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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Loyola Patients Hoping to Bring Home the Gold from 2016 Transplant Games

MAYWOOD, IL –  Four years ago at the Donate Life Transplant Games of America, liver transplant patient Geno Bianchi won gold medals in volleyball and doubles bowling and a silver medal in basketball.

Mr. Bianchi, 28, will be competing in the same three events in the 2016 Transplant Games June 10-15 in Cleveland. This year, he hopes to win three golds.

“I’m very excited to be going again,” said Mr. Bianchi, who lives in Elmhurst, Illinois. Mr. Bianchi underwent a liver transplant at Loyola University Medical Center in 2010 after suddenly experiencing liver failure.

A second Loyola transplant patient, Donna Stout, also will compete for Team Illinois in the 2016 Transplant Games. Ms. Stout received a heart transplant in 2007.

The Transplant Games promote awareness for organ and tissue donation and showcase transplantation as a treatment that works. Competition is open to transplant recipients who have received transplants at least nine months prior to the games and have been cleared by their doctors to participate. Living donors also can compete.

In preparation for the 2016 Transplant Games, Mr. Bianchi has been bowling and playing basketball regularly. His bowling average is 175. On the basketball court, he’s a 5-foot-7-inch shooting guard.

Ms. Stout, 58, has competed in the 2010, 2012 and 2014 Transplant Games in various events, including swimming, corn hole (bean bag toss), trivia and badminton. This year, she will compete in the 50-meter backstroke, corn hole, bocce ball and darts events.

 “I’m hoping to win a medal this year in something,” she said. “But even if I don’t, the Transplant Games is an amazing thing to attend and be a part of.”

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

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.