Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Loyola's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Welcomes Back Old Friends, Families

Hundreds of former 'preemies" and their families will celebrate medical staff that helped them to survive and thrive

Hundreds of people who began life as fragile "preemies" clinging to life in Loyola's neonatal intensive care unit return with their families and friends to celebrate with the nurses, physicians and staff who helped them to survive and thrive during the 31st Annual NICU Reunion.

The free reunion take place from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, in Rooms 150 and 160, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

The reunion is open to all and will include former patients ranging in age from a few months to their early 30s. The day will feature food and beverages, arts and crafts and fun family activities. Children and adults in Halloween costumes are welcome. Stroller parking and changing stations will be available for the convenience of moms and dads.

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.