Monday, October 19, 2009

Stritch School of Medicine Students and Faculty Give Thanks for Ultimate Gift

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Gives Blessing as Gross Anatomy Class Begins

Gross anatomy class is a rite of passage for all medical students, but at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) it’s so much more. Deeply-rooted in the Catholic tradition and Jesuit heritage, the entree into gross anatomy is a time for reflection on the sanctity of life. As the first year students prepared to enter the anatomy lab for the first time a dedication and blessing ceremony was held to honor those who have donated their bodies to the education of SSOM students.

“Our medical center’s mission is inscribed in its mission statement: we believe in God’s presence in all our work. Apply that to what you begin today as you work in the laboratory,” said University Ministry Chaplain Jack O’Callaghan during the blessing ceremony. “Loving God, we ask you to gift us with reverence for these bodies as we work with them, and with keen understanding of what they have to teach us.”

The ceremony also was an opportunity to give thanks to those who even in their death bring life to others through the education of future physicians.

“There is no greater gift, no larger measure of support than to give one’s own body. These people who have gifted their bodies to us must have had a great deal of faith in us,” said Colette Harrington, first-year medical student. “To receive such a profound gift should not only garner our respect, but spur us on to excellence in our pursuit to help others.”

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.