Loyola Sets Record for Lung Transplants in 2014 | Loyola Medicine
Thursday, January 8, 2015

Loyola sets state record for lung transplants in 2014

MAYWOOD, Ill. (January 8, 2015) – Loyola University Medical Center performed 51 lung transplants in 2014, the most ever by a single center in Illinois.

The previous Illinois record for lung transplants performed in a single year, also set by Loyola, was 50 lung transplants in 1993.

Loyola tied the record Dec. 26 when it performed its 50th lung transplant in 2014. Jeffrey Schwartz, MD, performed a double-lung transplant on John A. Williams, 57, of Peoria, Ill. Mr. Williams had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and for years required supplementary oxygen. Prior to his transplant, walking only 100 feet would leave Mr. Williams gasping for breath.

Mr. Williams, 57, is looking forward to fishing, gardening and doing ordinary tasks like grocery shopping and fixing things around the house. “I’m breathing a lot better now,” he said.

The record was broken Dec. 30 when Michael Eng, MD, performed a right-lung transplant on Michael W. Johnson, 62, of Green Bay, Wis. Mr. Johnson had COPD that first began during his teens. He had spent the last six years on supplemental oxygen. Mr. Johnson plans to return to work in a semi-retired position at Murphy Development Inc. He’s looking forward to playing with his grandchildren and going fishing for the first time in years.

The new record is the latest in a series of milestones for Loyola’s lung transplant program:

  • Loyola performed the state’s first lung transplant in 1988, and the first double-lung transplant in Illinois in 1990.
  • In 2007, Loyola performed the first simultaneous double-lung/kidney transplant in Illinois.
  • In 2009, Loyola became one of only five centers in the United States to transplant its 600th lung.
  • In May 2014, Loyola became the only center in Illinois to perform five lung transplants in little more than 24 hours.
  • Loyola has performed more than 800 lung transplants, by far the most of any center in Illinois. 

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, 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. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.