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Loyola Honors Rehab Patients of the Year

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Loyola University Medical Center honored 45 extraordinary rehabilitation patients during its 2012 Annual Rehabilitation Patient of the Year celebration.

"This is our favorite event of the year," said Steve Gnatz, MD, division director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. "Everyone has a great story."

Each week, Loyola's rehab unit names a Patient of the Week, and 45 of these patients returned to be honored as Patients of the Year.

Through hard work and determination, the patients have made enormous progress rehabilitating from conditions such as stroke, trauma, amputations, congenital disorders and major surgery.

"You motivate us," Deena Hassaballa, DO, told the patients. "You make us want to work harder."

Dr. Hassaballa is a third-year resident. Other speakers included Paul Gorski, administrative director; Mary Vondriska, interim RN manager; Kathy Xenakis, RN, PPS coordinator; and Allison Bresnahan, PT. The Rev. Lee Smits, Pastoral Care and Education, gave the blessing and prayer, and Meghan Corley, PT, and Dr. Gnatz presented patients with gifts.

"You have inspired us all for another year," Gorski said. "You have transformed yourself, and you have transformed us."

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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