I Matter Members Save at My Sisters & Me Boutique

Posted on : 09-29-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, I Matter Benefits

10641252_10152405562096819_4647482280088874045_nIt’s boots season ladies! And the word on the street is that we are expecting another harsh Midwest winter. So you had better stock up, which means a pair in ever color. And while you are at it, better grab a sassy scarf or two as well. Just stop by My Sisters and Me Boutique located in the Trolley Barn in historic downtown Frankfort. Owner Corey Weaver offers stylish and outside-the-department-store clothing options for women along with a wide variety of accessories including the popular Brighton. Every day the store looks different with new items arriving every week.

i matter logo 2By partnering with Silver Cross, Corey rewards women for getting their annual health screenings like a mammogram and heart test with valuable discounts on every purchase. Just present your I Matter card when you are ready to check out.

How do I get an I Matter card, you ask? It’s quite easy. First you have to sign-up for the I Matter program. Don’t worry, it’s free. Once you register you will receive important information to help you stay healthy including invitations to special events as well as coupons and other perks from over 100 local businesses throughout the year. Then, when you come to Silver Cross for your annual mammogram or cardiac test, we will hand you your very own I Matter card so you can start shopping and enjoy all the other benefits that come with taking care of yourself.

My Sisters and Me Boutique is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, click here or call (815) 464-8373.


Find Relief from Depression

Posted on : 09-24-2014 | By : tsimons | In : screening

Silver Cross Hospital hosts Free Screenings on October 7

depression-300x199The majority of people may feel depressed at times. Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, and other challenging situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely, scared, nervous, or anxious. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, these feelings are normal reactions to life’s stressors. However, when changes in mood and behavior interfere with one’s ability to work, sleep, eat, and enjoy fun activities, it could be a sign of depression. Silver Cross is offering a screening to help people find relief to this debilitating illness.
On Tuesday, October 7, Silver Cross Hospital Behavioral Health Services will offer a free, anonymous questionnaire assessing risk for mood and anxiety disorders and a confidential meeting with a behavioral health professional. These Depression Screenings will occur in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center from 3 to 7 p.m.  Family members are welcome.  A brief presentation on depression and its treatment will occur between 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm. For more information, or to register to attend the screening, call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or .

“Everyone experiences periods of sadness now and then,” says Stephen Kehoe, Director of Behavioral Health Services at Silver Cross Hospital. “However, clinical depression can cause a person’s overall health to decline because they may not be motivated to make healthy choices. For this reason, it is imperative to seek help.”

Types of Depression
Three main types of depressive disorders exist —major depression, persistent depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder.

  • Major depression is disabling and will interfere with the ability to work, study, eat, and sleep. Major depressive episodes may occur once or twice in a lifetime, or they may re-occur frequently. They may also take place spontaneously, during or after the death of a loved one, a medical illness, or other life event. Some people with major depression may feel that life is not worth living and some will attempt to end their lives.
  •  Persistent depressive disorder (PDD) is a form of depression that usually continues for at least two years. Although it is less severe than major depression, it involves the same symptoms as major depression, mainly low energy, poor appetite or overeating, and insomnia or oversleeping. It can manifest as stress, irritability, and the inability to derive pleasure from most activities. People with PDD might be thought of as always seeing the glass as half empty.
  • Bipolar disorder, once called manic-depression, consists of a mood cycle that shifts from severe highs (mania) or mild highs to severe lows (depression). During the manic phase, a person may experience excessive happiness, irritability, a decreased need for sleep, grandiose notions, increased talking, racing thoughts, increased sexual desire, increased energy, poor judgment, and inappropriate social behavior.

Research shows the tendency to develop depression may be inherited and that an uneven balance of naturally occurring mood-influencing chemicals in the brain can play a role. People who view themselves negatively or who are easily overwhelmed by life challenges may be more likely than others to experience depression.

