Medical Student-led Events Support Global Missions | Loyola Medicine
Monday, February 23, 2015

Loyola student-led theater and auction event supports global medical mission teams


With the theme “Queen of Hearts, Agents of Love,” the evening entertainment included dances, poems and reflections about the ISI experiences and expectations

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine students created and hosted a dinner theater experience and auction to raise money for the school’s annual International Service Immersion (ISI) trips on Feb. 12, 2015, which raised more than $30,000. With the theme “Queen of Hearts, Agents of Love,” the evening entertainment included dances, poems and reflections about the ISI experiences and expectations.

“February is such a festive time of year when we think about others. It’s a great time to come together as a community to support this important part of training these future doctors and nurses to think locally and globally about the kind of world we want to create together,” said Pauline Villapando, interim director of University Ministry at Stritch.

The first ISI trip was in 1993 with medical students. This year 42 students will team up with physicians and nurses to bring medical care to Guatemala, Haiti, Bolivia, Belize and the Dominican Republic. In addition, several students will be heading out on global field experience trips. The goals are for students to immerse themselves in a different culture to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Students work alongside medical practitioners already in those countries to provide care and medical education to the underserved while learning from the people in those communities.

At the “Queen of Hearts. Agents of Love” event everything from song parodies to stomp numbers to reflective poems echoed the students’ enthusiasm and desire to bring medical help to communities around the world and to become better physicians and people.

“Hearing that the students understand what these trips are about is affirmation that they make a difference in the lives of our students. They get it – these trips have meaning beyond being an experience or memory,” Villapando said.

In addition to the dinner theater, donated items were auctioned off during live, silent and online auctions. Items included dinner with physician faculty in their homes, vacation getaways including a week’s stay in Mexico, gift baskets, homemade pottery and gift certificates.

“The event celebrates the spirit of Loyola. The support from staff, faculty, students and the Loyola community is humbling and we are all so thankful. It really does take a village to not only train students, but to send them out into the world as agents of change,” said Villapando.

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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.