningStar Mission Ministries is a non-denominational organization that serves the homeless and less fortunate in Joliet and surrounding areas in Will County. It provides food for the hungry and clothing and shelter for the homeless. “A lot of us live in this area. Working in our own community is a good feeling,” Gora said. “MorningStar is a local place that’s doing a lot of good for a lot of people so we thought we’d give them a hand.” Winter clothing of all sizes is being accepted, though there is a particular need for children’s wear. Clothing is being accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at: Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen, 15750 Marian Drive. Loyola Center for Health at Orland Park 16621 S. 107th Ct. For more information, call (708) 645-3400.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part 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 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.