Looking to lose weight this year?

Posted on : 01-31-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Health Tips, Weight Loss

Don't give up on your 2012 resolution!

Silver Cross Hospital is offering Obesity & Your Health: Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You? Join Drs. Christopher Joyce and Brian Lahmann, experienced gastric bypass surgeons with Bariatric & Minimally Invasive (BMI) Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, for a free informational session about Obesity & Your Health: Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?

 The program is held every Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. in the Specialty Care Pavilion on the Silver Cross Hospital Campus, 1300 Copperfield Ave., Joliet. Participants will learn about the advantages and risks of traditional and laparoscopic bariatric weight loss surgery, including the REALIZE™ and Lap-Band gastric band systems, find out who is a candidate for the procedure, and hear from area patients about their experiences. Silver Cross has been named as Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery and a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery. Register to attend this free informational session here.

Southwest Suburban Neurological Surgery has relocated!

Posted on : 01-23-2012 | By : tsimons | In : News

Board certified neurosurgeon Thomas Hurley, M.D., with Southwest Suburban Neurological Surgery has relocated to the Silver Cross Replacement Hospital campus at 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Suite 450, Pavilion A, New Lenox, IL 60451. Dr. Hurley can be reached by phone at (815) 723-4387 or fax (815) 723-4634. He accepts most insurances and is currently accepting new patients. Since Dr. Hurley is on staff at Silver Cross Hospital, his patients benefit from the following convenient services that are available at Silver Cross: MRI, CT, PET and X-ray; DEXA-bone density testing; blood work; large private rooms; inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation; home health care and same day surgery.

 Thomas Hurley, M.D., earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago. He remained at Rush for his residency training in neurological surgery. After completing his residency, Dr. Hurley joined the medical staff of Silver Cross Hospital in 1996 as a founding member and medical director of the CINN Institute of Spinal Care.With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Hurley treats a wide range of nervous system conditions. He is an authority in the care of patients with traumatic spine disorders, specializing in complex fusion and minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Hurley is an active author and lecturer who presents ongoing community programs on the various aspects of spinal and brain disorders.He holds memberships in several professional organizations including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Medical Association. He is past president of the Illinois State Neurosurgical Society and current president of the Will-Grundy County Medical Society. He is a former 2nd District Trustee on the Board of Trustees of the Illinois State Medical Society.Further, Dr. Hurley has been recognized as one of the “Top Docs” at Silver Cross Hospital for outstanding patient satisfaction.

You’re invited to “Name the Robot” & meet the Slammers!

Posted on : 01-19-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Events, I Matter Benefits, Top 100 Hospitals, Welcome!

The Joliet Slammers’ mascots—Spikes and J.L. Bird will also be at the opening celebration along with 2011 Frontier League Championship Cup.

In celebration of the opening of the new Silver Cross Hospital at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox, several local musical entertainers will perform on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Housewarming Party between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.   The line-up includes the Sandburg High School Choir from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Joliet Folk Lorico Dancers from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., Lincoln Way West High School Choir, from 2 to 3 p.m. and the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Music Ministry from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.   

In addition to the performance artists, guests will be treated to a 45-minute self-guided walking tour through several areas in the hospital including the emergency department, imaging, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, private medical-surgical patient rooms, Women and Infant Services Birthing Center, and Intensive Care Unit.  In the new  new Procedural Care Unit, which consolidates surgery, endoscopy and interventional cardiology and radiology procedures into one integrated area,  visitors can see the hospital’s newest technology—the Davinci.  This robotic surgical system is designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach and is controlled by a surgeon from a console.  The Davinci robot is commonly used for prostatectomies and hysterectomies. There will even be a “Name the Robot” Contest in which tour participants will have a chance to win a Sony Bloggie Touch video camera.

 “This is your opportunity to get a sneak peek before we open our doors on Feb. 26,” said Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital.  “We will take you into areas that most people never have a chance to see such as the operating room and interventional core which includes the cath lab, interventional radiology lab, electrophysiology suite where doctors repair fast beating hearts and insert pacemakers, and where our brand new biplane angiography imaging system will be located to treat patients with strokes later this summer.”

 New Hospital Opening Feb. 26, 2012. Construction began on the $370 million replacement hospital in 2009.  The 6-story facility was built using evidence-based design, which has been proven to help in the healing process and contribute to a speedier recovery for patients.   Some of the many ways that evidence-based design has been integrated into the 289-bed replacement hospital is with large, private patient rooms, natural and enhanced lighting, sound and noise control, cheerful yet calming colors, ties to nature, bedside care and dedicated family areas.  When the new hospital opens at 7 a.m. on Feb. 26, patients and families will also benefit from new technology and expanded services through partnerships with renowned academic centers including Children’s Memorial Hospital, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and most recently, the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC).  UCMC and Silver Cross are currently building an outpatient cancer center that will open in April 2012 on the New Lenox campus.

