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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Vietnam honors Loyola orthopaedic surgeon

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Every year for the past seven years, Loyola University Medical Center orthopaedic surgeon Pietro Tonino, MD, has travelled to Vietnam to see patients and teach arthroscopic surgery techniques to physicians.

Now, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health is awarding Dr. Tonino its Medal for Vietnamese People’s Health in recognition of Dr. Tonino’s “great contributions to the development of Vietnam’s health sector.”

Arthroscopic surgery (also known as arthroscopy) is a minimally invasive technique to examine and sometimes repair joint problems. A camera attached to a narrow tube enables the surgeon to see inside the joint. The surgeon can repair joint damage with thin surgical instruments inserted through additional small incisions.

Dr. Tonino has performed more than 10,000 arthroscopies since 1987. He has taught the technique to about 350 Vietnamese orthopaedic surgeons, who in turn are teaching arthroscopy to other surgeons.

In Vietnam, Dr. Tonino also teaches diagnostic skills and how to communicate with patients.

“This program is not only about arthroscopy, but also about how to respect and treat our patients like they are members of our family,” Dr. Tonino said.

Dr. Tonino is program director of Sports Medicine and a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

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.