Patients Win Four Medals at 2016 Transplant Games | Loyola Medicine
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Loyola Patients Win Four Medals at 2016 Transplant Games

Heart transplant patient Donna Stout (left) and liver transplant patient Geno Bianchi at the 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games of America in Cleveland

MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine liver transplant patient Geno Bianchi won three medals – a gold, a silver and a bronze – at the 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games of America in Cleveland.
Mr. Bianchi won a gold medal in doubles bowling after bowling an average of 183 in three games. In adult co-ed basketball, Mr. Bianchi played shooting guard on Illinois’ team, which won a silver medal. In volleyball, Mr. Bianchi scored the last five points for Illinois as it defeated Texas 15-10 in the decisive third game of its match for the bronze medal.
Loyola heart transplant patient Donna Stout, competing in her fourth Transplant Games, won her first medal – a bronze in bocce. “It was a great feeling,” she said. “It makes you want to keep coming back.”
Mr. Bianchi said he plans to compete in the World Transplant Games next year in Malaga, Spain.
Mr. Bianchi, who lives in Elmhurst, Illinois, underwent a liver transplant at Loyola University Medical Center in 2010 after suddenly experiencing liver failure. Ms. Stout received her heart transplant at Loyola in 2007.
The Transplant Games promote awareness for organ and tissue donation and showcase transplantation as a treatment that works. Competition is open to transplant recipients who have received transplants at least nine months prior to the games and have been cleared by their doctors to participate. Living donors also can compete.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, 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. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.