Put Feet First When Running to Avoid Heel Pain

Posted on : 10-31-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Health Tips, News

Heel pain affects nearly 2 million Americans each year and can be responsible for mild discomfort or even debilitating pain.  The most common type of heel and foot pain among long distance runners and athletes is plantar fasciitis. This condition is characterized by painful inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament which runs along the bottom of the foot.

 The plantar fascia ligament is made of fibrous bands of tissue and runs between the heel bone and toes stretching with every step. Inflammation develops when tears occur in the tissue.  The most common complaint from plantar fasciitis is a burning, stabbing, or aching pain in the heel of the foot.

“Most sufferers will be able to feel it in the morning because the fascia ligament tightens up during the night while we sleep, causing pain to diminish,” says Dr. Paul Kirchner, podiatrist on staff at Silver Cross Hospital.   “However, when we climb out of bed and place pressure on the ligament, it becomes taut and pain is particularly severe.”

Pain usually decreases as the tissue warms up, but may easily return again after a strenuous training session and after long periods of inactivity, such as sitting down to watch television.

 Among the most popular factors that contribute to plantar fasciitis is wearing incorrect shoes. In many cases, shoes either do not fit properly, or provide inadequate support or cushioning. While running or exercising in improper shoes, weight distribution becomes impaired, and significantly stress can be added to the plantar fascia ligament.

“In most cases, plantar fasciitis does not require surgery or invasive procedures to stop pain and reverse damage,” says Dr. Kirchner. “Conservative treatments including medications such as NSAIDs and corticosteriods or special splints are usually all that is required. However, every person’s body responds to plantar fasciitis treatment differently and recovery times may vary.”

Free Program and Screening

To learn more about the latest treatment options for plantar fasciitis, join Dr. Paul Kirchner, podiatrist, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  Register to attend this free program—Feet First:  Running & The Injured Athlete online or by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

 In addition, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross will offer free Heel and Foot Screenings Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Silver Cross Professional Building at 250 Maple St. (Route 3) in New Lenox.  Participants will receive a home exercise program and tips for preventing plantar fasciitis.  Call (815) 463-6123 for an appointment.

Encore Shop Christmas Opening Nov. 3 & 4

Posted on : 10-30-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Events, News

Silver Cross Hospital’s resale shop—the Encore Shop, will host its Christmas Opening Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items available for purchase include holiday decorations, adult and children’s seasonal clothing, toys, household items, books, jewelry, and more.

The Advisory Board raises funds for Silver Cross Hospital by operating a resale shop, called the Encore Shop which celebrates its 51st anniversary this year.  The Encore Shop, which recently relocated and expanded to the Hershman Building on the former Silver Cross Hospital campus at 1301 Copperfield, Joliet and is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations are welcome and can be dropped off at the new Encore Shop in Joliet or in the collection bin outside Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.  For more information, call either the Encore Shop at (815) 300-7642 or Volunteers Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.

For over 50 years the Encore Shop has been operated by a volunteer group of women called the Silver Cross Advisory Board.  In the past 11 years, the Advisory Board has donated more than $935,000 to Silver Cross for the purchase of X-ray equipment for the Emergency Department, ICU beds, laptop computers for Home Health nurses, dialysis and mammography equipment, surgery carts and instruments, cardiac software, and a new pick-up truck used to maintain the grounds of the hospital campus.  The group recently completed a $75,000 pledge to purchase the water feature in the Dralle Serenity Garden outside the new Silver Cross Hospital at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox.

Have a Hazard-Free Halloween

Posted on : 10-29-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Uncategorized

When we think of Halloween, we picture children laughing in colorful costumes, jack-o’-lanterns glowing in house windows, and buckets brimming with candy and treats. Experts warn, however, that this fun-filled night can pose safety hazards.

An alternative is to throw a Halloween party and invite kids, rather than have them out on the street. If your kids will be going door-to-door trick or treating, however, some precautions can make the evening safe and enjoyable for everyone. “The last thing any child or parent wants is to end up in the emergency room hurt and unable to celebrate Halloween,” says Daniel Checco, D.O., Emergency Medicine physician at the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center located at 143rd St. and Bell Rd in Homer Glen.

