Cash, check and credit cards accepted at time of appointment—insurance will not be billed. This offer is valid though Dec. 31, 2010. Excludes Medicare and Medicaid patients. A doctor’s order is required. Don’t have a doctor? Click here for a free referral.
We know directions to our site can be tricky, especially with the changes happening everyday to our replacement campus. No worries, hopefully we can guide your Garmin into our parking lots….and in case we can’t, please call us for directions!
Attend a Free Urinary Incontinence Program on Oct. 21
Urinary incontinence, or loss of bladder control, is a frustrating problem for more than 13 million Americans. The severity of urinary incontinence ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that’s so sudden and strong you don’t get to a toilet in time.
Never knowing when and where you might have an accident can impact everything from work to exercise to your social calendar. While urinary incontinence can affect everyone, this condition is twice as common in women, and all ages are at risk.
“It is very important for women to understand that early intervention can limit urinary incontinence” says Dr. Sandra Culbertson, urogynecologist with University of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital. Urinary incontinence isn’t a disease, it’s a symptom. It can be produced by everyday habits, underlying medical conditions or physical problems.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from Urinary Incontinence:
Loss of urine when you exert pressure on your bladder by coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising or lifting something heavy.
A sudden, intense urge to urinate, followed by an involuntary loss of urine. Your bladder muscle contracts and may give you a warning of only a few seconds to a minute to reach a toilet.
You frequently or constantly dribble urine, which is an inability to empty your bladder. Sometimes you may feel as if you never completely empty your bladder. When you try to urinate, You may produce only a weak stream of urine.
leaking of urine, day and night, or the periodic uncontrollable leaking of large volumes of urine.
Join Dr. Sandra Culbertson on Thursday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health for an intimate discussion on urinary incontinence. She will address various treatment methods and answer any questions you may have. Click here to register to attend or call 1-888-660-HEAL.
Posted on : 09-24-2010 | By : tsimons | In : Video
New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann, talks with Paul Pawlak, Silver Cross President/CEO, about the construction progress and new services that will be available when the replacement hospital opens in February 2012. The video is embedded below, but if you’d prefer to watch it on YouTube, click here.
Ladies, high cholesterol is not just a man’s problem.
It’s important to understand the difference between “good” and “bad” cholesterol and to know the levels of “good” and “bad” cholesterol in your blood. Too much of one type — or not enough of another — can put you at risk for coronary heart disease, heart attack or stroke.
Cholesterol comes from two sources: your body and food. Your liver and other cells in your body make about 75 percent of blood cholesterol. The other 25 percent comes from the foods you eat.
A cholesterol screening measures your level of HDL and LDL. HDL is the “good” cholesterol which helps keep the LDL (bad) cholesterol from getting lodged into your artery walls. A healthy level of HDL may also protect against heart attack and stroke, while low levels of HDL ( less than 50 mg/dL for women) have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease.
Take charge of your health. Sign up for your $40 baseline caridovascular risk assessment today by calling (815) 740-7076. This screening includes a 12-lead EKG, HDL/LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, blood glucose level, body mass index (BMI), history and lifestyle evaluation,and a personal phone consultation with a cardiovascular nurse. Screenings are available in three convenient locations:
Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, New Lenox
Brown Cardiovascular Institute, Joliet
Silver Cross Health Center–Homer Glen
And, if you are an I Matter member, will receive an additional 5% off at over 150 local businesses–all for just taking care your health! Know your cholesterol status, because YOU matter.
We have designed the rooms in the new hospital to help patients heal faster. Now we will be able to find out just how much! Over the next 18-months, patients, visitors and caregivers will have an opportunity to try out a mock-patient room on the 6th floor of the current hospital.
“This is the time to get feedback so we can make any necessary changes before we build-out all 289-private patient rooms,” said Mary Shanahan, Administrative Director of Nursing. “We want to build the safest and most efficient room that will allow us to give the best possible care to our patients and their family members.”
The mock-room is the same size as a medical-surgical room in the new hospital and has been retrofitted down to the very last detail—even the placement of the window. We want to be able to test out as many new pieces of equipment and furniture as possible including:
• Hand-rails to assist the patient to the bathroom
• Chairs and couches
• Lighting—both surgical and ambient
• Foot wall with sink for hand-washing
• New patient lift
• Wood-like flooring in the room
• Bathroom with a door—no curtain
• 30” flat-screen TV system
The room has been designed to be acuity-adaptable, which means that we will have the space, supplies and staff to deliver the appropriate level of care to the patient rather than transfer the patient between units as needs change. And, as we get closer to the opening, we will even be performing some procedures at the bedside. This will give us an opportunity to fine-tune our processes now so we are ready when the new hospital opens in February 2012. Read more.
Osteoporosis is a disease which can cause your bones to grow weak and fragile. Researchers estimate that about 1 out of every 5 American women over the age of 50 has osteoporosis.
Women continue to build bone mass until their 30s, after that it is important to continue to maintain your bone mass. This means consuming enough calcium, eating healthy, and living an active lifestyle.
To increase the amount of calcium you are getting, increase your intake of dairy products and leafy green vegetables. Also, adding a multi-vitamin or mineral supplement of Vitamins D and K will help keep bones strong.
Exercise is key to help prevent bone loss. Some exercises to try are:
Balancing exercises – yoga, double leg press, exercise ball, tai chi
Resistance exercises – weight machines, free weights, calf raises, knee flexion, hip flexion, hip extensions, resistance bands
You should also have regular bone density tests beginning around menopause or if you:
Underwent menopause early (younger than 40 years of age)
Aare over age 40
Have celiac disease or rheumatoid arthritis
Have irregular periods
Have been prescribed certain medications such as steroids, barbiturates, anti seizure drugs or thyroid medication
There is a family history of osteoporosis
Have had an eating disorder
Have liver or kidney disease
Have type one diabetes
To find out if you are at risk, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health will be offering $5 Osteoporosis Heel Screenings on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. This quick and painless screening uses ultrasound to measure the bone mineral density in your heels, assessing the risk for osteoporosis. Click here to schedule an appointment.