Gift of Hope Transplant Center

Loyola University Medical Center

Caring for the whole patient has always been the goal of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. Drawing upon their Jesuit heritage, Loyola’s goal is to offer compassionate care for the mind, body and spirit. This nationally ranked medical center with 547 licensed beds also serves as a training center for the next generation of medical professionals through teaching programs for more than 520 residents and 2,400 students, allied health professionals, paramedics and chaplains annually. The hospital has earned numerous national awards for outstanding patient care including being named as one of the 120 Top Teaching Hospitals for 2019 by the Leapfrog Group, an honor given to less than 6 percent of eligible hospitals in the United States. Loyola University Medical Center has four nationally ranked specialties and is high performing in 10 other specialties, conditions and procedures according to the U.S. News and World Report’s 2019-20 Best Hospitals Ranking.

Among the many medical specialties offered at Loyola are their extensive organ transplant programs. The hospital has one of the largest heart transplant programs in Illinois and has a one-year patient survival rate higher than both the national rate and the rates of other Chicago-area heart transplant centers, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. Since starting their lung transplant program in 1988, Loyola has performed more than 1,000 lung and heart-lung transplants. Loyola currently offers transplant programs for hearts, livers, lungs and kidneys.

Loyola University Medical Center partners with Gift of Hope, a not-for-profit organ procurement organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation and provides public education on donation in Illinois and northwest Indiana. It is one of the 180 hospitals that work to meet the organ transplant needs of the more than 12 million people who live in the service area. Since being founded in 1986, Gift of Hope has saved the lives of more than 23,000 organ transplant recipients, but there are still more than 4,000 people on organ and tissue donation waiting lists in the area and 113,000 people on nationwide lists. To learn more about organ and tissue donation, visit

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