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.

Wanted: Craft Fair Vendors

Posted on : 06-25-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Events

laura2014 003The Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons is seeking high-quality artisans for the Silver Crossings Vendor/Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.

Interested in Selling Your Creative Unique Goods?
To be considered as an exhibitor, vendors should call (815) 729-1264 or email sanla16@aol.com for an application. Vendors’ booth space is approximately 8 feet for a $75 fee, and booth locations will be assigned by the Silver Crossings Vendor/Craft Committee. Flatbed carts will be available to assist vendors with unloading goods. Exhibitors are required to stay the full hours of the fair and set-up is Friday, Oct. 16 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.  The Silver Crossings Vendor/Craft Fair will be promoted via newspapers, hospital website, social media, and direct mail postcards to past attendees.

Admission is free to the public. Proceeds from the Silver Crossings Vendor/Craft Fair will benefit the inpatient dialysis program at Silver Cross Hospital.  For more information, call Volunteer Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.



Book your next Mammogram or DexaScan Online!

Posted on : 06-25-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Mammography, News, Osteoporosis, Rehabilitation

Gone are the days of  “requesting” an appointment online. Now you can actually book your appointment online for your Screening Mammogram or DexaScan (bone density test) at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health anytime, from anywhere.

It’s about time right?  Actually, Silver Cross is the first hospital in Illinois to offer the convenience of real-time online scheduling for several outpatient tests and therapies. We call it SCHedule NOW.

SCHedule NOW is a free tool that enables patients to easily search and book real-time appointments online.

Here’s how it works:

  • Schedule_NOW_OT_T copySimply go to www.silvercross.org
  • Click on the SCHedule NOW icon
  • Choose the outpatient service and preferred Silver Cross location
  • Then follow the prompts to schedule your appointment. It’s quick and easy.

Once you have booked your appointment online, you will receive reminders via email (and soon via text!), as well as a link to a map for directions. Appointments can be made 24/7 from any internet-connected device including smartphones and tablets.  And remember, you no longer need a physician’s order for a screening mammogram.

Woman-on-Cell-Phone_wo-bgIn addition to Mammograms and DexaScans, you can also schedule appointments for the following outpatient services at several Silver Cross facilities located in Homer Glen, New Lenox and on the west side of Joliet:

Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
and X-ray.

If you need more than one test scheduled, we ask that you call (815) 815-300-7076 to expedite your request.

Posted on : 06-25-2015 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Mammography


Special Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Protects Heart & Lungs

Posted on : 06-25-2015 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Cancer, News, Success Stories
Kimberly De Nardo, BS, R.T.(R)(T), Lead Radiation Therapist; Nicki Fender, RN; Jacqueline Naas; Eugenia Perevalova, Physicist; and Christine Darin, BS RTT, Radiation Therapist

Kimberly De Nardo, BS, R.T.(R)(T), Lead Radiation Therapist; Nicki Fender, RN; Jacqueline Naas; Eugenia Perevalova, Physicist; and Christine Darin, BS RTT, Radiation Therapist

For 43-year-old Jacqueline Naas traveling two hours round trip to receive state-of-the-art prone breast radiation therapy at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital was worth every minute.

Since this specialized radiation therapy was not available near Naas’ home in Ogelsby, she had to decide if she could handle the time consuming commute to get her 33 treatments.

“My husband, Roger, and I agreed that if I can live at least 20 more years, than it’s worth our time to drive an hour each way five days a week, in order to have prone therapy because this method protects my heart and lungs from any radiation exposure,” said Naas.

The Naas’ feel they made the right choice to seek treatment at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital.

“Everyone has been awesome,” exclaims Jacqueline. “Dr. Anne McCall patiently answered all of our questions and gave us a packet of information that has been such a helpful resource. And the radiation therapists were all very positive and thoughtful. They had the softest touch when they would move me and were always so concerned that I wasn’t in any pain.”

Naas had no family history of breast cancer. Two years prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer, she had cystic fibroids removed from her breast. All seemed fine until a tumor was found during her mammogram. In December 2014, she had surgery to remove the cancerous tumor. During this time, three additional tumors were discovered underneath her nipple and were removed as well. After having four chemotherapy treatments, her care plan called for radiation therapy.

Since Jacqueline was a possible candidate for prone therapy, her physician suggested she go see Dr. McCall at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross. Dr. McCall has experience with the state-of-the-art prone breast radiation technique that is offered on the Silver Cross Hospital campus, as well as at the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus.

