Free yourself from Back, Hip & Knee Pain

Posted on : 08-24-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Aches & Pains, Bone Health, Events, Health Tips, orthopedics, Rehabilitation, screening

o-OLDER-WOMAN-IN-EXERCISE-CLOTHESMillions of Americans suffer from aches and pains daily. But at what level of distress should you seek help to find relief from your pain?

Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free Aches & Pains lecture series to assist you in determining when to seek help and how to eliminate soreness in various areas of the body.

All participants will receive a GIFT BAG which includes a gift certificate complementary back, joint or pain screening performed by a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross and other items to help you stay active. ($125 value).

Register to attend one or more talks at or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Low Back Pain
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6:30-7:30 pm.
Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, New Lenox
Dr. Chintan Sampat, orthopedic surgeon with Parkview Musculoskeletal Institute, will uncover the causes of this common complaint and discuss advanced treatment options to help your low back feel better.

Chronic Pain Management
Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Spencer School Campus
1711 S. Spencer RD., New Lenox
Karen Grube, physical therapist with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross Hospital, will talk about the latest non-surgical treatment options to help manage chronic

Hip Pain
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, New Lenox
From arthritis to bursitis to tendonitis, Dr. Andrew Ehmke, orthopaedic surgeon with Oak Orthopaedics, will discuss the common causes of nagging hip pain. He’ll also cover the latest non-surgical and surgical treatment options, including medicines, exercise and minimally invasive anterior hip replacement.

Knee Pain
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, New Lenox
Dr. Robert Daley, orthopaedic surgeon with Hinsdale Orthopaedic Associates, will discuss the latest minimally invasive knee replacement surgical techniques allowing for a precise fit of the custom implant, increased bone preservation, added stability, and reduced pain.

Banishing Back Pain without Surgery
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, New Lenox
Dr. Andrew Hendrix, medical director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross, will explain the common causes of low back pain and provide options on how to live better without surgery.

Silver Cross Surgeons Use a Robot to perform over 2,000 Gynecologic & other Procedures

daVinciCompanyPhotoWith one of the busiest robotic surgery programs in the Chicago area, Silver Cross Hospital has performed over 2,000 robotic procedures since the acquisition of the da Vinci Si Surgical System three years ago.

Today, there are 27 surgeons specially trained in advanced robotic-assisted techniques performing procedures using Silver Cross Hospital’s two daVinci robots. These surgeons use the robot to perform prostate, gynecologic, single-site gallbladder and complex oncologic (cancer) procedures for colorectal, stomach and esophageal disease.

Robotic Program Given High Marks

More and more patients are choosing the robotic surgical experience over traditional surgery. And, they continue to give Silver Cross high marks for patient satisfaction ranking the Hospital’s outpatient surgical program in the top 8% in the country according to Press Ganey.

“Silver Cross is a leader in robotic surgery with its commitment to high quality care, exceptional customer service and its unique position of having two robotic devices, which allows more area residents to benefit from this innovative technology,” said Dr. Thai Nguyen, urologist and medical director of the robotic surgery program at Silver Cross Hospital. “Robotic surgery is the latest, technologically advanced approach to minimally invasive surgery. At Silver Cross, we rigorously ensure that all surgeons and healthcare professionals on the robot team are well-trained on the da Vinci platform, and we are fortunate to have some of the most experienced robot specialists in the region.”

Urogynecologist, Dr. Sandra Culbertson adds, “Compared to traditional open surgeries, patients benefit from less scarring, minimal bleeding, shorter hospital stays and faster, less painful recoveries.”

Training Center for Surgeons around the Country

Surgeons from across the United States come to Silver Cross to observe and learn new techniques from national leaders Dr. R.A. Gamagami, general surgeon, and Dr. Nahla Merhi, gynecologic surgeon, who are designated Epicenter surgeons. Other institutions may have a robot, but at Silver Cross Hospital, Drs. Gamagami and Merhi are teaching other surgeons from across the U.S. how to use this important technology.

“The system combines a surgeon’s skill with precision technology to provide patients with the newest minimally invasive option for complex surgeries like a single-site hysterectomy,” said Dr. Merhi, co-director of the Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology at Silver Cross Hospital.

Dr. Gamagami added “extremely complex cancer surgeries are now being performed laparoscopically here at Silver Cross using the robot.” Dr. Gamagami is an expert in advanced robotic minimally invasive procedures using the da Vinci robot for oncologic (cancer) and colorectal surgery.

How does it Work?

Controlled by a surgeon from a console, the innovative robot is used to make 1 to 2 cm incisions and then long, delicate instruments are inserted into these incisions 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, nor can it make decisions by itself,” said Thomas Kazmierczak, D.O., obstetrician and gynecologist on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “The da Vinci System requires that every surgical movement be performed with direct input from the surgeon.”

