A âfamily reunionâ of those who were seriously injured in car and motorcycle crashes, stabbings, athletic practice and more come together to share stories, talk about their progress and celebrate lives saved thanks to Loyola University Medical Centerâs Trauma Program. More than 1,000 patients have been invited to the annual âLoyola Big Save Barbecueâ led by Dr. Thomas Esposito, chief of the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns in the Department of Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center.
Loyola is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Illinois that is verified by the American College of Surgeons, a distinction held by a select group nationwide. WHEN:
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20 WHERE:
Loyola University Health System, Stritch Cafeteria, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood, Ill. To attend, media must contact Stasia Thompson at (708) 417-5036. MEET:
Dan Garczek, 22, who endured 40 surgeries after losing his leg in a car crash, but now walks with a cane and counsels other young trauma patients. He is attending college with an eye towards medical school. Sharon Gautschy, executive director of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, who learned the value of trauma care firsthand when her brother was airlifted to Loyolaâs Trauma Center after a car crash pinned him under a truck for five hours. Told he would never walk again, Trent Gautschy, 41, and father of three, not only walks independently but is back at work as a pipefitter. Dr. Esposito, who leads the uniquely qualified medical staff at Loyola Level 1 Trauma Center.