New Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic

Posted on : 08-20-2014 | By : tsimons | In : News
Pictured from left to right are Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Margaret Dombrowski, along with new mom and Minooka resident Nicole Belke with her 4-week-old son Kevin, and Marilyn Paolella, Director of Women and Infant Services at Silver Cross Hospital. First time mom Nicole Belke visits the new Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic now available at the hospital’s New Lenox campus.

Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Margaret Dombrowski along with new mom and Nicole Belke with her 4-week-old son Kevin and Marilyn Paolella, Director of Women and Infant Services at Silver Cross Hospital.

Sometimes new moms need help as they begin breastfeeding their babies or when problems arise during breastfeeding. To address these issues, Silver Cross is offering a new Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic on the hospital’s New Lenox campus. This new clinic is sponsored by the Silver Cross Women and Infant Services Birthing Center.

“More and more families are choosing Silver Cross for the birth of their first, second or even third child,” says Marilyn Paolella, R.N., Director of Women and Infant Services at Silver Cross Hospital.  “And although patients are giving us high marks for the care we provide, we are always looking at how we can improve the birthing experience. We feel by offering an Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic, we are able to help women find success in breastfeeding even after they go home with their newborns.”

The Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic provides support for moms, while helping them to reach their breastfeeding goals. “Many times, women quit breastfeeding because of difficulties they endure, whether it is insufficient milk supply, painful breastfeeding, or poor weight gain in the infant,” said Margaret Dombrowski, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at Silver Cross Hospital. “The clinic empowers women with lactation education and improves the health status of mothers and babies through nutrition management during their breastfeeding experience.”

How Does the Clinic Work?
The Clinic is staffed by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have advanced training in breastfeeding management. All lactation consultants are experienced in counseling, teaching, and problem solving with latching or other breastfeeding issues. During the appointment, which is 45 minutes to an hour, specially trained lactation consultants observe and assess a feeding. Patients come to the breastfeeding clinics only to solve issues with breastfeeding. All other medical and developmental issues with the child are referred back to the child’s pediatrician. The Breastfeeding Clinic is available two days a week by appointment. Patients must contact their obstetrician or pediatrician for a referral.

“More and more studies have shown that with continued postnatal support, like what is given to new moms at our Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic, contributes to increased breastfeeding duration,” said Margaret. “Breast milk has antibodies to disease, is always warm, and releases hormones into the mother’s blood stream that calms her while she is nursing. Breastfeeding is so beneficial in fostering good health in babies.”

New Mom Shares Her Experience 
For new mom Nicole Belke having access to the Silver Cross Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic gave her a lot of relief. “The Clinic has been a fantastic resource for my husband, Brian, and I,” said the Minooka resident. “As first time parents, we were concerned when our newborn son, Kevin, wouldn’t feed and continued to cry for over four hours. It was so comforting to talk with Margaret. Her reassuring voice and helpful suggestions enabled our newborn son to get fed and all of us get a much needed good night’s rest.”


Cancer-Free in under a Month

Posted on : 08-15-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Cancer, News, Success Stories


Jodi Dozier, a longtime smoker, went to see her physician for an annual physical.  Dr. Nanette Gormley ordered a chest-X-ray, which showed a nodule on Jodi’s lung that required further testing.  She chose to go to Silver Cross Hospital for the CT Lung Scan since it was close to her Orland Park home.  While Jodi was checking in for her test, she noticed a flyer for a new Multi-Disciplinary Lung Cancer Conference where she could have several cancer experts on staff at Silver Cross review her medical information and provide a consensus recommendation on a plan of care all in the same day and at no charge.  She tucked it in her handbag—just in case!    

Jodi’s CT Scan looked suspicious so her physician ordered a needle biopsy at Silver Cross.  On June 10, Dr. Gormley informed Jodi that she had lung cancer.  A tumor the size of a tennis ball was sitting in the upper lobe of Jodi’s right lung.   Jodi immediately pulled out the flyer about the Lung Cancer Conference and showed it to Dr. Gormley who suggested she schedule an appointment.  Jodi called (815) 300-LUNG, explained that she had just been diagnosed with lung cancer, and was told Dr. Lawrence Schilder, medical  director of hematology/oncology with The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross, could meet with her at 10 a.m.     

Dr. Schilder discussed Jodi’s case with the other cancer experts participating in the Conference including a pulmonologist, interventional radiologist, radiation oncologist and thoracic surgeon.     

