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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Loyola provides team physicians to both teams in NCAA volleyball championship

MAYWOOD, IL – (May 11, 2015) Loyola University Medical Center sports medicine physician Pietro Tonino, MD, is the long-time team physician for the Loyola University Chicago Ramblers, who won their second straight NCAA men’s volleyball championship Saturday.

But Dr. Tonino wasn’t cheering for the Ramblers when they defeated the Lewis University Flyers 3-2 in a thrilling match. The reason is because Dr. Tonino also is the longtime team physician for the Flyers.

“I was strictly neutral,” Dr. Tonino said. Dr. Tonino is program director of Sports Medicine and a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Throughout the season, Dr. Tonino and other Loyola sports medicine physicians treated injuries and taught injury-prevention techniques to both teams. Volleyball injuries are not as frequent as injuries in contact sports such as football, Dr. Tonino said. But injuries still occur, especially in the shoulders.

Dr. Tonino has been team physician at Lewis University since 1989 and at Loyola since 1990, serving men’s and women’s athletic teams. Other Loyola physicians who serve as team doctors for Loyola and Lewis universities include Nate Jones, MD; Douglas Evans, MD; Haemi Choi, MD, James Winger, MD; Nickolas Garbis, MD; Adam Schiff, MD; and Paul Belich, MD. Dr. Choi, a primary care physician who specializes in sports medicine, was in Stanford, Ca., for Saturday’s championship volleyball game, and provided care for both teams.

In addition to Loyola and Lewis universities, Loyola sports medicine physicians also are team doctors for the University of St. Francis in Joliet.

Loyola sports medicine specialists provide comprehensive orthopaedic and sports medicine expertise to all levels, up to and including professional athletes. Loyola stresses immediate or same-day access and early intervention to provide accurate diagnosis and proper, timely treatment.

Loyola sports medicine orthopaedic surgeons, primary care physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists provide services to prevent injuries, maintain physical health and optimize performance. They diagnose, treat and provide rehabilitation designed to accelerate return to activities. Loyola surgeons have extensive experience with the latest minimally invasive and advanced surgical techniques that will allow return to sport, activity or job with minimal downtime.

Patients can receive immediate treatment for sports injuries Loyola’s four immediate care centers, located at River Forest, Burr Ridge and Homer Glen.

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.