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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Loyola Medicine Honors Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

Herb Massin
MAYWOOD, IL – Herb Massin has spent nearly 1,000 hours volunteering at Loyola University Medical Center, helping patients from infancy to the final hours of life.
Loyola Medicine will honor Mr. Massin during National Volunteer Week April 7-13.
Mr. Massin, 80, of LaGrange Park, Illinois, is a former Army artillery captain and retired nuclear engineer. During the past five years, he has spent 985 hours volunteering in the pediatrics unit and as a compassionate companion in the No One Dies Alone program.
"I'm a guy off the street who cares," he said.
During the 2018 fiscal year, 270 volunteers spent 16,414 hours volunteering at Loyola University Medical Center and outpatient sites. Volunteers:
-          Visit with patients to help ease wait times and the hospital experience
-          Support children's activities in the pediatrics unit
-          Greet and assist visitors at information desks and in clinical departments
-          Provide pet therapy to patients
-          Comfort patients on hospital floors and in the Emergency Department
-          Support families in surgical waiting rooms
-          Provide spiritual comfort by serving as Eucharistic Ministers
-          Cuddle and sooth premies in the neonatal intensive care unit
-          Comfort patients as No One Dies Alone compassionate companions
"We honor Herb and all of our volunteers" said Sara Schad, manager of patient and volunteer engagement. "They are a vital link in the chain of service and caring."

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 92 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 129,000 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.