Thursday, October 14, 2010

Trauma Victims and Medical Staff Who Cared For Them To Celebrate Recovery

Hundreds expected to turn out for Loyola’s Fall Festival of Life

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Trauma is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It creates a substantial burden in lost productivity, increased disabilities and the consumption of health-care resources.

Each year, hundreds of adults and pediatric patients receive life-saving care in the Level I Trauma Center at Loyola University Medical Center. To honor those who overcame the adversity of trauma, hundreds of former patients and the physicians, surgeons, nurses and staff who helped cared for them will come together this weekend to celebrate the first Fall Festival of Life: Honoring Our Trauma Patients.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17, in the cafeteria of the Stritch School of Medicine, which is on the campus of Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

Hundreds of patients are expected to attend the event that will feature patient testimonials, refreshments, entertainment and small giveaways.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part 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 a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.