Loyola to Host Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Reunion 2018
Monday, June 18, 2018

Loyola to Host Picnic for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Graduates and Their Caregivers

before and after of nicu patient

MAYWOOD, IL –  Vanessa Naples was only 25 weeks pregnant when she was transferred to Loyola Medicine to deliver her daughter Alanna.

Alanna was born at 1 pound, 4 ounces and would spend 80 days in Loyola's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). During that time she underwent a procedure to fix a hole in the aorta. Ms. Naples said the clinicians at Loyola's NICU helped her feel at home during those uncertain days.

"They were very calming," Ms. Naples said. "I never felt any panic when Alanna was being cared for."

Alanna, age 3, will return to Loyola on Sunday, June 24 at 1 pm when Loyola celebrates a NICU reunion with former families and their caregivers.

"It's great to have the opportunity to show the nurses and doctors what their hard work did," Ms. Naples said. "Their exceptional care is the reason Alanna is doing so well today."

The reunion will be held at Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Avenue, Maywood, on the grounds between the hospital and the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Families who are interested in attending should contact Angel Lampkin-Kwabena, RN, at alampki@lumc.edu.

"The reunion is special not just for the families but for our staff as well," Ms. Lampkin-Kwabena said. "Many of the babies have prolonged stays in our unit and we forge close relationships with the families during that time. It's always great to see them flourishing and reconnect with their families."

Loyola's Level III, 50-bed NICU offers the latest technology, therapies and techniques, and serves as a national model for specialized protocols and practices in the care of premature infants. The unit recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.

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 94 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 133,000 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.