Triplets Celebrate 1st Birthday with NICU Caregivers | Loyola Medicine
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Triplets Celebrate First Birthday with Loyola Medicine NICU Caregivers


MAYWOOD, IL – Cake and presents were multiplied by three when Kyle, Finn and Ava Santiago returned as the guests of honor at a special first birthday party hosted recently at Loyola University Medical Center.

The reunion was very special for the Santiago triplets, who were born six weeks premature and spent about a month in Loyola’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) before going home last Christmas Eve.

"It's one of our favorite things as nurses to be able to see the babies we took care of in the NICU growing up happy and healthy," Cynthia Eichelberger, RN, said. "They will always be part of our Loyola family."

In 30 years, Loyola's NICU has cared for 500 sets of triplets, 10 sets of quadruplets, two sets of quintuplets, five sets of conjoined twins and thousands of twins.

Watch the story of the Santiago triplets.

After cake, parents Brandon and Heather Santiago delivered presents to the current families in the NICU.

"We can't say enough good things about Loyola," Heather Santiago said.

Mrs. Santiago received her prenatal care from Loyola’s multidisciplinary maternal-fetal team, which includes doctors, sonographers, genetic counselors, pediatric subspecialists, perinatologists, neonatologists and nurses.

She originally was scheduled to give birth by cesarean section on December 21, 2015. But after she developed preeclampsia (high blood pressure), which put her at risk for stroke, kidney failure and other serious complications, her C-section was moved up to December 6, 2015.

Finn (4 pounds, 2 ounces) was born first, followed by Kyle (4 pounds, 14 ounces) and Ava, (3 pounds, 14 ounces). The babies went home on Christmas Eve with their parents and big brother Liam.

"The NICU was phenomenal," Brandon Santiago said. "Everybody was professional and nice all the time. "You could tell they love their job."

Loyola Medicine’s board-certified neonatologists are nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in neonatology, or neonatal care. As a Level III Perinatal Center, Loyola offers the latest technology, therapies and techniques and serves as a national model for specialized protocols and practices in the care of premature infants. We care for more than 300 critically ill newborns each year. Our 50-bed NICU is known for the care of extremely premature babies and newborns with medical conditions such as jaundice or anemia.

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.