Tips for costume safety
Safety begins at home, with the child’s costume. Every part of the costume — masks, beards, wigs and clothing — should be made of flame-resistant material, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In the event that a child bumps up against a burning candle, such materials will quickly extinguish themselves. When purchasing a store-bought costume, look for a label that says “Flame Resistant.” Choose costumes without big, loose sleeves, skirts or pants legs to lessen the chance of coming into contact with an open flame.

If the costume is not brightly colored, and therefore not easily visible at night, add a strip of reflective tape, which is sold at hardware and sporting goods stores. Also to easily see and be seen, children should carry flashlights.

“Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a loose-fitting mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision,” says Dr. Checco. “If a mask is used, however, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision to avoid trips and falls.”

Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling.

Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.

Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material.

Around the home

To make your home safe and inviting for trick-or-treaters, leave your front lights on so they may have a well-lit path to your door. (A well-lit home also reduces your chances of being “tricked” by holiday vandals!) Remove items such as planters, hoses and lawn decorations, so your visitors don’t trip on them. Keep pets inside, out of harm’s way.

When carving pumpkins place the gourd on a stable, flat surface with good lighting.

Have children draw a face on the outside of the pumpkin; parents should do the cutting.

Don’t leave lighted pumpkins unattended. Place candle-lit jack-o’-lanterns far away from the door, so tiny goblins won’t accidentally brush against them. Keep your indoor jack-o’-lanterns away from curtains and any decorations that could catch fire. The CPSC recommends against using candle-lit Halloween luminaries along your walkway; instead, place flashlights inside the bags.

On the streets
Young children should trick-or-treat with an adult or a responsible, older child. Instruct children to stay on the sidewalk and out of the roadway. Remind them to walk, not run, and to go to houses only where they know the people inside. At no time should they enter a house, unless they are with a grown-up.

While driving on Halloween, remember that the night will be filled with excited children who may forget their parents’ warnings about street safety. Drive extra carefully, keeping an eye out for youngsters walking between driveways and cars, or crossing in the middle of the block rather than at the corners. Adult Halloween partiers should have a designated driver, of course.

If you are not walking with your children, make sure you know who is with them — and set a time for them to be home.

Instruct your kids not to eat any of their goodies until a grown-up has had a chance to carefully examine them.

Make sure the kids eat a healthy meal before trick-or-treating, so they’ll be less likely to over-indulge on candy.

Colon cancer doctor to talk on prevention and screening

Posted on : 10-26-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Uncategorized

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States today and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the country. Oftentimes colorectal cancer can be detected and prevented if simple steps are followed.

“A majority of colorectal cancer cases can be cured when found and treated at an early stage, so regular screenings are important,” said Dr. Nikhil Bhargava, board certified gastroenterologist on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. 

Researchers are learning more about what causes colon cancer and how it grows and progresses, however, no one knows the exact cause of colon cancer, but we do know some of the risk factors.

Research indicates that a high-fat diet, lack of fiber, inactivity, obesity, environmental exposure to carcinogens and genetic predisposition are factors. To help protect yourself, eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, exercise regularly and get screened before you experience symptoms.

Chances of developing colon cancer are higher if you have any of the following:
• A history of ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, or precancerous changes in the lining of the colon.

• A history of large polyps (growths in the colon). A first-degree relative—mother, father, sister, or brother—who had colon cancer before 65 years of age.

• Age also plays a role. Colon cancer risk is noted at age 50. Most cases occur in people over 65 years of age. Fewer than 2 percent of cases occur in those individuals under 40 years of age.

Screening Should Start before Symptoms
You may not know you have colorectal cancer because there are no warning signs in the early stages of the disease.  The concept of screening is being tested when a person is feeling fine and has no symptoms or problems. The best way to know if you have colorectal cancer—before you have symptoms—is to be screened for the disease.

Anyone can be stricken with colorectal cancer. Men and women over age 50 have the greatest risk. “You should have screenings earlier and more frequently if you have a family or personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps, or have a personal history of chronic inflammatory bowel disease,” says Dr. Bhargava.

