Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Stritch Students Taking Part in Washington March

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Students Join Health Care Workers from Across the Nation in Support of Patients

Eight Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine students will join hundreds of health care professionals from across the country in a march to support patients in the fight for health-care reform.

“We all have different ideas about how health care needs to be reformed, but we are united in knowing that our current system is broken and something has to be done to fix it,” said Nate Kittle, second-year medical student at Stritch. “That’s what this march is all about. It’s about being advocates for our patients and making sure they get the care they need.”

The students will be joining doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and other health-care workers who will march from the White House down Pennsylvania Avenue to Capitol Hill on Monday, March 22nd.

Part of the mission of Stritch is to train physicians to not only be excellent clinicians, but advocates for their patients, understanding a patient is more than an illness and treating the whole person.

“This debate will greatly impact my future and who knows what health care will look like in 20 years, but everyone should have access to health care. No matter our ideas or party lines this is something we can all come together on,” said Kittle.

Students start drive to Washington on Saturday, March 20th at 4:00 pm.

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.