Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Loyola University Chicago Nursing and Medical Students To Teach The Community About Their Health

Students and faculty to hold health fairs at area schools

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Chicago nursing, dietetic and medical students will teach the community about the importance of healthy living at two upcoming health fairs.

“The health fairs will expose area students and the community to different aspects of health and wellness,” said Sandra Manogura, master’s student, MNSON. “The health fairs also may provide us as aspiring health-care professionals with insight into the unique needs of our future patients.”

One fair will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17, at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School at 1852 W. 22nd Place in Chicago. The other will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, at St. Procopius School at 1625 S. Allport St. in Chicago.

“It is our responsibility as Jesuit health-care providers and educators to offer underserved populations health services, which they might not otherwise receive,” said Sandi Tenfelde, PhD, RN, WHNP, assistant professor, MNSON. “The health fairs provide us with an outlet to give back to people of all ages who are in need of health education, screenings and access to care.”

Nursing, dietetic and medical students and faculty will be on hand to educate children and the community about their health. This allows Loyola students to serve as role models and work side by side with area young people who may pursue careers in the health profession one day.

“The health fairs will take place at the beginning of flu season, which is a critical time to educate the public about flu prevention and get them vaccinated,” said Gail Hanson, MSN, RN, instructor, MNSON. “These fairs will allow us to serve as advocates for the community and extend our health services beyond the walls of the health system.”

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.