Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Stritch Medical Students Give Back and Fall into Fun

Maywood Pumpkin Patch Picnic and Parade Bolstered by Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Students

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) students are leaving the books behind to fall into the new season with the Maywood community. Helping with the annual Maywood Fine Arts Association (MFAA) Pumpkin Patch Picnic and Parade Walk for the Arts is just one more way SSOM students are impacting lives while raising funds for a neighborhood organization. “We want to find ways to give back to our amazing community and this is a great opportunity for our students to see another kind of organization making a difference,” said Virginia McCarthy, chaplain SSOM Ministry Center for Service and Global Health. “The kids love the one-on-one attention and it’s so encouraging to see our students making these personal connections.” The parade will highlight the talents of MFAA participants followed by a picnic for families and kids taking part in the walk. SSOM students will contribute in a variety of ways from blocking off streets for the parade route to helping with a jump rope competition to playing tag in a corn maze.

The kick-off rally will start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 10 followed by the parade at 11:00 a.m.

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.