However, when symptoms do occur, they may include:
• any change in the usual pattern or frequency of bowel habits
• diarrhea, constipation, or a feeling that your bowels have not emptied completely
• blood in the stool that is either bright-red or very dark
• stools that are narrower than usual
• frequent gas pains, cramping, or bloating.

“Other conditions may be responsible for these symptoms, so it is wise to visit your doctor and let him or her determine the cause and appropriate treatment.  But always keep in mind, early stages of colon cancer may not show any symptoms,” says Dr. Bhargava.

The majority of colon cancer cases begin as small, non-cancerous growths—called polyps—that can become cancerous over time. Polyps may appear in either the colon or the rectum, both of which are part of the large intestine. Fortunately, up to 90% of colon and rectal cancers can be prevented just by finding and removing polyps before they become a cancer.

For a referral to a physician who performs colonoscopies and endoscopic surgery, call the Silver Cross Physician Referral Service at 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).  For patients needing a colonoscopy, Silver Cross Hospital has 4 state-of-the-art endoscopic suites, private pre and post recovery rooms and a beautiful family waiting lounge.

Free Lecture
Join Dr. Nikhil Bhargava, gastroenterologist, for a lecture on Take Charge: Control Your Colon on Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. He will discuss colon cancer risk factors, the latest treatment options, and the importance of screening. Free colon cancer home screening kits will be available for participants. This free program will occur in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center Room 1AB located in Pavilion A at 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Silver Cross Hospital receives echocardiography accreditation

Posted on : 10-25-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Heart Health, News

Pictured are Brendan Casey, Manager of Cardiology, Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy; Kathy Barr, Echo Technician; Parag Jain, M.D., F.A.C.C., Medical Director of non-invasive cardiology at Silver Cross Hospital; Denise Andersen, Lead Echocardiography Sonographer; Nicole Gora, Echo Technician; and Jeanne Messick, Cardiac Sonographer.Silver Cross Hospital has received a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the areas of Adult Stress, Adult Transesophageal, and Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Accreditation by the IAC means that Silver Cross Hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

 “IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that facilities like Silver Cross have been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Echocardiography,” said Parag Jain, M.D., F.A.C.C., Medical Director of non-invasive cardiology at Silver Cross Hospital.

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. for 2010 was $503.2 billion.

Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of Echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Echocardiography testing. The skill of the Echocardiography sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.

“We are thrilled to receive such a distinguished recognition by the IAC,” said Denise Andersen, Lead Echocardiography Sonographer for Silver Cross Hospital. “As a result of this exclusive accreditation, patients can be confident that Silver Cross Hospital has made a commitment to continually enhance the quality of the services and programs it provides to our patients.”

 When scheduled for an Echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients.htm.

Makeup artist’s approach to breast cancer inspires staff

Posted on : 10-24-2012 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Celebration of Health, Events, Mammography, News

Staff from the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital pose with inspiring breast cancer patient Darbie Day. Pictured from back left to right are Kimberly De Nardo, Lead Radiation Therapist; Stacey Perry, Patient Service Representative; Darbie Day; Darbie’s husband Elliot; Nicole Fender, R.N.; and Anne McCall, M.D., Radiation Oncologist.


Even after 36 year-old Darbie Day found a large lump in her right breast during a self exam, her initial thought was to stay positive and figure out what to do next. So after her gynecologist confirmed that a lump was present during her annual appointment, Day and her husband began their extensive search to research what institution offered the best cancer care – the result was the University of Chicago Medicine and its satellite – the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital

“Everything we researched online kept pointing my husband Elliot, a financial/insurance agent, and I back to the cancer program at the University of Chicago Medicine,” said Homewood resident Darbie Day, who is a professional makeup artist. “We were impressed that the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center was the only area program rated among the best in the nation and is the top-ranked cancer program in Illinois, according to U.S. News & World Report.” 

In the fall of 2011, Day was diagnosed with Triple Positive Breast Cancer by Olwen Hahn, M.D., a medical oncologist at the University of Chicago Medicine In Hyde Park. “The biology of Darbie’s breast cancer indicates that it will respond to a targeted approach.  We considered this fact in recommending her treatment plan, a combination of chemotherapy, targeted therapy against the Her2/neu receptor, and endocrine therapy. ” said Dr. Hahn. 