“We are building on our century old commitment to the Will County community by relocating our seven-time 100 Top Hospital care to a state-of-the-art facility that will serve future generations,” said Pawlak.

Reservations Recommended! Due to space limitations, reservations are highly recommended for the free grand opening event.  Secure your tour time at www.silvercross.org/newhospital and be entered in a raffle to win a KINDLE FIRE.

Expectant Parents? You still have a chance to Win $1,000 Savings Bond for your baby!

Posted on : 01-16-2012 | By : tsimons | In : News, Replacement Hospital

Expectant parents only have to one more month for a chance to win a $1,000 savings bond for their baby. Parents who deliver on or after Feb. 26, 2012—when the new Silver Cross Hospital opens at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox, will be entered into the drawing. Mothers-to-be will automatically be entered to win when they pre-register to deliver at www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or call (815) 300-7076 before Jan. 31, 2012.  The winner will be announced at the Silver Cross Hospital’s Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

 Silver Cross is bringing together cutting-edge medical technology with spa-like amenities to make the birthing experience all the more memorable.   The new Birthing Center at the New Lenox Hospital will have:

  •  12 luxurious birthing suites designed for labor,delivery and recovery (so parents can have the convenience of staying in the same room through recovery followed by a stay in one of 30 private mother-baby suites.)
  •  Each private suite is fully-equipped with a bathroom with both a shower and immersion tub to help with labor pains, blanket warmer, refrigerator, wireless internet access, 30” flat screen TV system, and a comfortable sofa-sleeper so family members can stay around the clock. 
  • A variety of pain relief methods will be available 24 hours a day provided by an anesthesiologist.  For deliveries requiring surgery, there will be two complete cesarean suites.Children’s Memorial neonatologists and pediatric hospitalist will continue to be onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And if needed, Children’s pediatric cardiologists will be available to analyze a baby’s echocardiogram in real time through a video linkage with Silver Cross.

 The new Birthing Center will have a typical nursery as well as a Level 2 skilled infant care nursery with specialized staff.  State-of-the-art medical equipment will also be set up and ready inside each Birthing Suite’s cabinetry, if needed. “As a one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation, we pride ourselves on providing our patients with a safe environment,” says Marilyn Paollela, Director of Maternal/Child Services at Silver Cross.   “In our new hospital, we will have a state-of-the art infant security system, secured entrances to the Birthing Center and a reception desk on the unit assist families and give parents peace of mind.” The experienced medical team at Silver Cross is on alert to help at any time. Upon admission, patients will be partnered with a specially trained obstetrical nurse certified in electronic fetal monitoring who’ll assist throughout delivery.   The new unit also features mother/baby couplet care, which means that the same experienced nurse will care for both mother and baby until it is time to go home.  “This ensures continuity in care and improved communication between the patient, family, nursing staff and physicians,” says Paollela.

Silver Cross’ dedicated nursing team will continue to offer personal counseling and education before, during and after patients give birth.  Silver Cross also has five internationally-certified lactation consultants available for support to new moms who choose to breastfeed their babies. For more information about the new Silver Cross Women and Infant Birthing Center and to Save Your Due Date for a chance to win $1,000 savings bond for your baby, visit here .

A Warm Winter Welcome

Posted on : 01-10-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Celebration of Health, Events

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Healthy Community Commission supports Education

Posted on : 01-09-2012 | By : tsimons | In : News

Pictured from left to right are Howard Wright, Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission member and Spanish Community Center Director; Elizabeth Nevarez, Spanish Community Center Executive Director; Gwen Ulmer, Silver Cross Hospital Community Relations Coordinator at; Hugo Vargas, Spanish Community Center Board President; Herbert Brooks, Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission Member; Jim McFarland, Spanish Community Center Board Member; and Lorraine Guerrero accepting a $38,000 grant from the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission for the Spanish Community Center’s Adult GED Program

The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission awarded the Spanish Community Center of Joliet with a $38,000 grant to help fund their “Education to Employment”  program.  This program will focus on providing educational opportunities to help strengthen the community through Adult GED and English as a Second Language programs.

The Spanish Community Center provides educational and social services to the city’s growing needs of the Spanish speaking people in their native language and helps to make the transition of setting in the community, and learning English as a second language a little easier.  Over the last four decades the center has evolved from an agency helping only the Spanish speaking people of the neighborhood to an agency providing help to the entire community.

“We are proud to work together with Spanish Community Center to help increase access to education and further success in our community,” said Margie Woods, Chair of the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission.

Tips to help you lose weight this year

Posted on : 01-05-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Health Tips

Is 2012 going to be the year you meet your weight loss goals? If healthier habits and weight loss at the top of your new year’s resolutions, give yourself a pat on the back for making health a top priority. The hard part is actually sticking to it and making real changes! Here are a few tips to help you keep on track with your weight loss resolution.