Physicians* on the Silver Cross Medical Staff, who are credentialed to perform surgery using the da Vinci Si™ Surgical System include:

For a referral to a physician on the Silver Cross Medical Staff who performs robotic surgery, call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or click here.

*Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.


Celebrating the Benefits of Breastfeeding

Posted on : 08-06-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Celebration of Health, Events, News, Pregnancy
Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Katy Lebbing, Margaret Dombrowski, and Cathleen Vasquez, along with new mom Marilyn Gotlund and her baby daughter, and expecting mom Emily Johnson.

Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Katy Lebbing, Margaret Dombrowski, and Cathleen Vasquez, along with new mom Marilyn Gotlund and her baby daughter, and expecting mom Emily Johnson.

In honor of National Breastfeeding Month and World Breastfeeding Week, Silver Cross Hospital Lactation Consultants and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) raised awareness for breastfeeding during the annual World Breastfeeding Week Celebration. An informative display table, refreshments, and prizes were available on Aug. 5 in the Birthing Center Lobby at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. Silver Cross Hospital’s International Board Certified Lactation Consultants answered questions and provided information to hospital visitors and staff members who visited the display.

The 2015 World Breastfeeding Week theme is “Breastfeeding and Work, Let’s Make It Work.” This year’s theme calls for concerted global action to support women to combine breastfeeding and work. Whether a woman is working in the formal, non-formal, or home setting, it is necessary that she is empowered in claiming her and her baby’s right to breastfeed. At the workplace level, we have seen more actions taken to set up breastfeeding or mother-friendly workplaces including awards for breastfeeding-friendly employers, as well as greater mass awareness on working women’s rights to breastfeed.

Because breastfeeding improves short and long term maternal and child health, the United States has worked to increase the breastfeeding rates over the years, and keeps a Breastfeeding Report Card. In 2007 in the United States 73.8% of mothers initiated breastfeeding, in 2010 it was 75%, and in 2014 it was 79.2%. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiation rate goal for Healthy People 2020 is 81.9%. “We hope our efforts at Silver Cross to promote and support breastfeeding will help more moms breastfeed their children,” said Katy Lebbing, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for Silver Cross Hospital.

Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Katy Lebbing with Tiarra Mitchell, who gave birth to her daughter during World Breastfeeding Week at Silver Cross Hospital.

Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Katy Lebbing with Tiarra Mitchell, who gave birth to her daughter during World Breastfeeding Week at Silver Cross Hospital.

Research shows that the best feeding option globally is the initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of life, and exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. Continued breastfeeding with solid foods added is optimal through the second year and beyond. Even though exclusive breastfeeding for the first six month is optimal – in the U.S. in 2014 only 18.8% of women were able to achieve that goal. Increasing maternity leaves, and increased support for working mothers, will help mothers breastfeed longer.

Silver Cross Hospital offers Breastfeeding Classes for pregnant women and their support persons to learn about breastfeeding. After hospital discharge an Outpatient Lactation Clinic is available to continue to help mothers and their babies. The Hospital has monthly Breastfeeding Support Groups.

Silver Cross Recertified as a Primary Stroke Center

Posted on : 07-28-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Emergency, News, Rehabilitation, Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute, Stroke Care

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Joint Commission Gold SealSilver Cross Hospital has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

Silver Cross underwent a rigorous onsite review in June 2015. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).

“Silver Cross Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. “We commend Silver Cross for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

“We congratulate Silver Cross for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines Silver Cross Hospital has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

“We are pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital. “The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide through the Silver Cross Neurocience Institute as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further.”


Knowing how to prevent a stroke is important. Knowing where to go can save a life.

ucm_452104fast_liveStroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

“Our goal is to make sure that every patient receives the right treatment at the right time,” says Dr. Kathleen McCahill, Medical Director of the Silver Cross Stroke Program. “The concepts behind Primary Stroke Centers include a heightened state of readiness for stroke patients, making sure hospital-wide mechanisms are in place to rapidly identify and intervene in acute stroke, and a multi-disciplinary team who can deliver rapid and sophisticated care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Silver Cross is one of the few hospitals in the area offering advanced technologies to extend the treatment window for stroke up to 8 hours. Neuro interventional radiologists and neurosurgeons are available to treat strokes in the hospital’s state-of-the-art biplane angiography suite.

“This advanced technology allows for an even greater level of safety for patients by cutting the normal procedure length and radiation exposure in half,” says Dr. Harish Shownkeen, Medical Director of the Neuro Interventional Program at Silver Cross. “And, patients don’t need to go anywhere else to recover.”