“Dr. Hahn was wonderfully kind at explaining that these high levels of estrogen progesterone and Her2 proteins, were the things that fed the cancer,” said Day. “It was also explained to me that it could be possible that this type of cancer maybe due to the fact that I was never pregnant and I was on birth control for an extended period, but not totally proven.” 

Fortunately the cancer was not in her lymph nodes. So to treat the cancer, she had what is known as Neo-adjuvent Therapy. Since the mass was so large, she first had chemotherapy treatments which reduced the large tumor to small particles. Then her next step was to undergo radiation therapy. “Ironically as I was getting ready to have my radiation treatments, I received a brochure in the mail announcing the opening of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. My husband and I were thrilled that I could receive care so close to my home instead of traveling all the way downtown,” said Day. 

For 5 weeks, Day drove a mere 20 minutes from her home and received radiation treatments at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. Anne McCall, M.D., was Day’s radiation oncologist at the New Lenox campus. “When I first came to Silver Cross Hospital’s campus, I was so scared, but when Dr. McCall entered the room and gave me a big hug, I knew everything would be OK from then on and it was,” said Day. “All the staff of nurses, radiation therapists and receptionists were so personable and excited to see me. They treated me like a person – asked about my weekend – and not just focused on my cancer.” 

“Darbie is a wonderful example of how an upbeat attitude can positively influence treatment and recovery,” said Anne McCall, M.D., Medical Director for Radiation Oncology for the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital. “By using the most advanced TruBeam new-generation linear accelerator system, we were able to deliver precisely targeted radiation therapy to provide the best results for Darbie.” 

Reassuring Advice to Others 

“I would highly recommend other cancer patients to seek treatment at both the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital,” said Day. “The care was exceptional and the staff were awesome!” said Day. 

“My advice to other patients is to remain positive and don’t dwell on the ‘what ifs’. I always tried to make myself feel good whether I put makeup on or wore a sassy hat, the little things, as well as a great husband really helped me stay upbeat,” said Day. “Be sure to live in the moment and do exactly what your physicians tell you to do. And rely on the loving support from your family and friends and most of all your faith to guide you through.”

Advancements in Hysterectomies

Posted on : 10-20-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Health Tips
 The da Vinci surgical system is a state-of-the-art surgical platform with 3D, high-definition vision and miniaturized, wristed surgical instruments designed to help doctors take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. By helping doctors to overcome the challenges of traditional open and laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery for women around the world. Benefits of robotic surgery include:  
  • Smaller and fewer scars–Since surgeons only need 2 or 3 small incisions to successfully complete surgery with the da Vinci Si surgical system, larger, more invasive incisions are now a thing of the past. These small incisions heal much more quickly and resolve with far less scarring.
  • Less pain or risk of infection–Minimally invasive surgery results in smaller incisions and much less pain during healing and recovery. Also, since less internally is exposed thanks to these smaller incisions, the risk of dangerous infection is reduced dramatically.
  • Faster recovery period–Due to the smaller incisions, patients tend to recover much more quickly from robotic surgery. A much smaller area of the body is involved, removed or cut, which means the patient has less to recover from. Post-operative hospital stays typically last no longer than 24 hours, and patients return to normal activities within days of the procedure.
  • Treat a number of gynecological conditions—The da Vinci surgical system can be used to treat Uterine Fibroids, Endometriosis, Uterine Prolapse, Menorrhagia, excessive bleeding ,Cervical and Uterine Cancer.

Learn More: Join Dr. Nahla Merhi, gynecologist on staff at Silver Cross Hospital, to learn about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, hysterectomy and fibroids at a free lecture, Big Decisions, Small Incisions. She will discuss the latest surgical options using the da Vinci surgery system.  This discussion will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at  Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, Conference Room 1BC, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  Click HERE  or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) to register. 

Join Dr. Nahla Merhi on July 24 for a discussion on Big Decisions, Small Incisions.