Write your goals down  If you want to truly do something, write it down. Journals, food logs and to-do lists are extremely important to your weight loss plan. There are also a number of free apps on your phone to help you track  your calories. Break your goal into mini goals and list and create a PLAN. If you just say you’re going to meet your goal sometime within the year, that will not work. In fact, you will probably fall into the “I’ll start next week” trap. Instead, mark your calendar for a certain date for each goal that you want to achieve. For example, by March you want to be walking 3 miles a day. Setting a definite date is a great way to make sure you stick with your plan!

Remove the temptations  Go into your kitchen and remove all bad foods from your refrigerator and pantry. This includes all snack foods such as juice, soda, cakes, pies, cookies, chips, sugar colas, crackers, etc. Double check the labels on the foods you think are healthy, most yogurts, dressings, and fruit cups are packed with sugar and fat. Fill your kitchen with healthy, nutrient dense food, such as:

  • Lean protein (chicken breast, turkey breast, fish, egg whites)
  • Fresh fruits (oranges, apples, grapes, strawberries)
  • Raw vegetables (mushrooms, broccoli, squash, green beans, red peppers)
  • Healthy snacks(non-fat cottage cheese, sugar free jello, protein bar,unsalted nuts)

Take Pictures  Pictures don’t lie.  Snap 3 pictures every week including a profile shot, frontal shot and rear shot. Include these with your diet diary and journal so you can see how your body looks each week while you make changes to your fitness program. Remember, sometimes the scale does lie. Even though your scale may read that you have gained 2 pounds over the last 3 weeks, this could very easily be 3 pounds of lean muscle. Lean muscle is an extremely metabolic tissue and the more you have, the more calories you burn even when you’re just sitting around! By adding photos of yourself, you will be able to reference your physical appearance from week to week. This basically takes the guess work out of losing weight and is crucial for any permanent weight loss plan.

Set realistic goals  Remember, it did not take you 2 weeks to gain those extra 25 pounds so it definitely will not take only 2 weeks to lose it all! You gradually gained the weight over several months and even years, so always remember that you’re in this for the long haul. Its a marathon not a sprint and with this mind set you will be able to create new habits which will eventually turn your “diet” into a healthy lifestyle!

Get Support Weight loss is a hard thing to do alone, but having a support system can make it easier to achieve that goal. Attend a free Obesity & Your Health session with BMI Surgery to learn more about how you can lose weight this year. Sessions are held every Wednesday and attendees will learn more about bariatric surgery. Register here.

Celebrating the 1st baby of 2012

Posted on : 01-04-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Celebration of Health, News, Replacement Hospital, Top 100 Hospitals

Joliet residents and proud parents Leticia Gonzales and Jerry Trejo welcomed their first child -- baby boy, Jerry Gustavo Trejo, who was born on Jan 1, 2012 at 11:27 p.m. weighing 7 ½ pounds and measuring 19 ½ inches. Baby Jerry was the first baby of the New Year to be born at Silver Cross Hospital.

Joliet residents and proud parents Leticia Gonzales and Jerry Trejo received an early New Year’s present –a new baby boy.  With help from Dr. Jessica Shepard, obstetrician/gynecologist with the Will County Health Department, baby Jerry Gustavo Trejo was born on Jan 1, 2012 at 11:27 p.m. weighing7 ½ pounds and measuring 19 ½  inches. Not that this wasn’t exciting enough, but little Jerry was the first baby born at Silver Cross Hospital this year.  To celebrate, the Silver Cross Birthing Center staff filled a gift basket with an array of baby items–many donated by the hospital’s Childerguild Gift Shop.  The Childerguild has supported women and children’s services at Silver Cross for over 100 years. 

Silver Cross is bringing together cutting-edge medical technology with spa-like amenities to make the birthing experience all the more memorable.   Opening on Feb. 26, 2012, the new Birthing Center at the Silver Cross Replacement Hospital located at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox will have 12 luxurious birthing suites designed for labor, delivery and recovery so parents can have the convenience of staying in the same room through recovery followed by a stay in one of 30 private mother-baby suites.  Each private suite is fully-equipped with a bathroom with a shower and immersion tub to help with labor pains, blanket warmer, refrigerator, wireless internet access, 30” flat screen TV system, and a comfortable sofa-sleeper so family members can stay around the clock. Furthermore, a variety of pain relief methods will be available 24 hours a day provided by an anesthesiologist.  And for deliveries requiring surgery, there will be two complete cesarean suites.  Children’s Memorial neonatologists and pediatric hospitalist will continue to be onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And if needed, Children’s pediatric cardiologists will be available to analyze a baby’s echocardiogram in real time through a video linkage with Silver Cross. 

