Silver Belles Bazaar Planned for Nov. 6

Posted on : 10-31-2010 | By : tsimons | In : Events

If you like homemade crafts and baked goods you won’t want to miss the Silver Belles Bazaar!

The annual event is Saturday, Nov. 6, from 7:30 am. to 1:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Cafeteria. Enter through the Francis Pavilion, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet. Admission is free. Strollers are welcome.

Shop for:

  • Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations
  • Ornaments
  • Handmade Baby Items
  • Wreaths
  • Wooden Toys
  • Crocheted and Knitted Gifts

There’s even a RAFFLE!

Prizes include:

  •  2 Richard Petty Ride Alongs at Chicagoland Speedway
  •  $500 Cash
  •  42” flat screen television
  •  Inwood Athletic Club Membership ($500 value)
  • Restaurant Gift Package ($400 value)
  • Several raffle baskets.

Tickets will be sold for $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held on Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m. Winner need not be present.

The Childerguild Gift Shop and Encore resale shop, located in the hospital, will also be open.

Proceeds from the Silver Belles Bazaar benefit the Silver Cross Renal Centers, the largest provider of dialysis services in Will and Grundy counties. For more information, call Volunteer Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 740-7117.

University of Chicago Cancer Center Coming to Silver Cross New Lenox campus

Posted on : 10-29-2010 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, News

cancer centerThis week, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board unanimously approved the construction of a $21.6 million cancer treatment center in New Lenox—on the Silver Cross Replacement Hospital campus. The Cancer Center is a partnership between University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) and Silver Cross Hospital and will provide academic medical care for southwest suburban cancer patients close to home. The 2-story outpatient facility will open in 2012.

“Patients will soon have the best of both worlds,” said Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital. The Cancer Center will provide patients and their families with convenient access to University of Chicago Medical Center’s specialists and advanced therapies in a brand new facility in Will County.

Cancer Prevalent in Will County
The University of Chicago Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital is a strong positive response to the rapid increase in population and the growing need for cancer services in Will County, a need, that is confirmed by the fact that many cancer patients are leaving the area for treatment. Each year, approximately 4,800 people in Will County are diagnosed with cancer and many of them travel long distances to major academic medical centers downtown or in other states. In fact, UCMC currently cares for more than 1,400 cancer patients from Will County.

“Patients have choices when it comes to where they want to go for cancer diagnosis and treatment,” says Pawlak. “By partnering with University of Chicago Medical Center, we are providing options and improving access.”

Leading Cancer Expertise
The University of Chicago Medical Center has consistently been ranked as one of the best cancer hospitals in U.S. News and World Report. In addition, UCMC is one of only two hospitals in Illinois designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. UCMC also offers more clinical trials than any other hospital in the Chicago area.

In the Cancer Center, patients will have access to clinical trials, medical oncologists and UCMC specialists, chemotherapy, infusion services, radiation therapy, cancer support groups, preventative screenings, clinical trials, and a comprehensive resource center. The Center will have a new generation linear accelerator. TruBeam™ uses image guided radiation therapy to provide the safest and most accurate results.

The Cancer Center will be located next to the medical office building already opened on the Silver Cross Replacement campus. HSA, the same real estate developer that built the first medical office building, will lease the 20,000 sq ft. facility to UCMC and Silver Cross. HSA plans to break ground in spring 2011.

Problems Getting Pregnant? We can help.

Posted on : 10-25-2010 | By : tsimons | In : Uncategorized

For many couples, infertility is a crisis. However, you should know that infertility or reproductive problems are often treatable.

Men and women are equally likely to have a fertility problem. In about 1 in 5 infertile couples, both partners have contributing problems, and in about 15% of couples, no cause is found after all tests have been done. A diagnosis of infertility is not necessarily a verdict of sterility, most couples who seek help can eventually bear a child, either on their own or with medical assistance.

For many people, the longer you go without conceiving, the more stress you feel. Fears about infertility not only affect your chances of getting pregnant, but may also lead to tension with your partner. While it’s a fact that coping with infertility is stressful, that doesn’t mean you have to give into it.

If you have been trying unsuccessfully for one year to get pregnant, or if you have any other concerns about getting pregnant, stop stressing and join Dr. David Cohen on Tuesday, Nov. 2 from, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health in New Lenox. Dr. Cohen will discuss various treatment options for infertility. Men and women are both welcome to attend this intimate and private conversation. Register Here or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Take Control of Your Heart

Posted on : 10-22-2010 | By : tsimons | In : Uncategorized

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the United States. At every age, more women die of heart disease than all types of cancer combined, including breast cancer.

