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 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 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 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.