Friday, August 8, 2014

Loyola treats human spirit with Step-up amputee support group

Loyola's Step-up amputee support group offers group therapy and peer support for patients who have had an amputation. Members have regular meetings and group outings.

Orthopaedic surgeon Michael Pinzur, MD, explains how the program began.

After an amputation, patients frequently are scared and don't know what to expect. A peer visitor – a volunteer who also has had an amputation – will meet and talk with the patient right after surgery, offering encouragement.

Peer counselor Dennis Sitar says that one of the most difficult periods for a patient is when they transition into a rehabilitation program, when it's common to encounter anger, depression and fear. Patients say it's helpful to talk with another patient who has had the same experience.

For more information on the program, call (708) 216-3826.

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.