Mary Pat Falloon of Orland Park is no exception. Despite a very active and healthy lifestyle, she developed heart disease.

Mary Pat was hiking with friends in Arizona when she began to experience unusual pain in her chest and arms. While she experienced discomfort, she was not alarmed until the pain continued to recur after returning home. Mary Pat went to see Dr. Kathleen Drinan and received immediate care. A stress test was abnormal, and suggested the presence of a blockage in her right coronary artery. Dr. Drinan immediately scheduled an angiogram of her coronary arteries, and a stent was inserted into her right coronary artery after a 95% blockage was found.

“It’s hard to believe this could happen to me because I live a very healthy life, but my instincts told me something was not right,” said Mary Pat. “Dr. Drinan listened to me—due to her compassion and efficient service, she saved my life.”

“Cases like Mary Pat’s remind us that we all need to be aware of the symptoms and signs of heart disease, especially in women,” says Dr. Kathleen Drinan, cardiologist at Silver Cross Hospital. “Risk factors aside, her case shows why every woman should take control of her heart health and learn about the tools available to screen for heart disease.”

Ladies, take control of YOUR heart.
Women who suffer from high blood pressure, stress, extra weight, smoking, high cholesterol, or have a family history of heart disease, are at increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Women who have been treated for certain types of cancer also have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Despite the statistics, it is alarming that many women remain unaware of the risks and warning signs of heart problems. Dr. Drinan will teach women how to be proactive and protect their heart on Nov. 1. This free program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health in New Lenox. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health Help Raise Awareness at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk

Posted on : 10-21-2010 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Events, News

Along with 2,000 men and women of all ages wearing a variety of pink apparel, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health employees participated in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Centennial Park Soccer Field in Orland Park on October 17.

“As breast health clinicians, we felt it was important to support the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk since we interact with many women daily educating them on their breast health and helping those with cancer fight the disease,” said Marci Vasiliades, Manager of the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health. “We also wanted to help raise awareness for women to get their annual mammograms and support finding a cure for breast cancer.”

The 11th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk brings the entire community together to celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate women about the importance of reducing their cancer risk by getting their annual mammograms, and raise funds for lifesaving research and support programs to further fight against breast cancer.

 For the past four years, Orland Park has hosted “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” a 5-kilometer noncompetitive walk, one of 12 held in the state of Illinois.

Thank You!

Posted on : 10-19-2010 | By : tsimons | In : News

As we celebrate the one year anniversary of the opening of the Center for Women's Health, we would like to thank you for choosing Silver Cross! Pictured are employees from Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health: (Front row) Marybeth Antone, Joyce Pastore, Debbie Ginnetti, Shelley Surman, Janine Formenti, Neda Zelehovitis, Marci Vasiliades; (Back row) Mary Franceschini, Shannon Jakovich, Peggy Draksler, Dr. Andre Edwards, Karen DePass, Julie Sluis, Toni Rohder

Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health Celebrates First Anniversary by Offering $100 Mammograms

Posted on : 10-14-2010 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Events, Mammography, News

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is celebrating its first year anniversary by offering screening mammograms for $100 for women who call in October to make an appointment before the end of the year.

The Center for Women’s Health represents a unique concept in women’s healthcare. The Center was the first in the region to provide an advanced level of diagnostics coupled with specialized care for women in one convenient location. Set in a spa-like environment, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health offers a variety of healthcare services designed around a woman’s needs and lifestyle. The Center is located on the Silver Cross replacement hospital campus at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox.

During its first year, the Center performed approximately 13,000 total exams, including digital mammograms, ultrasounds, bone density screenings, labs and breast biopsies. For breast health services, the Center has performed over 9,000 mammograms, and 141 breast biopsies, which 46 of these were confirmed cases of breast cancer.

“During our first year, we have been able to help diagnose cancer and other illnesses early while they are still treatable giving our patients their best chance for a full recovery,” said Marybeth Antone, Administrative Director for the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health.

What is digital mammography?
Digital mammography takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer. Digital mammograms are better at detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts, or who are pre-or peri-menopausal. It provides physicians with a more accurate picture of the breast, allowing for quick and simple diagnosis.