“Prone breast radiation treatment is a wonderful technique for the right patient,” said Dr. McCall, M.D., Medical Director for Radiation Oncology for the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital. “And Jacqueline’s clinical situation made it appropriate to treat her using the prone radiation technique.”

Dr. McCall adds, “Prone therapy is especially beneficial for women with larger breasts and a tumor on the left side that hasn’t spread to the lymph nodes. The dose of radiation is uniform with less skin reaction. There is minimal exposure to the heart and lungs. This lowers the risk of complications, such as future heart disease and lung damage.”

How Does Prone Breast Radiation Treatment Work?

Prone breast radiation therapy is a unique approach to treating breast cancer. Radiation is administered on a specially-designed table with a breast board to help the woman lie more comfortably in the prone position, on her stomach, with the breast hanging down from the body for radiation therapy.

“As a patient you really have to be motivated to lay on your stomach for treatments, but I really feel Jacqueline’s determination to get well contributed to her ability to do so,” said Dr. McCall.

Benefits to Prone Treatment

There are many benefits to receiving radiation in the prone position in addition to minimizing radiation exposure to the surrounding organs and tissues. The radiation dose in the prone position is the same as when the patient lies flat on her back for radiation treatment.

“By using the prone technique, the breast falls away from the chest-wall making it easier for radiation therapists to target the tumor more precisely with the radiation,” said Kimberly De Nardo, Lead Radiation Therapist for the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross.

“The goal with every treatment plan is to protect the healthy tissue from radiation,” Kimberly said. “As with every patient, the planning phase was critical in creating Jacqueline’s personal prone treatment plan.”

During the planning phase, Radiation Therapists performed a CT scan which is used by the physics team to delineate the target and organs at risk such as the heart and lungs. “Then the physics team and Dr. McCall develop the best treatment plan,” Kimberly said. “By using the most advanced TrueBeam new-generation linear accelerator system, we were able to deliver precisely targeted radiation therapy to provide the best results for Jacqueline.”

Kimberly brought over 14 years of experience working with cancer patients at the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus to her new role on the Silver Cross campus.

“Our job is to make every patient’s treatment and experience easier,” said De Nardo. “Whether we hold their hand or simply listen to their concerns, we are there to offer them support. Patients shouldn’t decide that it’s easier to give up instead of fighting with all the advanced cancer care treatment options available, like those offered here at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross.”

Comforting Advice to Others

“I would highly recommend the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross to cancer patients,” said Naas. “Overall, I had an excellent experience with everyone.”

“By coming to the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross, patients have access to the same advanced technology that is offered at the University of Chicago Medicine at Hyde Park in Chicago,” said Dr. McCall. “We are fortunate to have highly trained and experienced radiation therapists working at Silver Cross who truly make the patients’ treatment so successful.”

To see if Prone Therapy is right for you, talk with your oncologist or call 1-855-UCM-1400 to see a specialist with the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital.

New to Medicare?

Posted on : 06-24-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Health Tips

Carol Banas-Hicks.JPEGSubmitted by Carol Banas-Hicks
Silver Cross Senior Advantage Program Coordinator

If you’re over 65 or that big birthday is just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about which Medicare coverage option is right for you. If you’re new to Medicare, it’s important to understand how Medicare works. If you already have a Medicare plan, It’s always a good idea to check in each year to make sure you’re on the right plan as your needs change. That’s why Silver Cross is hosting four free Medicare educational meetings, and you’re invited.

Medicare Made Clear

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015

10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Pavilion A Conference Center
1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox
Complimentary Valet Parking is available.

At this event you’ll learn how Medicare works in clear, easy-to-understand language. We’ll guide you through the steps of your initial enrollment with Medicare, whether you plan to use your Medicare benefits when you turn 65 or keep using the insurance provided by your employer. There will be plenty of time for questions, too. Get clarification on Medicare Part B (outpatient coverage). Ask about Part D (drug coverage) penalties for delayed enrollment. Learn the difference between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement insurance plans. In the end, you should feel confident about understanding your coverage options.

We’ll also let you know how simple it can be to receive your care from Silver Cross Hospital. We accept a variety of Medicare insurance plans including Medicare Advantage. When you select one of these plans, you’ll have access to the skilled, compassionate care at Silver Cross Hospital while enjoying predictable medical costs.