Silver Cross Hospital’s partnership with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) ensures patients will receive an unmatched recovery experience close to home. RIC has been ranked the “Best Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News and World Report every year since 1991. Patients benefit from RIC at Silver Cross’ inpatient rehabilitation unit as well as four outpatient facilities—at the hospital, Homer Glen, New Lenox (Route 30) and West Joliet.

I Matter Discount: Budget Blinds

Posted on : 07-27-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, Discounts, I Matter Benefits, Mammography

Whether you have just moved into a new house or remodeling, choosing the right window treatment can be a daunting task. So why not call in a professional and save some money in the process.

IMG_0147Budget Blinds serving Frankfort and the surrounding communities offers fantastic discounts to Silver Cross I Matter members. Local Budget Blinds consultant Susan Gomez even offers 25% off selected Signature Series Window Treatments. And when you schedule a free in-home consultation, she brings you complimentary Design Guide filled with decorating ideas, tips and trends.

Susan’s goal is to provide I Matter members with the best products and services in order to enrich your home environment. Her lavish selection of window treatments includes shutters, blinds, draperies, shades and even window film. Regardless of the window’s size or shape, you can rest assured Budget Blinds will have a customized window coverings solution ready for you. Their products have even been seen on HGTV’s Buying & Selling, Property Brothers at Home, and DIY’s Blog Cabin.

To get started, call Susan at (708) 444-1737 for your in-home consultation or email her at You can also check out some of her custom work online. Oh yeah – she also does commercial window coverings.

I-Matter-Discount-Cards-purple-1Now if you can’t find your I Matter membership card, you’ve let yours expire, or simply don’t have one, don’t fret. Just sign-up online to become an I Matter member and then schedule your appointment for a mammogram online or by calling 1-815-300-7076. We no longer require a doctor’s order making it even more convenient to get this important test. Early detection is the key to catching breast cancer at its earliest stages when it is the most treatable. You see, it matters to us that you get screened. And it matters to Susan and the Budget Blinds team too, which is why we have teamed up to reward you with discounts just for taking care of yourself. So make that call today to schedule your annual mammogram and then go save some money on your new gorgeous window coverings!


Specialist Spotlight: Knee Replacement

Posted on : 07-27-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Aches & Pains, Bone Health, Health Tips, orthopedics, Rehabilitation, Specialist Spotlight
Robert Daley, M.D.,  Orthopaedic Surgeon with Hinsdale Orthopaedics at Silver Cross Hospital

Robert Daley, M.D.,
Orthopaedic Surgeon with Hinsdale Orthopaedics   at Silver Cross Hospital

As a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and partner with Hinsdale Orthopaedics, Dr. Robert Daley is one of Chicagoland’s leading surgeons in the areas of Total Hip Replacement, Minimally Invasive Hip and Knee Replacement, and Knee Arthroscopy. He gained national prominence when, as team physician for the Chicago White Sox, he performed Bo Jackson’s Total Hip Replacement, allowing him to successfully return to playing professional baseball. He also performed Artificial Knee Replacement surgery on Dan Hampton, a Hall of Fame NFL defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears.

Today, Dr. Daley is a legend in his own right having helped thousands of patients over the past 27 years who have suffered from pain and loss of function from disease or injury. Many of these patients were cared for at Silver Cross Hospital, which has been recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement and recently received an “A” Hospital Safety Score from the Leapfrog Group.

With advanced training in specialized joint surgery including a Reconstructive Joint Surgery fellowship at the renowned Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Daley is a leader in adapting the latest minimally invasive techniques and technology to enhance the patient experience. At Silver Cross Hospital, Dr. Daley uses a revolutionary new technology called Visionaire for knee replacement surgery. Using this special software, Dr. Daley can upload the patient’s MRI and X-rays to map out the patient’s anatomy and re-establish true alignment of the knee for precise fit of the implant. Customized surgical cutting guides and implants are then created that match the outer shape and contours of the patient’s knee joint bones.

“Everything is made-to-order for each patient,” said Dr. Daley. “This patient-matching technology allows me to precisely position the knee implant, preserve more bone, provide added stability, and reduce pain as well as anesthesia time minimizing the risk of infection.”

For many years, Dr. Daley has been involved in the design and development of surgical implants for several manufacturers, giving him additional insight into determining the best solutions for his patients. This includes knee implants that are light in weight, hypoallergenic, and durable. In fact, the new Verilast knee system can last up to 30 years under typical conditions. Previously, knee implants only lasted between 10 to 15 years.

“I will do everything in my power to return patients to their active lifestyle faster,” said Dr. Daley. “I encourage all my joint replacement patients to attend a pre-operative education program so they know what to expect before, during and after surgery as well as what they can do to recover more quickly.”

Dr. Daley is also a strong proponent of rehabilitation and home health care; especially for those patients who require assistance when loved ones are unable or unavailable.