Recent research indicates that the most effective treatment for any form of depression includes both medication and counseling. Medication effects may be seen within a few days of starting your prescription but full effect usually takes four to six weeks so long as the medications are taken exactly as prescribed.  Oftentimes patients are tempted to stop taking medications too soon. However, it is necessary to keep taking them until their physician says to stop, even when they begin to feel better. Counseling provides valuable support and strategies for coping about situations in life and the stressors that come with treatment of any debilitating illness. With the treatment of depression, recovery is the rule — not the exception.


5 Ways You can Prevent Falling

Posted on : 09-23-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Rehabilitation, screening


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. And the consequences are great; seniors suffer from 360,000 to 480,000 fall-related fractures each year.

Here are five ways things you can do to stay independent and reduce your chances of falling.

  1. Exercise regularly. It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance. Tai Chi programs are especially good.
  2. Ask doctor or pharmacist to review medicines—both prescription and over-the counter—to identify medicines that may cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness.
  3. Have eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update eyeglasses to maximize vision. Consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for some activities such as walking outside.
  4. Make your home safer by reducing tripping hazards such as throw rugs, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding railings on both sides of stairways, and improving the lighting in your homes.
  5. Take part in a free fall and balance screening with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross. The screening includes blood pressure readings, balance assessment, referral for treatment if needed. To schedule an appointment, call (815) 300-7110.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 7 & Thursday, October 9:  Silver Cross Hospital-Pavilion A, New Lenox
  • Tuesdays, Oct. 14 & 21:  Silver Cross Health Center–Homer Glen
  • Monday, Oct. 27 & Wednesday, Oct. 29:  at Silver Cross Professional Building–West Joliet.

“Individuals who have been experiencing dizziness or vertigo, have had a history of falls, near falls, or simply a fear of falling are excellent candidates for a balance screening,” said Valerie Paluszak, Manager of Outpatient Rehabilitation for The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital. “It is so important to get screened because these falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death.”


$100 Could Save Your Life!

Posted on : 09-19-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Discounts, Mammography, News, screening

 4572783986croppedSilver Cross offers discounted breast and lung cancer screenings for a limited time

Don’t let your health insurance coverage stop you from taking care of yourself.  Silver Cross is offering discounted screenings to diagnose breast and lung cancer through Dec. 31, 2014. The cost of each screening is just $100 (including the radiologist fee).  Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted at time of appointment.  Insurance will not be billed.  To schedule an appointment, call (815) 300-7076 or request an appointment.  A physician’s order is required for both tests. 

CT Lung Cancer Screening

Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox and the Silver Cross Health Center in Homer Glen offers low dose screening CT scans to identify lung cancer in high risk patients.  The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends annual screening in adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.  A 30-pack year is the equivalent to one pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years.

Mammography Screening

Annual mammograms help detect breast cancer early and improve the chances that it can be treated successfully. The American Cancer Society recommends women age 40 and older should have a mammography screening every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. Both screening and diagnostic mammograms are offered at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health located in Pavilion B, 1870 Silver Cross Bld., New Lenox.  Patients who sign-up for the free I Matter program online or by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) will receive discounts at over 100 local businesses at the time of their mammography appointment. 



Silver Crossings Craft & Vendor Fair Coming Soon

Posted on : 09-18-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Events

childercraft 077The Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons will hold the third annual Silver Crossings Vendor/Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 am. to 3 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  Free valet and shuttle bus service.  Admission is also free.  Strollers are welcome.

Over 40 artisans will be selling handmade craft items and homemade baked goods. Lunch will be available for purchase in the Silver Cross Hospital Seasons Dining Room. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each or six for $5.  Prizes include three $500 cash gifts and one Christmas Trees with $250 in scratch-off Illinois Lottery tickets.  The drawing will be held on Oct. 25. Winner need not be present.

Proceeds from the Vendor/Craft Fair benefit the Silver Cross Inpatient Dialysis Unit.  For more information, call Volunteer Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.


New Treatments for Breast Cancer

Posted on : 09-15-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Cancer, Events, Health Tips, News

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. On the contrary, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors currently in the United States. Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free program where a panel of physicians will discuss new breast cancer treatments and how more women can become survivors of the disease.

