Thursday, November 11, 2010

Loyola Transplant Groups Support Patients, Live Donors, Families and Caregivers

Meetings provide support, counseling, education and latest medical information

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Organ transplantation is a very emotionally demanding, physically challenging medical procedure that no one needs to experience alone. For those feeling overwhelmed, support groups provide opportunities to gain comfort and hope from listening to another patient’s experiences, sharing one’s own story or getting the latest information from medical professionals. Loyola University Health System, based in Maywood, Ill., offers a variety of free support groups for transplant patients, their families and caregivers as well as live-organ donors and donors’ families. A social worker, nurse or psychologist leads the groups, which also provide information and practical help. The groups include: Bone Marrow Transplant Caregiver Group – Group meets from 9-10 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays in the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center High-Dose Transplant Unit. For more information, call (708) 327-2133. Bone Marrow Transplant Group – Caregivers, relatives and friends of bone marrow transplant patients meet at noon on Fridays in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. For more information, call (708) 216-4776. Bone Marrow Transplant Patients – Group meets at noon on Fridays in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in the Cancer Center. For more information, call (708) 216-4776. Lung Transplant Support Group – Group meets at 7 p.m., the third Tuesday of every month, in Room 3284 of the Emergency Medical Service Building at Loyola University Hospital. For more information, call (708) 216-0417. Loyola also offers support groups for other medical conditions, including: Hepatitis C Support Group – Group meets from 6-7 p.m., the third Wednesday of every month, in the third-floor Medical Specialties unit in the Loyola Outpatient Center. For more information, call (708) 216-3438. Stroke Networking Support Group – Group meets at 6 p.m., the third Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November in Room 1036 in the Physicians Clinic in the Center for Heart and Vascular Medicine at Loyola University Hospital. The group meets to discuss relevant stroke-related topics. For more information, call (708) 216-4044. Burn Support Group – Group meets Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, every week, in the Burn Clinic, Room 1175, at Loyola University Hospital. Many former Loyola burn patients volunteer and are trained to offer one-on-one assistance in providing burn patients support, education and access to resources. For more information, call (708) 216-8739. Links of Hope – Group meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the second Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October and December. The group is designed for burn survivors and their families and offers open discussions and social activities. For more information, call (708) 216-8739. Registration is not required for any support group meeting. Refreshments are provided and parking is available. All meetings take place in facilities on the campus of Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood, Ill.

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.