What it is: A partial hysterectomy removes the upper part of the uterus. A total hysterectomy removes the entire uterus and cervix. A radical hysterectomy, most often performed in cancer cases, removes the entire uterus, cervix and the upper portion of the vagina. And, depending on your specific circumstances, you may not be subject to a traditional surgical hysterectomy. How its Done Today: Today’s technological advancements in the field of medicine allow for a much less invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy and procedures using the da Vinci robotic surgical system. “Recovery time after a traditional hysterectomy can be as long as 6 weeks , but with robotic surgery, patients often experience less pain and blood loss, less scarring, and a quicker recovery,” says Dr. Nahla Merhi, gynecologist on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “Some patients can be back on their feet within a few hours, the benefits are remarkable!”

Childerguild to Recognize Dr. Joseph Karcavich & Russ Slinkard at Annual Ball

Posted on : 10-18-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Events, News

The Childerguild will host its 84th annual Ball Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park.  The evening’s festivities will include the presentation of the Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence for Healthcare to Dr. Joseph Karcavich and the Silver Cross Sangmeister Medal of Excellence for Community Service to community leader Russ Slinkard.

The Childerguild Ball will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing. Tickets are $200 per person and include an open bar. Black-tie is optional. Childerguild’s proceeds from this year’s event will be used to benefit women’s and children’s programs and services at the new Silver Cross Hospital. Call the Silver Cross Foundation at (815) 740-7105 to make reservations.

For over 100 years, Childerguild has served Silver Cross Hospital by raising funds to support and serve women and children. The annual tradition of the Childerguild Ball began in 1928 as a fundraiser for the Obstetrics and Pediatrics departments at Silver Cross Hospital, and keeps going strong thanks to the commitment of the members of Childerguild and to the many friends of the hospital who contribute to make this event a great success year after year. This year Barbara Steffes is chairing the Ball. Her committee includes: Adele Adams, Carole DeBenedetti, Robin Hartney, Karen Hughes, Pam Resutko, Cindy Studer, and Carole Ziemke.

Sehring Medal of Excellence Honoring Dr. Joseph Karcavich
The Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence, honoring the memory of George H. Sehring, M.D.—a dedicated physician who served the community for more than 40 years, recognizes the accomplishments of an outstanding individual for service to the health care profession.  Past recipients include Mark Danielson, M.D., Ernesto “Ernie” Tan, Dr. Al and Kay Ray, Tom Streitz, D.D.S., Daniel Gutierrez, M.D., Richard Tarizzo, M.D., Wylie Mullen, M.D., Samuel Goldhaber, M.D., Lora McGuire, R.N., Bun Siu Co, M.D, Keyton Nixon, and Irving “Bill” Rudman, M.D.

This year’s recipient is family medicine physician Joseph Karcavich, M.D.   Dr. Karcavich has diligently served the healthcare community for over 40 years. Throughout his 39 years at Silver Cross Hospital, he has shared his expertise as a leader serving as Chairman on the Silver Cross Hospital Utilization Committee, Vice-Chair of Family Practice, and Department Chairman on the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee. During the early years of his career, he worked hard making house calls, delivering babies and even assisting with surgeries. He has always been willing to extend himself for his patients and fellow physicians, as well as the residents of his community.

Over the years, Dr. Karcavich has volunteered with several community organizations. He was on the original Board of the Will Grundy Medical Clinic. This Board helped the Clinic get up and running, watched it grow and assist patients who were really having tough times in their lives. In addition, he served on the Criteria Care Committee of the Quad River Foundation where he collaborated with hospitals and community business leaders. Further, he volunteered his time on the Board of Directors for the Mother Theresa Nursing Home, and was President of the Will-Grundy County Medical Society, as well as Chairman of the Will-Grundy Chapter of the Illinois Academy of Family Practice.
“Dr. Karcavich’s dedication to Silver Cross Hospital and this community through his many volunteer efforts makes him a deserving recipient of the Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence Award,” said Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital.  “For his countless hours of service, we are truly grateful.” 
Sangmeister Medal of Excellence Honoring Russ Slinkard
The Silver Cross Sangmeister Medal of Excellence will also be awarded at the Childerguild Ball.  This Medal of Excellence is named after the late U.S. Congressman George E. Sangmeister, the medal’s first recipient, and is awarded to a leading citizen recognized for competence, service and dedication in a field other than healthcare that contributes to the common good.  The recipient exemplifies the values of caring service that is the cornerstone of Silver Cross Hospital.  Past recipients include Bob Rogina, James “Jim” Fagan, Val Rand, J.D. Ross, Frank Turk, Jr., Doug Hutchison, Gladys Fox, LaVerne and Dorothy Brown, Frank Margaron, Pam Heavens, Rev. Isaac Singelton Sr., and John Leach.