Free Program

Join University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross experts Dr. Anne McCall, radiation oncologist and Dr. Grace K. Suh, medical oncologist, along with Dr. Andre Edwards, radiologist on staff at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, for a discussion on how the occurrence of breast cancer has changed over time and a look at new diagnostics and treatment options used to treat women with breast cancer. Participants will win a gift bag and be entered into a drawing to receive a free mammography screening. The Cancer Support Center will also share information about local services for cancer patients and families. This free program will occur on Tuesday, October 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Pavilion A, New Lenox. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

“A majority of breast cancer cases can be cured when found and treated at an early stage, so regular mammogram screenings are very important,” said Dr. Andre Edwards, musculoskeletal radiology and board-certified radiology physician who is on staff at Silver Cross Hospital.

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too.

Risk Factors & Prevention

Risk factors for breast cancer include older age, specific inherited genetic alterations, hormone therapy, having radiation therapy to the chest, consuming alcohol, and being overweight. It may be possible to decrease the risk of breast cancer by getting exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.

New Coordinated Approach to Treating Breast Cancer

Patients can now get recommendations from a group of breast cancer experts on the next steps to take with a convenient, one-stop experience through a new Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference that is available at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital.

“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 Dr. Suh. “The sooner we can start treatment, the better chance we have to eradicate the disease.”

The multi-disciplinary team meets in the Cancer Center for a Breast Conference every Tuesday morning. At the Conference, physician specialists representing general surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, plastic surgery and pathology review the patients’ clinical information, radiological images and pathology slides with state-of-the-art equipment to develop 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.

“Having all of the specialists in one room, at one time, improves communication and allows for sharing information with each other. The physicians benefit by being able to talk about the treatment plan together, and the patient benefits from timely recommendations by a team of experts,” said Dr. McCall.

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. Prone breast radiation is available, where radiation is administered on a specially-designed table to help the woman lie more comfortably in the prone position, on her stomach, which may prevent radiation to the underlying heart and lung. Certain women may also be able to receive their radiation in only three weeks. In addition, new plastic surgery techniques such as flap microsurgical breast reconstruction are now available at Silver Cross Hospital.

Patients who could benefit from the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference should contact their primary care physician.

I Matter Benefit: Pampered Puppy Dog Grooming

Posted on : 09-15-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, I Matter Benefits

e663c880d0d0400559096d666b434798Does your pooch need a pedicure or maybe a mud treatment and massage? Why not book an appointment with Pampered Puppy Dog Grooming and save 5-10% off? Just present your Silver Cross I Matter card at time of service for valuable savings on your dog’s next grooming. If you don’t have an I Matter card or need a new one, sign-up today online and you will receive your card next time your come to Silver Cross from your annual Mammogram or Cardiac Screening.

With over 20 years of professional experience in dog grooming, Joanne Polyak, the owner of Pampered Puppy Dog Grooming, is a graduate of Midwest School of Dog Grooming. She has owned dogs her entire life and care about each one of her “clients” as if they were her own. The shop is located off River Rd.–between Black Rd. and Jefferson St. in Shorewood

She offers the following services for your canine companion:

  • Nail Trims/Nail Filing
  • Bath and Brush Out
  • Bath and Haircut/Full Service Grooming
  • Teethbrushing
  • PlaqClnz Oral Hygiene Tarter/Plaque Removal
  • Madra Mor Mud Treatments with oatmeal bath and massage
  • Special shampoos available: Oatmeal, Whitening, Neem, hypo-allergenic

To schedule an appointment, call (815) 260-0026.

Need a doctor who specializes in Incontinence/Pelvic Prolapse?

Posted on : 09-10-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Incontinence, Pelvic Floor Disorders

MEHRI, N.Silver Cross Hospital is pleased to announce Nahla Merhi, M.D. has earned certification in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. As a board certified urogynecologist, Dr. Merhi specializes in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of pelvic floor disorders, which include pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence. She currently performs over 300 procedures annually to treat these women’s issues using minimally invasive techniques including the daVinci robot.