The Center’s crown jewel is full field digital mammography—the latest breast cancer testing available. “At the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, we use only digital mammography technology to provide our patients with the best service and care,” says Marci Vasiliades, Manager of the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health. “We are even able to scan patients’ prior mammogram films into our system which converts the images to a digital format for easy comparison.”

Digital mammograms also simplify the procedure for women. Although compression of the breasts is still important when performing digital mammography, the compression paddles are warmer and more flexible, which ultimately provide women with a more comfortable experience. Following the screening, women can call a 24-hour mammogram hotline to obtain their test results alleviating any anxiety.

In addition, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is uniquely staffed with a Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN™) as there are only 339 CBCN™ certified nurses throughout the country.

“By having a Certified Breast Care Nurse working at the Center, we are able to offer our patients even more specialized and personalized care,” said Vasiliades. “This specialized nurse guides our patients through the next steps in their care.”

Early Diagnosis Saves Lives
An estimated 211,240 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. this year, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women

“Mammography may not be perfect, but we do know that yearly screening mammography significantly reduces the risk of dying of breast cancer,” says Dr. Aaron Guajardo, radiologist at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health. His job is to find early breast cancer that can be cured.

“It’s important that women know their family history, talk to their doctor, and together decide on the best course of screening based on their individual needs,” says Dr. Guajardo.

With an order from their doctor for a screening mammogram, women can then schedule their test at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health in New Lenox and receive their results within 24 hours. The $100 screening mammogram includes the radiologist fee. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted at time of appointment—insurance will not be billed. Please mention this SPECIAL MAMMOGRAM when you call (815) 740-7076 to schedule your appointment with your doctor’s order. Don’t have a doctor? Call 1-888-660-HEAL for a free referral.

Plus, through our Silver Cross’ free I Matter™ program, Center for Women’s Health patients receive valuable discounts from over 150 local businesses just for getting their regular health screenings.

Free Screenings to Prevent Falls

Posted on : 10-12-2010 | By : tsimons | In : Uncategorized

Dangers around the home caused as many as 10 million emergency department trips in the U.S. each year, according to the Home Safety Council. And falls are the most common fatal injury in the home — especially among the elderly. The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital is offering free balance screenings during October.

“Since falling is the leading cause of injury deaths among people over the age of 65, and the leading cause of doctor visits, hospital admissions, and emergency room visits, it is important to determine if you are at risk,” says Matthew Boebel, Administrative Director for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital.

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross recommends that individuals who have been experiencing dizziness or vertigo, have had a history of falls, near falls, or simply a fear of falling are excellent candidates for a balance screening. Appointments are available from 1-3 p.m. on

Register for the free blance screenings online  or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Prevent Falls                                                                                                                                                                                                                 There are numerous safety measures you can take to prevent slips and falls in your home:

  • Stairways should have handrails on both sides.
  • Attach safety treads to steps.
  • Remove tripping hazards such as throw rugs, furniture, and clutter from walkways.
  • Use self-adhesive non-skid mats or safety treads in bathtubs, showers, and pools.
  • Use non-skid rugs on bathroom floors.
  • Use non-skid pads under rugs on bare floors.
  • Install grab bars on both sides of toilets and bathtubs, especially on those used by seniors.

Falls are especially dangerous for the elderly. The CDC says more than one-third of adults 65 and older fall each year. And the consequences are great: Seniors suffer 360,000-480,000 fall-related fractures each year.

Researchers say the risks of seniors falling are greater if they have lower body weakness, problems with walking and balance, or are taking four or more medications. To reduce their risk, elderly people should get regular exercise to increase their lower body strength and improve balance. And their doctor should review and revise, if necessary, their medications to reduce side effects and interactions.

A Room with More Than a View

Posted on : 10-10-2010 | By : tsimons | In : Uncategorized

Patients & Family Members Experience the Hospital Room of the Future—Now!

We have designed the rooms in the Silver Cross replacement hospital to help patients heal faster. Now are finding out just how much! Over the next 16-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 patient rooms in the new hospital,” said Mary Shanahan, Administrative Director of Nursing. “We want to build the safest and most efficient rooms 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 medical-surgical room in the new hospital and has been retrofitted down to the very last detail. 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
• Cabinetry and shelving
• Foot wall with sink for caregiver hand-washing
• New patient lift
• Flooring in the room and hallway
• Bathroom with a door—no curtain
• Large window with shades
• 30” flat-screen TV system
• Artwork and room decor

“By building a patient room now, we will know where to place necessities such as the phone, nurse call system and computer that will allow staff to chart at the bedside,” said Terri Hoogstra, 6-1 Manager. “We will also be rotating different makes and models of furniture for patients and visitors to test out the comfort as well as durability. And there will be new flooring outside the room so staff can see how easy it is to roll beds, wheelchairs and equipment.”