This year’s recipient is Russ Slinkard. Russ Slinkard is an outstanding example of a person who unselfishly has given many hours of his time to help others and improve the quality of life of Will County residents. After a successful career as a minister, Russ made a career change to see if he could make it in business. He held various roles at the Illinois Bell Telephone Company in Marketing and Public Affairs. Later, he worked at First National Bank of Joliet and Three Rivers Manufacturers Association. Currently, Russ works as the President/CEO of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Under his innovative leadership, the Chamber has flourished.

Throughout Russ’ life, he has been known as a dedicated community activist. For over 35 years, he has volunteered hundreds of hours of his time to numerous area organizations including the United Way of Will County where he has held various roles as Board President, Campaign Chair, and member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. In addition he has worked with the Center for Economic Development (CED) during the 1980’s. He was one of the charter members for the CED and served on its Board for 11 years. Further, for over 24 years Russ has been actively involved volunteering for Silver Cross Hospital. He has served on the Hospital’s Board of Trustees. Not only is Russ a champion for quality healthcare and business growth, but he also volunteered his time to improving education in the Joliet schools. Through his work with the Joliet Junior College, Russ assisted in bringing a big business perspective to the college’s Board of Directors.

“Russ Slinkard provides a wonderful example of service to the community in which he resides,” comments Pawlak.  “Through his leadership and insight, he has contributed in countless ways to improve the communities in Will County and the lives of its residents.

About Childerguild
Founded in 1910, by 13 benevolent women who had no children of their own, Childerguild was formed to benefit the obstetrics and pediatrics departments at Silver Cross Hospital.
In the early years, Childerguild raised funds through private donations and by hosting card parties.  The members took a hands-on approach to this organization by sewing layettes and clown dolls for the pediatric patients at Silver Cross.  During the war years, members knitted sweaters for the military and gave financial support to the American Red Cross, Navy League and the Salvation Army.  As ardent supporters of the children in our community, Childerguild also made contributions to the Herald News free milk fund and the local community chest.
Today, Childerguild raises funds by hosting their annual Ball and by operating the hospital’s gift shop.  Funds raised by Childerguild supports the hospital’s Women and Infant Services Birthing Center. For the past 102 years, the local charitable organization has donated more than $2.3 million to support women’s and children’s services at Silver Cross Hospital. In the spring of 2012, the organization made a $50,000 payment against their pledge of $250,000 to fund the Post Partum unit in the new Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox and provided over $55,000 to purchase medical items for the Maternal Child departments.

The Childerguild Gift Shop is open Monday through Saturday and is located in the lobby at new Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.  Customers are offered many unique items in the Childerguild Gift Shop, which features distinctive gifts, jewelry, unique handbags, toys, books and boutique baby clothes.  For more information, call the Silver Cross Volunteer Services Department at (815) 740-7117. For more information about Childerguild, call Silver Cross Volunteer Services at (815) 740-7117.

Over 100 Robotic Surgeries in 6 Months

Posted on : 10-17-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Fibroids, Health Tips, Incontinence, News, Replacement Hospital, Top 100 Hospitals, Uncategorized

When the new Silver Cross Hospital opened earlier this year, they debuted the da Vinci Si™ Robot, which is the most advanced robotic-assisted technology available today.  The robot, known at Silver Cross as Mia, which stands for minimally invasive approach, has been used by surgeons on staff at the New Lenox hospital to perform more than 100 robotic surgeries in the past six months.