His patients truly appreciate the personalized attention and care that they receive. Dr. Daley has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Top Doctor for Orthopaedics, and also as a Silver Cross Hospital “Top Doc” for ranking in the top 1% of physicians across the nation for patient satisfaction.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Daley, call (815) 462-3474.

RIC at Silver Cross now offers Lymphedema Therapy for cancer patients

Posted on : 07-27-2015 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Cancer, Rehabilitation

RICSchphoto7FinalSubmitted by Temi Asein, Physical Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT-LANA) with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital

It’s critical for cancer patients and survivors to maintain the things in life that are important to them— energy, mobility, and activity level. Oftentimes, people who survive cancer suffer from a serious side effect of treatment known as lymphedema, and they may not even be aware of it. Fortunately, cancer patients can find relief with lymphedema therapy that is now available at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital (RIC).

What is Lymphedema?

According to the National Cancer Institute, lymphedema occurs when the lymph system is damaged or blocked. The condition is commonly caused by the removal of or damage to the lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. It results from a blockage in the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and the fluid buildup in soft body tissues leads to swelling.

Lymphedema usually affects an arm or leg, but it can also affect other parts of the body. Lymphedema can cause long-term physical, psychological, and social challenges for patients. However it can be managed with early diagnosis and continual care to the affected limb.  It often occurs in breast cancer patients who had all or part of their breast removed and axillary (underarm) lymph nodes removed. Lymphedema in the legs may occur after surgery for uterine cancer, prostate cancer, lymphoma, or melanoma. It may also occur with vulvar cancer or ovarian cancer. There’s no cure for lymphedema.

Lymphedema and Cancer Care Close to Home

The recovery process for cancer survivors is about achieving one’s greatest potential. RIC at Silver Cross Hospital provides treatment that goes beyond medical and surgical treatment options. To make treatment easier, RIC’s services are conveniently accessible to patients on the Silver Cross Hospital campus in New Lenox off of I-355 and Rt. 6.

We use evidenced-based treatment to address cancer patients’ physical and cognitive concerns caused by the disease and treatment.  Our goal is always to help patients meet their challenges and achieve their highest ability.  Our lymphedema therapy program includes an evaluation, therapeutic services and patient education for the following cancer related conditions:

  • fatigue
  • pain
  • joint stiffness
  • weakness
  • limited mobility
  • neuropathy, swallowing difficulty
  • speech difficulty
  • scar management
  • post-radiation skin
  • tissue changes
  • cognitive impairment
  • bowel and bladder dysfunction.

Treatment consists of education, manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging and garment fitting, exercise, and long-term home management. Although care plans are tailored to each patient, here at RIC at Silver Cross, we follow the same protocols and pathways that are used at RIC in Chicago.

If you would like more information about treatment for lymphedema or to schedule an appointment, call (815) 300-7110.  A physician’ order is required. And new patients can now schedule their first appointment online through SCHedule NOW.



Scheduling your Test is as Easy as 1-2-3!

Posted on : 07-27-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Uncategorized

We know that you are a super busy woman.  So we have made your life just a little easier by giving you the option to schedule your next appointment for your mammogram, bone density (DexaScan) and other important tests online.  You can do it from your PC, smartphone, tablet or any other mobile device 24 hours a day/7 days a week.  It’s easy, convenient and hassle-free. Of course you can still call us at (815) 300-7076 and our Scheduling Team will be more than happy to assist you.

If you have not tried SCHedule NOW yet, here is a quick tutorial to get you started.


Book your next Mammogram appointment online!

Posted on : 07-13-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Mammography, Osteoporosis, Rehabilitation, screening

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I Matter Discounts: Joliet Slammers Baseball

Posted on : 06-25-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, Discounts, I Matter Benefits

Print“Take me out to the Ball Game. Take me out to the Crowd. I can buy me some more peanuts and Cracker Jacks because I am saving big bucks with my I Matter discounts!”

Okay, maybe these days it is Nachos and Dipping Dots. But the rewards are SWEET. The Joliet Slammers has made every day “Ladies Day” by offering Silver Cross I Matter members valuable discounts off all ticket purchases.

If you haven’t taken your family see the Joliet Slammers play at Silver Cross Field this year, all is good. There are plenty of games left with lots of fun activities. Here’s what’s on deck for July.

Click here for a complete schedule of games and special events.

You can buy tickets by calling (815) 722-2287 or at the Silver Cross Field Box Office, 1 Mayor Art Schultz Dr., Joliet. Just present your I Matter membership card to get your discount. If you’re not an I Matter member, sign-up today and schedule your mammogram online or by calling (815) 300-7076. And remember, you no longer need a doctor’s order if this is your annual screening mammogram.