Friday, October 12, 2012

Loyola Receives Medal of Honor for Organ Donation and Transplantation

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Loyola University Medical Center has received a Medal of Honor for Organ Donation and Transplantation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Loyola received a Silver Medal for achieving and sustaining national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors.

Loyola and other award winners were recognized based on their performance on post-transplant survival rates, transplant rates and mortality rates after patients are placed on waiting lists.

"I applaud these award winners for bringing the 'gift of life' to so many," said HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh. "Their tireless efforts to make improvements in the donation and transplantation field will continue to help save lives."

Loyola's organ transplant program includes kidneys, hearts, lungs and livers.

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.