“The multidisciplinary lung conference provides the opportunity for us to confer weekly with doctors in other specialties, and facilitates the delivery of state-of-the-art lung cancer treatment,” said Dr. Schilder.  “This approach will increase the chance that Jodi will be cured of her cancer, because coordinated care leads to better results.”    

They recommended that Jodi have a PET Scan and MRI the following week to determine the best course of treatment.  The next day, Jodi saw Dr. David Cziperle, a thoracic surgeon, who initially was not convinced that she would be a good candidate for surgery because of how her lungs appeared on the images.  After meeting Jodi, a physically fit 60-year old that had no trouble breathing, and further consultation with Dr. Schilder, the three agreed that Jodi should move forward with the procedure to remove the tumor.     

Jodi talks with The Multi-Disciplinary Lung Cancer Conference physicians.


 Jodi had surgery on June 30 at Silver Cross Hospital—less than three weeks after being diagnosed.  Dr. Cziperle removed the tumor and also several lymph nodes to make sure the cancer had not spread.  Jodi went home after four days in the hospital.  Following a month of recuperation at home, she will begin a preventative round of chemotherapy under Dr. Schilder’s care at the end of August.  Jodi also quit smoking.    

“Jodi’s course is an example of what we passionately strive to achieve everyday in the treatment of lung cancer,” said Dr. Cziperle. “ Customized, expeditious, state-of-the-art lung cancer management is the goal of the Multi-Disciplinary Lung Cancer Conference at Silver Cross Hospital.”    

“I am so blessed to have been part of the Lung Cancer Conference,” said Jodi.  “I never had to wait long for anything—appointments, tests, or results.  I couldn’t be more thrilled with the care I received from all the doctors and nurses, and it was so convenient that I could go to Silver Cross for everything.  I am just so grateful.”    

If you or a loved one could benefit from Silver Cross Hospital’s Multi-Disciplinary Lung Cancer Conference, call (815) 300-LUNG.  Every effort will be made to see patients within a week in order to expedite care.    

Jodi Dozier, a longtime smoker, went to see her physician for an annual physical.

Silver Cross & NHBW awards Scholarships

Posted on : 08-13-2014 | By : tsimons | In : News

Tyashia Pierce, Destiny Alexander, Ardith Neal, Jautece McNear, and Louis Williamson each received $1,000 scholarships from the Joliet Chapter of the National Hook-Up of Black Women through a grant given by The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission

The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission gave a $6,000 grant to the National Hook-Up of Black Women (NHBW), Joliet Chapter to provide scholarships to area students. Each the following students received a $1,000 scholarship:  Destiny Alexander, Crystal Malone, Jautece McNear, Christopher Norwood, Tyashia Pierce and Louis Williamson.

“The National Hook-Up of Black Women is thankful to the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission,” said Lou Ann Johnson, President of Joliet’s National Hook-Up of Black Women. “By providing scholarships to local students to further their education, we are helping these children from our community improve the quality of their life.”

The National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc., Joliet Chapter is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable community service organization dedicated to improving the lives of families through support of the arts, culture, health, education, and human services programs. Each year, the organization awards scholarships to students who demonstrate good grades and community service. With the help of Silver Cross’ Healthy Community Commission, they are able to grant new scholarships to six deserving individuals. Scholarship recipients must live within the zip codes 60432, 60433 and 60436.

The purpose of Silver Cross’s Healthy Community Commission is to coordinate and enhance existing programs for workforce development, education and business growth with a focus on health care and construction. One of the not-for-profit organization’s main goals is to create a stronger, healthier future for Joliet. 

In addition to providing scholarships for the area’s youth, NHBW and Silver Cross Hospital also work together to improve the literacy level in Joliet through the Reading for Life Program.   In 2011, Silver Cross donated funds, furniture and computers to help establish the first NHBW & Silver Cross Reading Room in Joliet.  Today, the hospital continues to support the program with annual grants and book donations to 9 locations in Joliet, Lockport and Bolingbrook.   In the Reading Rooms/Corners, children and parents are able to swap, borrow or take a book to keep in their own personal libraries. During the past three years, the Reading for Life Literacy Program provided more than 10,000 books to over 3,000 children and adults in the community.  For more information about the NHBW & Silver Cross Reading Rooms, call either (815) 364-2740 or (815) 727-9079.

I Matter Member’s Save 5-10% at Hope’s Kitchen

Posted on : 08-08-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, Discounts, I Matter Benefits, Mammography

Now that the kids are heading back to school, why not make it a point to stop by Hope’s Kitchen for lunch.  Bring the little ones or just the girls.  Either way, you deserve it and will be supporting the community.  The students of Hopewell Academy, a special needs high school in New Lenox, work at Hope’s Kitchen to obtain valuable employment skills.

