Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tellabs Foundation Awards Loyola Hospital Major Grant for Preemie Care

MAYWOOD, Ill. - A recent $250,000 grant from the Tellabs Foundation of Naperville, Ill., will help address the needs of tiny patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital at Loyola University Medical Center.

“Education, technology and health care are our funding priorities. Put that together with Loyola’s outstanding reputation in neonatal care and it was a win/win to award this grant,” said Meredith Hilt, executive director of the foundation.

A major portion of the Tellabs Foundation grant will be used to purchase specially designed Giraffe® Omnibeds at a cost of approximately $38,000 each. The remainder will fund the purchase of precise syringe pumps at a cost of $3,000 each.

The Omnibeds provide uniform radiant heat and humidity control that mimics the womb environment; an integrated scale for monitoring weight; a rotating mattress; four portholes that facilitate care while maintaining temperature and humidity; an integrated X-ray cassette tray; and height controls to facilitate both care and nurturing. The syringe pumps allow a large filled syringe to be fitted into a pump, which can deliver smooth, accurate infusions of less than 0.5 mL (one-tenth of a teaspoon) per hour if needed.

“One of our greatest challenges in caring for preemies is the need for specialized equipment like this,” said Marc Weiss, MD, the NICU’s medical director. “It might seem obvious, but even many medical professionals don’t stop to think about how the patient’s size affects everything. Standard issue equipment just doesn’t work for a child who weighs 9.2 ounces."

With the vision of benefactors like Tellabs Foundation, Loyola plans to continue its record of exemplary care for some of the Chicago area’s tiniest patients.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member 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 one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.