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Sixth annual Loyola tennis tournament supports pediatric research

MAYWOOD, Ill. (Aug. 20, 2015) – Loyola University Health System will host its sixth annual tennis tournament at the Oak Park Tennis Club in support of clinical research for children.

The tournament will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Oak Park Tennis Club, 544 N. Harlem Ave., River Forest. Finals will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The tournament raises money for research at the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital at Loyola University Medical Center.

“This event brings together tennis enthusiasts and the Loyola family to enjoy an afternoon of fun and competitive tennis,” said Neeru Jayanthi, MD, event organizer and medical director of primary care sports medicine. "The tournament is available for all levels of players. We are especially excited to see junior competitive players involved, because in pediatrics research at Loyola, kids help kids.”

The round-robin tournament has two divisions: a junior/competitive division and an adult/recreational division. The format guarantees participants play all afternoon, but space is limited to 70 players.

“In addition to supporting research, this event helps bring awareness to the many services and leading-edge care provided by Loyola physicians and specialists,” said Jerold Stirling, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics. Trophies will be given to winning teams. Light refreshments will be served and tennis balls and T-shirts provided.

The entrance fee is $50 for non-student participants and $30 for students. For more information, email Chris Eggerding at; call (708) 327-9128; or register online.

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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