The mock-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 in 2012, we will even be performing some procedures at the bedside such as EEGs, carotid ultrasounds and echo cardiograms. This will give us an opportunity to fine-tune our processes now so we are ready when the new hospital opens in February 2012.

Everyone who comes in contact with the mock-room will be surveyed—patients, visitors and caregivers. “We really want to see how the design of the room and the way we deliver care has an impact on quality, safety and service,” adds Mary.

View a live web cam and photos of the replacement hospital construction. To receive regular updates, follow us on Twitter or become a Fan of Silver Cross Hospital on Facebook.

Mammogram Myths

Posted on : 10-06-2010 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Mammography, Uncategorized

They hurt. They cause needless worry. They miss cancer. If you believe any of these things about mammography, you’re sadly mistaken.

“Mammography may not be perfect, but we do know that yearly screening mammography significantly reduces the risk of dying of breast cancer,” says Dr. Aaron Guajardo, radiologist at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health. His job is to find early breast cancer that can be cured.

Unfortunately, many women are avoiding regular mammography screenings. If you have used one of these excuses in the past year, then you need to visit the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health!

Myth # 1: I don’t need a mammogram unless I feel a lump or have symptoms.
The reality is screening mammograms are for women with NO lumps or other symptoms. The best time to find cancer is before you can feel it. A mammogram can detect cancer as much as a year or two before you or your doctor could feel it. Breast cancer found in its earliest stages offers the greatest chance of remission and survival.

Myth #2: My monthly self breast examinations and regular check up with my doctor should be good enough for me.Mammography can typically spot lesions one-fifth the size of those that can be felt by hand during self-examination or clinical breast examination by a healthcare professional. For example, an experienced examiner can feel a lump the size of a small pea. Mammography can find a lump the size of a grain of rice—especially with our computer assisted detection tools (CAD). It’s like getting a second opinion for free! Overall, mammography can pick up about 40% of cancers that are too small to detect by touch on clinical examination.

Myth # 3: If my doctor did not recommend a mammogram, I do not need one.Most studies have found that the reason women most frequently give for not having a mammogram would be whether their primary health care doctor suggested it. If your doctor does not suggest mammography and you over 40 years old and/or have some risk factors, it will be up to you to raise the issue.

Myth # 4: I can’t get an appointment for 6 months. Not at the Center for Women’s Health! Once you have an order from your doctor, we can get you in right away. Most patients having a screening mammogram are in and out in less than 30 minutes.

Myth #5: I don’t want to sit in a cold, drafty waiting room with other patients. And you shouldn’t have to! At the Center for Women’s Health, you have your own private changing room that is connected to the testing suite. No one sees you but your caregivers!

Myth 6: It hurts! At the Center for Women’s Health, our new, state-of-the-art digital mammography machines are designed to detect optimum compression so that you are comfortable. The compression is only momentary and our seasoned and skilled mammography technicians explain every step of the process to help put you at ease. In fact, at the Center for Women’s Health our patients are pleasantly surprised that it was “less” painful than they expected.

Myth #7: It takes weeks to get my results. At Silver Cross, diagnostic test results are available the same day as your appointment and screening results within just 24 hours. We even have a hotline for you to call to hear your screening mammography results to help alleviate any anxiety. And before you ever leave the Center, you will have the opportunity to consult with the radiologist or meet with our certified breast health nurse to assist with the next steps in your care.

Myth #8: My insurance deductible is too high or my mammogram is not covered. Well then you are in luck! In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is offering screening mammograms for just $100—which includes the radiologist’s fees. Cash, check or credit cards accepted—insurance will not be billed. Call 815-740-7076 during October to schedule an appointment with a doctor’s order before the end of the year. Don’t have a doctor? Click here or call 1-888-660-HEAL for a free referral.

Plus, through our free I Matter™ program, Center for Women’s Health patients receive valuable discounts from over 150 local businesses just for getting their regular health screenings. Not a member? Join today.