Everything is made to order—salads, sandwiches and even cupcakes.  Although our personal favorite is their Strawberry Rhubarb pie. Yum!  Hope’s Kitchen is located near Silver Cross Hospital at the corner of Francis and Cedar Roads making it even more convenient to stop by after your doctor’s appointment, mammogram or other medical service.  If you are short on time, you can call 815-463-8875 and they will have it ready for pick-up.  The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Best of all, I Matter members receive 5-10% off with every order when you present your blue or yellow I Matter discount card. 

If you don’t have an I Matter card, no worries. Just follow these simple steps to get yours:

Not a current I Matter member?  Sign-up online for free.  You will receive your discount card when you come to Silver Cross for your annual mammogram or heart screening. You can request an appointment online or call (815) 300-7076.  As a reminder, a doctor’s order is required for all mammograms.

Expired or lost card?  You will receive a new card the next time you come in for your screenings. So don’t wait too long. It’s important that you take care of yourself and get a piece of that famous homemade pie!

Back to School, Back to the Doctor

Posted on : 08-08-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, Health Tips, News, Physicals

Submitted by Anadavally Pillai, M.D., family practice physician

No matter what grade your child is about to enter, there’s the yearly back-to-school checklist of to-dos: shopping for school supplies, filling out permission forms, and for some, a school physical. In Illinois, a physical examination and updated immunizations are required for children entering Kindergarten, Second Grade, Sixth Grade, and High School. A complete list of requirements is available of the Illinois State Board of Education’s website.

For many students back-to-school checkups are often the only visit most kids and teenagers have with their doctor during the year.  Most parents think of a back-to-school physical as the exam with the stethoscope and other doctor gadgets. While that’s very important, I spend more time discussing nutrition, exercise, sleep, and media exposure and safety, as these things can really impact a child’s future health.

It’s also a good chance to address important questions, especially with teenagers, including adolescent issues of drinking, smoking, drugs, sexual activity, and depression. 

To make it convenient for parents, Dr. Pillai is offering discounted school and sports physicals for students age 6 years and older through Sept. 30, 2014. at her office in the Silver Cross Professional Building-West Joliet Call (815) 744-4440 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

FREE Download: In Case of Emergency I.C.E Smartphone App

Posted on : 08-08-2014 | By : rshah | In : Video

To its owner, the mobile phone is an indispensable lifeline at times of crisis, reuniting loved ones separated by unforeseen events at the touch of a button. But for emergency responders making life-and-death decisions, the phone poses a conundrum: Which of the numbers stored in its electronic address book should they call to reach your next of kin?

iphoneProblem solved!  Silver Cross Hospital offers a free smartphone application that could save your life in an emergency. The I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) application creates one central location to conveniently store information about your health conditions and current medications along with emergency contacts.

“Emergency responders are trained to search people’s cell phones for ICE information in the event of an accident or other emergency,” says Dr. Silvio Morales, medical director of the Silver Cross Emergency Department. “Having your emergency contact information stored in the app provides them, with one touch access to who you are and your key medical information to allow for proper, informed care during an emergency.”

Silver Cross Hospital’s ICE application is free and now available for download at the iTunes and  Android App Stores.   For tips on  installing or using the app, watch the video below.

I Matter Member Discounts on Pain Relief/Massages

Posted on : 07-21-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, I Matter Benefits

The physicians and staff at Integrated Physical Medicine (IPM) believe that no one should have to live with chronic pain which is why IPM  is offering discounts to Silver Cross Hospital I Matter members. Just present your blue or yellow I Matter card at time of service to receive your 5-10% discount.  If you are not an I Matter member, you can sign-up for free.  You will receive your membership card the next time you come to Silver Cross for your annual mammogram or heart screening.  In addition to IPM, you can use your card to receive valuable discounts at over 130 local businesses.

Integrated Physical Medicine (IPM) is a multidisciplinary healthcare facility offering the most skilled and comprehensive chiropractic care and massage therapy in our community.  This organization is the first of its kind in this area and has office locations in both New Lenox and Joliet.

IPM is owned and operated by physicians Dr. Scott J. Kenny and Dr. Jon M. Polcyn.  Doctors Kenny and Polcyn are both local New Lenox residents and both graduated from Providence Catholic High School.  The facility in New Lenox has been servicing the healthcare needs of our community since 2010.  The Joliet location opened its doors in 2013.

