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13 Gunshot Victims in 30 Minutes

Loyola Trauma Surgeon to Speak at Maywood Anti-Violence Block Party

WHAT:  In the span of just 30 minutes last night, 13 Chicagoans were injured due to gunshot in what continues to be the worst spate of violence in the nation. A Maywood pastor is holding an anti-violence block party where a mother who lost a son to gunfire and a trauma surgeon from Loyola University Medical Center are among those who will share their firsthand experience with violence.

Dr. Thomas Esposito, chief, Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns, in Loyola’s Department of Surgery,  has treated hundreds of gunshot wound victims. “I recently was reunited with a Maywood resident who was shot eight times during an attempted robbery and drove himself to Loyola,” Esposito said. “Our trauma team guided him through a very complex and difficult, but thankfully successful, journey to recovery. While he appears healthy now, he will always have the physical and emotional scars.

Loyola’s Emergency Department cared for 53,000 patients last year with more than 2,000 patients requiring trauma center care and many others with less serious injuries.

Loyola 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:  11:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25

WHERE:  St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 236 S. 13th Avenue, Maywood

To attend, contact Stasia Thompson at (708) 417-5036

MEET:  Dr. Thomas Esposito, who leads the uniquely qualified medical staff at Loyola’s Level 1 Trauma Center

Dozens of Maywood family members, young and old, who want to take back the streets of their neighborhoods.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member 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. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. 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 the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC 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.

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