WHAT: Some patients come to our Emergency Department with such severe injuries that when they survive they are seen as “Big Saves.” More than 100 patients who have survived gunshot wounds, stabbings, and car and motorcycle crashes will celebrate with their families and fellow trauma survivors Saturday, Sept. 28. They will reunite with the Loyola trauma surgeons and nurses who cared for them at a critical time in their lives. Over hot dogs and hamburgers at Loyola’s Big Save BBQ you will hear stories of how Loyola patients cheated death.
More than 500 patients from Oak Park to the inner city of Chicago have been invited to the annual “Loyola Big Save Barbecue” led by Dr. Thomas Esposito, chief, Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns, in the Department of Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center.
Loyola’s Emergency Department cared for about 63,000 patients last year and is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Illinois that is verified by the American College of Surgeons, a distinction held by a select group nationwide.
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28.
WHERE: Loyola University Health System Stritch Cafeteria, Cuneo Building, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood, Ill.
To attend, please contact Stasia Thompson at (708) 417-5036.
MEET: Gunshot wound victims, car crash survivors, motorcycle injury patients and many more who have survived horrific injuries. High school athletes, gang violence victims and great-grandmothers are united in that they all have beat the odds to triumph over what many would say was the worst day of their lives. Celebrate these authentic Chicago stories of hope. And Dr. Thomas Esposito, who leads the uniquely qualified medical staff at Loyola’s Level 1 Trauma Center, will be there to welcome back all Loyola patients.