I Matter Benefits: Curves

Posted on : 08-26-2014 | By : tsimons | In : I Matter Benefits


Curves Open House Full Page FlyerDid you know that I Matter members can save 5-10% off their membership at the following Curves?

  • Crete                                
  • Frankfort                           
  • Joliet                                 
  • Manhattan/Elwood          
  • New Lenox                       

Just present your I Matter card at any of the participating locations listed above. If you don’t have an I Matter card, you will receive one when you come to Silver Cross Hospital for your annual mammography* or heart screening.  To schedule an appointment, call (815)  300-7076.

If you are not an I Matter member, click here to join our free program!  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to reap the rewards at over 100 local businesses including Curves just for taking care of yourself.


* A physician’s order is required for a mammography screening.


They Found a Breast Lump. Now what?

Posted on : 08-26-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Cancer, Mammography, News

It’s every woman’s worst fear—finding a lump in her breast. Before panicking, get advice from experts on the next steps to take. And now Silver Cross is making it easier than ever before with a convenient, one-stop experience.  

“We know women are extremely busy taking care of everyone else in their lives, so we wanted to make it easy for them to get all the necessary information and medical opinions to make an informed decision as quickly as possible,” said Grace Suh, a University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital medical oncologist. “The sooner we can start treatment, the better chance we have to eradicate the disease.”

Front:  Laura Ragauskaite, MD; general surgeon; Alan Chen, MD, plastic & reconstructive surgeon; Patricia Clark, MD, general surgeon; Anne McCall, MD, radiation oncologist; Grace Suh; medical oncologist. Back:  Cagatay Ersahin, MD, pathologist; Matthew Endara, MD, plastic & reconstructive surgeon; Brooke Phillips, MD; medical oncologist; Mark Danielson, MD; general surgeon; Neda Zelahovitis, certified breast health nurse navigator; Aaron Guajardo, MD, radiologist.

Front: Laura Ragauskaite, MD; general surgeon; Alan Chen, MD, plastic & reconstructive surgeon; Patricia Clark, MD, general surgeon; Anne McCall, MD, radiation oncologist; Grace Suh; medical oncologist. Back: Cagatay Ersahin, MD, pathologist; Matthew Endara, MD, plastic & reconstructive surgeon; Brooke Phillips, MD; medical oncologist; Mark Danielson, MD; general surgeon; Neda Zelahovitis, certified breast health nurse navigator; Aaron Guajardo, MD, radiologist.

The multi-disciplinary team meets in the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital for a Breast Conference every Tuesday morning. At the Conference, physician specialists representing general surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, plastic surgery and pathology reviews radiological images and pathology slides on state-of-the-art equipment and develops a consensus recommendation. The team documents the recommendations and a certified breast nurse navigator provides the recommendation to the patient’s doctor within 24 hours.

“By having all the specialists in one room at one time improves communications among caregivers and makes it easier to provide recommendations for the best course of treatment,” said Dr. Anne McCall, a University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital radiation oncologist.

Patients now benefit from a wide array of breast cancer tests and treatments on the Silver Cross campus including digital mammography, breast MRI, ultrasound and biopsies, and the latest chemotherapy and radiation therapies including clinical trials. With the recent addition of Dr. Matthew Endara to the team, new plastic surgery techniques such as flap microsurgical breast reconstruction are now available at Silver Cross Hospital.

“Early detection as well as prompt and precise treatment is the key to fighting cancer, which is why all the specialists involved in the Breast Conference are donating their time and expertise to provide Silver Cross patients with this unique opportunity close to home,” said Dr. Mark Danielson, general surgeon at Silver Cross.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the Multidisciplinary Breast Conference, please contact your primary care physician for a referral. If you don’t have a regular physician, find one here.





Fall into Savings at the Encore Resale Shop

Posted on : 08-26-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts

encore 012Silver Cross Hospital’s resale shop—the Encore Shop, will host its Fall Opening from 10 a.m. to   3 p.m. on

  • Friday, Sept. 5
  • Saturday, Sept. 6 

Items available for purchase include seasonal decorations, adult and children’s clothing, household, books, jewelry, linens and more. All proceeds benefit services at Silver Cross Hospital, a not-for-profit health care provider.

The Encore Shop is located in the Hershman Building, 1301 Copperfield Ave., Joliet—on the former Silver Cross Hospital campus.  The store is open from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. on

  • Tuesdays
  • Wednesdays
  • Fridays
  • and the first Saturday of the month

Donations 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 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.

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.”


September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month: Do you know your numbers?

Posted on : 08-20-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, Heart Health, I Matter Benefits, screening

Arla, Lathia-1cropped Submitted by Dr. Latha Arla, internal medicine physician 




Because there’s often a strong correlation between elevated levels of blood cholesterol and heart disease, most healthcare providers consider blood cholesterol testing an extremely valuable diagnostic tool. Cholesterol is associated with a group of fatty substances called lipids that move through the bloodstream attached to proteins.  When the lipid and the protein join, they become a molecule called a lipoprotein. Cholesterol is associated with different lipoproteins, all of which have different effects on cardiovascular health. 

A high level of bad cholesterol and other blood lipids is most often associated with atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty deposits on arterial walls that often leads to heart attacks. Coronary artery disease is also associated with a high blood cholesterol reading.

Measuring cholesterol actually involves three blood fats: low-density lipoprotein, or LDL cholesterol (also called “bad” cholesterol); high-density lipoprotein, or HDL cholesterol (also called “good” cholesterol); and triglycerides. In evaluating a person’s cholesterol level, the healthcare provider will look at total cholesterol, triglycerides and the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol.

Most healthcare providers consider that:

  • A total cholesterol level of 240 or above is high. They usually monitor patients with these levels, carefully using regular testing and therapy.
  • A reading of 200 to 239 is considered borderline or high if other cardiac risk factors such as a family history of heart disease are present.
  • A reading below 200 is low and therefore desirable.

If you’re concerned about your risk for heart disease, ask your healthcare provider to check your cholesterol level. If your cholesterol level is too high for good health, ask your healthcare provider to recommend a diet and exercise program that will help bring your cholesterol level down.

Discounted Baseline Cardiac Risk Assessment

For just $40 women (and men) can lean their cholesterol levels  including HDL and LDL levels, as well as blood glucose level, triglyceride level, blood pressure and body fat.  A 12-hour fast is required. You will also receive a  12-lead EKG, health and lifestyle evaluation, and a personal phone consultation with a registered cardiac nurse to review results and answer questions. I Matter members will also receive their reward card for valuable discounts at over 100 local businesses.  Screenings are held at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox and the Silver Cross Health Center in Homer Glen.   

To schedule an appointment, call (815) 300-7076.


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.