As a Silver Cross Hospital patient, you will receive:

  • Convenient access to over 250 medical offices
  • Coordinated care provided by a primary care doctor working together with you and specialists to keep you as healthy as possible
  • Clinical excellence delivered with understanding and compassion

To register for any of the meetings, click here or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). Please feel free to bring a guest. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Schedule your Outpatient Tests & Therapies Online

Posted on : 06-15-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Mammography, News, Rehabilitation, screening

Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox has launched SCHedule NOW, a free scheduling tool that enables patients to easily search and book real-time appointments online.

“We are the first hospital in Illinois to offer appointment scheduling for an array of outpatient services through our website,” said Mary Bakken Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Silver Cross Hospital. “We’ve made it more convenient for patients to schedule an appointment anytime from anywhere.  From mammograms and MRIs to lab tests and physical therapy with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross, patients can now book their appointments at the click of a mouse.”

Schedule_NOW_OT_T copyHere’s how it works: Patients simply go to www.silvercross.org, click on the SCHedule NOW icon, and choose the outpatient service and preferred Silver Cross location. Patients then follow the prompts to schedule their appointment. SCHedule NOW provides appointment reminders via email, as well as a link to a map for directions. Appointments can be made 24/7 from any internet-connected device including smartphones and tablets.

In the near future, patients who schedule online will receive appointment reminders via text and also have the ability to upload a photo or scan of the order from their physician to further expedite care. However, patients no longer need an order for a screening mammogram. Click here or call (815) 300-7076, to schedule an appointment for one of the following outpatient services:

  • CT
  • DexaScan
  • EKG
  • Lab
  • Mammography
  • MRI
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray.

Why are Regular Physicals Important for Children?

Posted on : 06-05-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, Health Tips, Physicals, screening


Another school season has come to an end. However, many parents have already found a letter in their child’s backpack or received an email from school alerting them of the required paperwork to start the next school year. For children entering kindergarten, second grade, sixth grade, and high school the instructions most likely included having physical and updated immunizations. Kids who will be attending summer camp or playing a sport may also need to see a doctor. To make it easy on parents, two local family practice physicians on staff at Silver Cross Hospital are offering discounted exams this summer. In addition, patients will receive two tickets to a Joliet Slammers baseball game of their choice.

Dr. Thomas Lee with Primary Care Professionals on the Silver Cross Hospital campus in New Lenox and Dr. Anandavally Pillai with Primary Care Physicians of Essington located in the Silver Cross Professional Building on the west side of Joliet, will offer discounted school, sport, and camp physicals for students age 6 years and older through Sept. 30, 2015. Cost is $30 and includes a physical examination and completion of required forms.  Immunizations, if required, are an additional fee.  Cash, check, or credit/debit card accepted at time of appointment—insurance will not be billed. Call (815) 300-1450 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee and (815) 744-4440 for Dr. Pillai.

Importance of Regular Check-ups

So why are regular physicals important for your child? It’s no secret that kids pick up germs at school and pass them along to their siblings, parents, teachers, and coaches. In many cases, sneezes, sniffles, and coughing alert you to an illness, but there are many illnesses and minor injuries that do not have any immediate symptoms.

Anandavally Pillai, M.D., family practice physician with Primary Care Physicians of Essington in Joliet

Anandavally Pillai, M.D., family practice physician with Primary Care Physicians of Essington in Joliet

“For many students back-to-school checkups are often the only visit most kids and teenagers have with their doctor during the year,” said Dr. Anandavally Pillai, family practice physician. “Most parents think of a back-to-school physical as the exam with the stethoscope and physical check-up. While that’s very important, I spend more time discussing nutrition, exercise, and adolescent issues of drinking, smoking, drugs, sexual activity, and depression as these things can really impact a child’s future health.”

Some medical problems make it difficult to concentrate, which can have a negative impact on a child’s school performance. A school physical will help identify any chronic medical conditions or acute illnesses that could be affecting your child’s academic progress. It is also a good time to talk to a medical professional about any eating difficulties or sleep problems your child might have.

In many cases, it is easier to treat illnesses and injuries if they are diagnosed early. If your child gets a school physical every year, it will be easier to identify problems and make sure you have the opportunity to treat them. Children with asthma, diabetes, and other chronic medical conditions should be examined every year. This is especially important if your child takes any medication.

What Happens During the Physical Exam?

Thomas Lee, M.D., family practice physician with Primary Care Professionals in New Lenox

Thomas Lee, M.D., family practice physician with Primary Care Professionals in New Lenox

A school, sport or camp physical examination is much like any other examination. Someone will weigh and measure your child before taking vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature, and pulse. A doctor will listen to the child’s heart and lungs, palpate (press on) the abdomen, and examine your child’s eyes, ears, nose, and throat. If your child needs a sports physical, the doctor will also test his or her 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 doctor may ask girls and guys different questions. 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.