 For more information about the new Silver Cross Women and Infant Birthing Center and to Save Your Due Date for a chance to win $1,000 savings bond for your baby, click here.  For a referral to an obstetrician/gynecologist or pediatrician on staff at Silver Cross, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL.

New Procedural Care Unit opening 2/26/12

Posted on : 01-03-2012 | By : tsimons | In : News, Replacement Hospital, Top 100 Hospitals, Welcome!

One  of the single most exciting enhancements to the new Silver Cross Hospital opening Feb. 26 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox  is the consolidation of surgery, endoscopy and interventional cardiology and radiology procedures into one integrated area—the Procedural Care Unit (PCU).   Located on the second floor of the replacement hospital, each of these areas is conveniently adjacent to the PCU Family Lounge and also many private pre/post procedural rooms.  The PCU has been designed for flexibility, operational efficiencies, and advanced technology.

  • Designed for Flexibility

As surgical procedures continue to migrate toward being less invasive, radiological, cardiac, and gastroenterology have become more therapeutic and interventional.  When the new hospital opens, the PCU will be the single location that provides the equipment, supplies and personnel for all procedural patients regardless of the specialty or modality. In the new hospital, the expertise of the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) staff and specialized nursing care will be delivered to all procedural and pre/post areas—not just to patients coming from the operating rooms (ORs).  Each of the 11 large ORs is universal in design and grouped in pods so that surgeons performing like procedures can move between rooms more easily.  And the Interventional Core where the cath labs, interventional radiology suites, and electrophysiology procedure rooms are located is immediately adjacent to two large ORs that can be converted to cardiac surgical suites in the future if and when the need arises.

  • Operational Efficiencies

To enhance the patient-family experience, the PCU will be supported by a standardized process for patient scheduling and pre-procedural preparation, inventory management, charge capture, environmental service and best-practice nursing care. For example, the Anesthesia Department provides services to every area in the PCU. Currently, these services are needed in various areas throughout the hospital.  In the replacement hospital, the anesthesiologist only needs to travel down a hallway saving valuable time. “One way that we have streamlined processes is by centralizing scheduling and patient registration into one convenient area at the entrance to the PCU,” says Jo Kilpatrick, Manger of Same Day Surgery and PACU at Silver Cross Hospital.  “Another is by adjusting the hours of operation of the pre-post procedural rooms to not only accommodate expanded procedural schedules but also care for inpatients if necessary during high census times.”

 Some of the other ways that we have improved operational efficiencies include:

  1. Placing storage closer to point of use
  2. Dedicating a trauma elevator from the Emergency Department to the PCU
  3. Having 2 physician/family consult rooms with dual access
  4. Storing surgical/interventional supplies in the Sterile Processing Department
  5. Dedicating two pediatric recovery rooms  with external access for patients
  • Advanced Technology

In designing the PCU, Silver Cross has brought in some of the latest and greatest technology available.  Each of the 11 state-of-the-art operating rooms has overhead equipment and video booms to improve procedural ergonomics and digital imaging.  “When we open, staff in 6 of the ORs will be able to browse through images and show them on several monitors hanging from the ceiling so that everyone involved in the case knows what is going on,” says Pat Kroesch, Manager or Surgery and Endoscopy at Silver Cross Hospital.  “There is also special green surgical lighting which makes seeing patient’s anatomy easier.” In one of the ORs, the Hospital will have a DaVinci surgical system, which is is a robotic surgical system designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The system is controlled by a surgeon from a console. It is commonly used for prostatectomies and increasingly for cardiac valve repair and gynecologic surgical procedures.  And later this summer, Silver Cross will be adding biplane angiography imaging system to the Interventional core.  “The biplane is recognized for its effectiveness in diagnosing and treating stroke,” says Brendan Casey, Manger of Cardiology and Interventional Radiology at Silver Cross Hospital.  The system shows an extremely precise 3-D image of the blood vessels in the brain and permits the neuroendovascular surgeon to treat the stroke patient in several ways.  The new Silver Cross Hospital will also have anesthesia Pyxis (medication) machines, a negative pressure endoscopy lab to accommodate bronchoscopies and Bronchial Endoscopic Ultrasound which are currently performed in an OR, and an automatic glide system for instrument loading in Sterile Processing.

 Take a Tour! The community is invited to take a tour of the Procedural Care Unit and other areas of the new Silver Cross Hospital on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tour reservations are being accepted at http://www.silvercross.org/about-us/replacement-hospital/the-illumination-gala/housewarming-tour There will also be a variety of entertainment, a special visit from the Joliet Slammers and guests can enter the “Name the Robot Contest” for a chance to win a Sony Bloggie Touch Video Camera.  Onsite parking will be available with shuttle bus service to the main entrance.