Friday, September 27, 2013

Trauma Patients Celebrate Life after Dramatic Close Calls

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.

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 that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, 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.

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 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.