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 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.