The physicians and staff at IPM are excited to introduce a revolutionary approach to non-drug and non-surgical treatment and therapies all found under one roof. “IPM wants our patients and community to know that physical problems demand a physical solution and people do not get healthy sitting on couches!” Dr. Kenny contends.

“The unique 360-degree approach has allowed our physicians and staff to have phenomenal success,” Kenny attests. This thorough approach has assisted in treating headaches and migraines; neck, mid back, and lower back pain; shoulder, elbow, and wrist pain; hip, knee, and ankle pain; sciatica; bulging or herniated discs; plantar fasciitis; sprains/strains; tendonitis; sports injuries; pre and post surgical rehabilitation; strength and conditioning; nutritional counseling and weight loss programs. 

The physicians and staff at IPM want patients to know that they can take control of their healthcare.  “The most important lesson that we try to teach our patients is that pain does not dictate your health,” Dr. Kenny states.  “One’s ability to function or move, exercise, or play with their kids, for example, is the most important indicator of health.” 

“Physical problems like muscle spasm, muscle weakness, and limited range of motion demand physical solutions,” he continues.  “We have had phenomenal success incorporating physical solutions into our patients’ treatment plans.”  These solutions include chiropractic, physical therapy, athletic training, massage therapy, and nutritional counseling.

“In today’s day and age, people have many resources to educate themselves about the options that exist for healthcare,” Kenny states. “People know and understand that chiropractic in conjunction with physical therapy is safe, cost-effective, and covered by most insurance plans. 

“We want people to start to think outside the box,” he asserts. “We challenge ourselves to get our patients better faster and keep our patients better longer.”

For more information or to schedule a thorough consultation with one of the IPM physicians, please call 815-717-8355 (New Lenox) 815-439-2726 (Joliet), visit their Facebook page, and/or visit the IPM website.

Are Your Kids Ready for Fall Sports Season?

Posted on : 07-21-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, Health Tips, News, Physicals

Submitted by Priya Shastri, MD, family practice physician

Playing on a school or community sports team is a great way for kids to stay in shape and learn teamwork. No matter which sport your son or daughter plays — whether it’s football, cross country, golf or cheerleading, there’s always a risk of getting hurt.

The casualties of youth sports can range from minor sprained ankles and repetitive strains, to more serious conditions like concussions or exercise-induced asthma.  Some kids may even have serious allergic reactions to bees and other insects found in playing fields.” 

To avoid getting hurt or sick on the field, court, and track, kids need to be prepared. That preparation starts with seeing a health care provider for a sport’s physical or pre-participation physical examination (PPE) to make sure their bodies are ready for the season ahead.   

Ideally athletes should have the exam done about six to eight weeks before sports season starts. That way, if your physician wants to treat a condition, refer you to a specialist, or do a follow-up exam, there will be enough time before the sport begins to be cleared to play.

What to Expect During a Sports Physical

The sports physical starts with a thorough medical history. The physicians will ask about any history of illness, hospitalizations, or injuries that might prevent your teen from playing, or that might limit the amount of activity the child or teen can handle. The medical history will be followed by a physical exam, in which the physicians will:

  • record your height and weight
  • take a blood pressure and pulse (heart rate and rhythm) reading
  • test vision
  • check the heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat
  • evaluate posture, joints, strength, and flexibility

Additional testing such as blood tests, X-rays, or electrocardiogram may be ordered during the sports physical.  Although most aspects of the exam will be the same for males and females, if a person has started or already gone through puberty, the physicians may ask girls and guys different questions. For example, if a girl is heavily involved in a lot of active sports, they may ask her about her period and diet to make sure she doesn’t have something like female athlete triad, which is disordered eating, amenorrhea and osteoporosis. They may also ask questions about use of drugs, alcohol, or dietary supplements, including steroids or other “performance enhancers” and weight-loss supplements, because these can affect a person’s health.

If everything checks out during the physical, the physicians will approve the athlete to play without any restrictions or he might recommend certain modifications, like using special protective equipment, carrying an epinephrine auto injector for severe insect allergies, or using an inhaler for asthma. It’s unusual for kids to be banned from playing altogether.  Most health conditions won’t prevent kids from participating in sports, but sometimes they’ll need treatment such as therapy and a follow-up exam in order to play.

To make it easy on parents, Dr. Shastri is offering discounted sports physicals for students age 6 years and older through Sept. 30, 2014.  Call (815) 300-1450 for more imformation.