“Ideally athletes should have the exam done about six to eight weeks before sports season starts,” said Dr. Thomas Lee, family practice physician. That way, if we need 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.”

Singing Praises after losing 135 Pounds

Posted on : 06-04-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Success Stories, Video, Weight Loss

“Life is meant to be lived,” exclaims Vivian Foster. Her new passion for life stems from the fact that she no longer weighs 355 pounds and is able to do simple tasks such as standing in her church choir singing or cooking while standing instead of sitting in a rolling chair. “You can only take so much pain. I wanted to be a better person – a better me, and not continue to live such an unhealthy lifestyle,” said the 64 year-old Plainfield resident. But since losing over 140 pounds with weight loss surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, Vivian is enjoying life by eating healthier foods and exercising regularly.

Prior to her weight loss, Vivian suffered from high cholesterol and high blood pressure. She also was in pain from a bulging disc in her back and bad knees due to arthritis.

Vivian was told she would need knee replacement to get rid of the pain. However since her surgery, she no longer takes any medication and has absolutely no knee pain.

“I now enjoy dancing and water sports regularly. Also the ease of simply standing up from a chair since I weigh less brings both joy and tears,” said Vivian.

Making a Tough Decision Easy

Vivian weighed 355 prior to having laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery at Silver Cross Hospital on November 18, 2013.

Vivian weighed 355 pounds prior to having laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery at Silver Cross Hospital on November 18, 2013.

After researching quality weight loss programs, Vivian decided to attend BMI Surgery’s free informational session. “After listening to Dr. Brian Lahmann’s presentation, I was impressed with the program, Dr. Lahmann and his staff. They made me feel confident that I could be successful with their program and they would help me along the way,” states Vivian. With their support, along with encouragement from her husband, Wayne, and their five children, Vivian committed to the exercise and diet plan and underwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery on November 18, 2013.

Patients benefit from a multidisciplinary approach, with the help of many different departments at Silver Cross Hospital. “Patients see an exercise physiologist, dietitian, cardiologist, psychologist, pulmonologist, and a bariatric nurse to get them ready for surgery,” says Dr. Brian Lahmann. “We screen our patients very carefully to ensure their success and safety.”

“Dr. Lahmann took his time explaining to me that the surgery was merely a tool to lose weight and the real success depended on me making behavioral changes,” said Vivian. “I am so grateful to Dr. Lahmann, his team and the nurses at Silver Cross Hospital, who were all awesome! They took such good care of me and made me feel so relaxed. I’m so grateful to the nurses at Silver Cross Hospitawho truly were interested in my recovery and patiently explained my care plan.

“Vivian is an excellent example of how bariatric surgery can positively enhance one’s life. Her dedication to adhering to the program by eating well and exercising was essential in her ability to lose over 135 pounds,” says Dr. Lahmann.

Are you a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

The American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery defines the morbidly obese as those with a body mass of 35 or above with comorbidities, or for a normal height woman, being more than 100 pounds overweight. Patients with a BMI of 35 and higher, who are suffering the medical consequences of obesity, are often best treated with bariatric surgery as opposed to nonsurgical weight loss. Those who are morbidly obese are at a higher risk of mortality and such extreme obesity puts people at risk for life threatening disease, including heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.

Dr. Chris Joyce and Brian Lahmann, bariatric surgeons on staff at Silver Cross Hospital

Drs. Chris Joyce and Brian Lahmann, bariatric surgeons on staff at Silver Cross Hospital

BMI Surgery has changed the lives of over 4,000 patients with life changing surgeries including laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and Lap-Band and REALIZE gastric band systems at Silver Cross Hospital. Board certified laparoscopic and bariatric surgeons

Brian Lahmann, M.D., and Christopher Joyce, M.D., are dedicated to helping patients win their personal battles with obesity and enjoy healthier lives. Their office is located on the new Silver Cross Hospital campus at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox.  BMI and Silver Cross Hospital’s comprehensive weight loss surgery program has been accredited by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. In addition, Silver Cross is a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery.

To find out is weight loss surgery is right for your attend a free informational session on both traditional and laparoscopic surgery any Wednesday from 5:45 to 7:00 p.m. at BMI Surgery, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Suite 260, New Lenox. Reserve your seat online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


Chicagoland Speedway/Route 66 offers Special Pricing for I Matter Members

Posted on : 06-01-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, I Matter Benefits

CLS-15 CLS-R66 Combo Flyer