More than one-third of U.S. women have a pelvic floor disorder. And many don’t discuss their symptoms with their physician due to embarrassment or because they think it part of life.

“While pelvic floor disorders become more common as women get older, they are not a normal or acceptable part of aging,” said Dr. Nahla Merhi.   “These problems can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life and can often be reversed with treatment.”

Before exploring surgical options, Dr. Merhi usually discusses the following treatments and therapies with her patients:

  • Pelvic floor muscle training (Kegel exercises) to stop urinary incontinence or improve the symptoms of prolapse.
  • Medicine to treat certain bladder control problems or to prevent loose stools or frequent bowel movements.
  • Vaginal pessary, which is a plastic device used to treat some types of prolapse and improve bladder control.

In some cases, surgery is the best treatment option and can be performed as an outpatient procedure at Silver Cross using minimally invasive techniques and often with one of the hospital’s two daVinci robots.

“Compared to traditional surgery, patients who undergo minimally invasive gynecologic surgery experience less pain, reduced blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery, so they can return to normal activities sooner,” says Dr. Merhi.

Dr. Merhi performs the following procedures in Silver Cross Hospital’s state-of-the art surgical suites:

For prolapse. Surgery involves repairing the prolapse and building back pelvic floor support. There are many ways to do this, depending on the type of prolapse and other factors. Women with uterine prolapse may also have the uterus removed (hysterectomy). Women who have surgery to repair prolapse often have surgery at the same time to prevent bladder control problems. Some women choose to have colpocleisis. This surgery treats prolapse by narrowing and shortening the vagina. It works well and carries a low risk, but it is not a good choice for women who want to be able to have vaginal intercourse.

For bladder control problems. Surgery works well to treat problems holding in urine that occur because of pressure on the bladder (stress incontinence). The two types of surgery used most often are:

  • Mid-urethral sling.Dr. Merhi places a mesh strap or “sling” to hold the bladder in its normal position.
  • Colposuspension. Dr. Merhi puts the bladder back in its correct position and holds it in place by securing it to the vaginal wall and pelvic floor tissues.

For bowel control problems. Surgery may be needed to repair a damaged anal sphincter muscle or repair certain types of prolapse.

Leader in Single-Incision Hysterectomy

In addition to specializing in pelvic floor disorders, Dr. Merhi is one of a small group of physicians in the country who are using the daVinci robotic surgical system to perform hysterectomies through a single incision in the belly button with virtually scarless results. She has performed over 300hysterectomies using the daVinci robot and was the first physician on staff at Silver Cross Hospital to perform the Single-SitedaVinci Hysterectomy procedure in 2013.

Both Dr. Merhi and Silver Cross Hospital have been designated as Centers of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) by the AAGL, the leading association of minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons worldwide, and Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). COEMIG designation signifies their ability to consistently deliver the safest, most advanced and comprehensive gynecologic surgical services to women across the region.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Merhi, call (815) 717-8727. Her office is located on the Silver Cross Hospital campus in Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.


Silver Cross Stops Frankfort Man’s Stroke, Identifies Brain Malformation

Posted on : 09-09-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Uncategorized

Eric Lesiak is no stranger to excruciating headaches. He had lived with them for years. But this time was different. Eric had been out running errands late in the day. His head hurt and he wasn’t able to move.

“It felt like I was drugged,” said the 39 year-old Frankfort resident.

Eric barely managed to drive himself home where he took his usual dose of aspirin, but that didn’t work. He felt jittery and couldn’t stop shaking his arm.

Finally falling asleep, he awoke the next morning nauseous and had difficult speaking. On July 16, 2013, Eric’s mother drove him to Hedges Clinic where Dr. Orest Hordysky directed him to the Silver Cross Emergency Department for a CT scan and MRI. Silver Cross Hospital is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission with a staff of experienced specialists offering the full continuum of care–from diagnosis to treatment to rehabilitation, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Eric was experiencing a hemorrhagic stroke, a kind of bleeding in the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes account for about 15% of all strokes, yet are responsible for more than 30% percent of all stroke deaths. Dr. Harish Shownkeen, medical director of the Neuro Interventional Surgery Program with the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute, confirmed Eric had a brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM), which is an abnormal connection between the arteries and veins, as well as a cerebral aneurysm.