Encore Shop Back-to-School Sale

Posted on : 07-21-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, Events, News

Silver Cross Hospital’s resale shop—Encore Shop, will host a Back-to-School Sale, Tuesday, Aug, 5 and Wednesday, Aug, 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Some of the items available to purchase include:

  • school and office supplies
  • back packs
  • binders
  • dorm room necessities
  • and other school related materials.  

All proceeds benefit Silver Cross Hospital, a not-for-profit health care provider. In addition, beginning Aug. 5, all other items in the Encore Shop will be half-price.

The Encore Shop is located in the Hershman Building, 1301 Copperfield Ave., Joliet—on the former Silver Cross Hospital campus.  The store is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Donations can be dropped off at the 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 12 years, the Advisory Board has donated more than $935,000 to Silver Cross for the purchase of a variety of medical equipment.  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.

Enhanced Services for Your New Grandchildren

Posted on : 07-16-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Fertility, News
First-time mom Amanda Stroud holding her newborn son Jordan with Kathleen Choate, R.N., from the Silver Cross Special Care Nursery

With the opening of the new Silver Cross Hospital in 2012, in the past two years, the physicians and nursing team delivered over 5,000 babies.  Nearly half of all babies in Will County are now born at Silver Cross Hospital

“More and more families are choosing Silver Cross for the birth of their first, second or even third child,” says Marilyn Paollela, Director of Women and Infant Services at Silver Cross Hospital.  “And although patients are giving us high marks for the care we provide, we are always looking at how we can improve the birthing experience.”

According to Press, Ganey, a national patient satisfaction survey organization, the Silver Cross Birthing Center ranks in the Top 5% in the country.  And, several of the obstetrician/gynecologists on the Hospital’s Medical Staff rank in the Top 1% nationally for patient satisfaction. They are:

Specialists In-House 24/7

For the past 18 years, Silver Cross has partnered with Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital) to ensure that a specially trained neonatologist or pediatric hospitalist is onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And if needed, Lurie Children’s pediatric cardiologists are available to analyze a baby’s echocardiogram in real time through a video linkage with Silver Cross.

“Having a doctor from Children’s immediately available is a benefit since they can provide expert specialty care to newborns that may otherwise need to be transported to Chicago or a specialty center outside the community,” says Paollela.    “And if a newborn needs follow-up specialist care, Lurie Children’s outpatient clinic is conveniently located on our hospital campus.

In addition to neonatologists/pediatric hospitalists, patients can find comfort in knowing that Silver Cross has made sure that an obstetrician/gynecologist and anesthesiologist is also now available in the hospital 24 hours and day, 7 days a week. 

Level II Nursery with Extended Capabilities

At Silver Cross, the top priority is to make sure that patients of all ages receive the best possible care.  Therefore, the Hospital voluntarily sought designation by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for having a Level II Nursery with extended neonatal capabilities.  This designation means that the state recognizes Silver Cross Hospital’s ability to care for low-birth-weight infants (2 pounds, 12 ounces or greater), premature infants (30 or more weeks gestation), and infants on mechanical ventilators.  Now, few babies ever need to be transferred to specialized neonatal care centers.

“This recognition is significant because it ensures the community that Silver Cross has demonstrated that we have highly-skilled physicians and nurses on staff, as well as state-of-the art facilities, equipment and supplies that are needed to provide more complex care to high risk mothers and their babies,” said Paolella.

First-time mom Amanda Stroud is thrilled with the highly-skilled care her infant son is receiving at Silver Cross’ Level II Nursery with extended neonatal capabilities. Amanda’s newborn son, Jordan, was born six and half weeks early on July 3 and will more than likely being staying in the special care nursery until his original due date of August 18.  As a result, his lungs weren’t fully developed which required him to need extended care on oxygen in an isolette.

“My husband and I are so comfortable having Jordan cared for by the wonderful nurses in Silver Cross’ Special Care Nursery,” said the Joliet resident. “The nurses are so knowledgeable on how to tend to his special needs and are so patient in teaching us how to care for him. And we feel so blessed to have him receive this special care at Silver Cross Hospital which is close to our home.”

In addition to the special skills nursery, Silver Cross has brought together cutting-edge medical technology with spa-like amenities in each of the 12 luxurious birthing suites and 30 mother-baby (postpartum) suites. Each suite was designed so parents can have the convenience of staying in the same room through recovery followed by a stay in one of the private mother-baby suites.  Each private suite is fully-equipped with a bathroom with a shower and some have an 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.  Click here for more information about the new Silver Cross Women and Infant Birthing Center or to schedule a tour.