Robotic surgery is the latest, technologically advanced approach to laparoscopic and minimally-invasive surgery. In the hands of properly trained and experienced surgeons, the surgical robot offers better clinical outcomes, including less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and faster return to normal activities,” said Dr. Thai Nguyen, urologist and medical director of the robotic surgery program at Silver Cross Hospital.

The da Vinci robot is designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. “The system combines a surgeon’s skill with precision technology to provide patients with the newest minimally invasive option for complex surgeries,” said Dr. Nahla Merhi, gynecologist on staff at Silver Cross Hospital.

Surgeons at Silver Cross use the robot to perform prostatectomies and gynecological surgical procedures. They have also performed several medical oncology procedures for colorectal, breast, stomach, and esophageal cancers over the past six months.

 “Extremely technical cancer surgeries are now being performed laparoscopically here at Silver Cross using this latest da Vinci robot,”  “said Dr. Reza Gamagami, general surgeon on staff at Silver Cross. 

Additionally, through a partnership between Silver Cross Hospital and The University of Chicago Medicine, patients are receiving comprehensive cancer care close to home. 

Obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Francisco Garcini adds, “Compared to traditional open surgeries, patients benefit from less scarring, minimal bleeding, shorter hospital stays and faster, less painful recoveries.

How does it Work?
Controlled by a surgeon from a console, the innovative da Vinci robot is used to make 1 to 2 cm incisions and then long, delicate instruments are inserted into the patient that enable specially trained physicians to perform the surgery.
Interestingly, misconceptions still exist that the robot is actually performing the surgery all by itself. “The important aspect to understand is that the robotic system cannot be programmed or can it make decisions by itself,” said Luke Cho, M.D., urologist on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “The da Vinci System requires that every surgical movement be performed with direct input from the surgeon.”

Robot Benefits Patients Undergoing Complex Procedures
Alsip resident Maureen Paulmeyer underwent a complicated procedure to remove a benign ovarian cyst the size of a tangerine using the da Vinci robot. “Ms. Paulmeyer’s cyst was located in the retroperitoneum (the far posterior deep part of the abdominal cavity), which is an unusual spot for ovarian cysts thusly ideal for the da Vinci robotic surgical approach,” said Dr. Thomas Vasdekas, the general surgeon who performed her procedure using the robot.

During traditional surgeries, a patient would spend 5 to7 days in the hospital.  However with the da Vinci Surgical System, Paulmeyer went home the same day with only a band-aid covering three small incisions.

“I was so glad to go home to recover in my own home. By using the robot, my major surgery did not end up being a huge interruption to my life,” said 45-year-old Paulmeyer, who is a Junior High School Principal.

Physicians on the Silver Cross Medical Staff, who are credentialed to perform surgery using the da Vinci Si™ Surgical System include:
• Dorothy Anoina, obstetrician/gynecologist
• Luke Cho, M.D., urologist
• Sandra Culbertson, M.D., urogynecologist
• Reza Gamagami, M.D., general surgeon
• Francisco Garcini, M.D., Ph.D., obstetrician/gynecologist
• Monique Jones, obstetrician/gynecologist
• Nita Lee, obstetrician/gynecologist
• Nahla  Merhi, M.D., gynecologist
• Thai Nguyen, M.D., urologist (Medical Director)
• Thomas Vasdekas, M.D., general surgeon

Free Lectures
Surgeons specially trained in robotic surgery will host free seminar in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center located in Pavilion A at 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Women who are considering a hysterectomy, can learn why daVinci surgery may be their best treatment option.  Join Dr. Nahla Merhi, gynecologist, for a lecture on Big Decisions, Small Incisions on Tuesday, October 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. She will discuss the latest innovative procedures to help relieve chronic pain within the reproductive system using robotic surgery.

For women who have had a hysterectomy, experienced vaginal birth or are obese and are living with pelvic prolapse, join Dr. Luke Cho, urologist, to learn about the benefits of surgery to correct this medical problem using thd daVinci robot. This free Women & Pelvic Problems lecture will be held on Monday,   December 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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Posted on : 10-17-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Uncategorized