Reunite NICU Families at Health, Hope and Heroes 5K | Loyola Medicine
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Loyola to Reunite NICU Families at Health, Hope and Heroes 5K

Amaziah Garcia

Amaziah Garcia, a former NICU baby after being born at just 23 weeks, is one of Loyola’s 5K heroes.

MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola University Medical Center will host a NICU reunion on Sunday, June 5 in conjunction with the Health, Hope and Heroes 5K Run/Walk. 
NICU families – both current and former – are invited to join “Team Baby Steps.” The gathering allows for them to re-connect with former hospital caregivers and share experiences with other NICU families while raising money for Loyola pediatrics programs.
“You can talk to your friends, but if they haven’t experienced this, there’s only so much they can tell you,” said Angela Kelly, a NICU nurse for nine years. “Sometimes there’s only so much we (as nurses) can tell them, too. It’s great for the families to bond and talk about what they are going through.”

Get more information about signing up for “Team Baby Steps.” 

In addition to the 5K gathering, Loyola resumed its NICU Support Group in October 2015. The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month and includes former and current NICU families. The most recent meeting had 18 attendees plus three NICU “graduates.”
The meetings include speakers who talk on a range of specialized topics, including physical therapy, lactation and follow-up care. An open forum has also yielded positive feedback, with parents and family members able to share stories and advice.
Loyola’s 50-bed neonatal ICU cares for the sickest babies, offering the latest technology, therapies and techniques. It serves as a national model for special protocols and practices in the care of premature infants. 

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 92 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 129,000 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.