“AVMs are usually congenital and go undiagnosed until the patient has symptoms such as headaches or seizures,” says Dr. Shownkeen. “In serious cases like Eric’s, the blood vessels rupture, causing a hemorrhage. However, once diagnosed, we can often treat a brain AVM and offer patients options of multiple modalities.”

DSC_9817Dr. Shownkeen took Eric immediately to the endovascular lab where he performed a cerebral angiogram to see exactly which vessels were involved. There, he embolized the AVM to stop the blood flow into the abnormal veins and arteries and reduce the risk for further bleeding in Eric’s brain. Eric spent a week in the ICU followed by another week on the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s (RIC) inpatient unit at Silver Cross Hospital. RIC has been ranked the “Best Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News and World Report for 24 consecutive years. And through a special partnership, RIC ensures Silver Cross patients receive an unmatched recovery experience close to home.

“Everyone thought I would be in the hospital for months, but with the help of RIC’s therapy team at Silver Cross, I was home in just a couple weeks.”

A year later, Eric is back to work with the Village of Frankfort’s Water Department. “I am lucky that I went to Silver Cross where Dr. Shownkeen and his team were able to diagnose my AVM and ultimately save my life,” says Eric.

Eric returned to Silver Cross Hospital as an outpatient for elective treatment of his cerebral aneurysm by Dr. Shownkeen to reduce his risk for future hemorrhagic strokes. To learn more about the warning signs of stroke and treatment available at the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute, request a free Stroke Awareness Kit online or 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Using your own Stem Cells to treat Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Posted on : 09-08-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Events, News

Depositphotos_1429163_S3According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 27 million people in America have osteoarthritis. As we age, our joints often develop osteoarthritis—a destruction of the cartilage or protective tissue of the joint. Dr. Robert Daley, orthopedic surgeon who is on staff at Silver Cross Hospital, is among a select group of physicians around the country to offer stem cell treatment to relieve knee osteoarthritis pain and chronic tendonitis. Silver Cross Hospital in conjunction with Hinsdale Orthopaedics Group is offering a lecture that will educate area residents on how they can find relief with this new innovative treatment.  This free program—Using Your Own Stem Cells to Treat Osteoarthritis of the Knee, will be heldTuesday, September 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Learn about this unique, nonsurgical procedure, which uses your own stem cells to promote healing. Register to attend this program online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Do you suffer from Osteoarthritis Pain?

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that affects the knee. Osteoarthritis is a process where the cartilage in the joint gradually wears away. Ostearthritis may be caused by excess stress on the joint such as repeated injury or being overweight.

Osteoarthritis symptoms usually develop gradually. Common symptoms include:

  • Sore joints – in the hips, knees, and lower back — after inactivity or overuse
  • Stiffness after resting that disappears after movement
  • Pain that is worse after activity or at the end of the day.

Traditionally, treating osteoarthritis consisted of a series of steps – weight loss, pain medications, anti-inflammatory medications, injections and if necessary surgery. However a new innovative treatment exists using a patient’s own stem cells to regenerate the lost cartilage and strengthen the supporting structure of the joint.

“Through this minimally invasive technology, pain can be reduced in a patient who suffers from mild to moderate arthritis of the knee when trying to avoid a total knee replacement,” said Dr. Robert Daley, orthopedic surgeon on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “During the outpatient procedure, stem cells are removed from the patient’s hip area and implanted into the knee. Then the cells regenerate tissue that resembles natural cartilage that replaces worn out areas in joints.”

“There are many benefits of Stem Cell Therapy. Through this new technology, many patients are able to find relief from stiffness and pain caused by osteoarthritis without undergoing surgery or a long recovery,” said Dr. Daley.  “In addition, they can have reduced knee pain and their quality of life may be improved.”