Don’t Let Injuries Haunt your Halloween

Posted on : 10-14-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Emergency, Health Tips, News
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Whether you’re dressing up this “All Hallows’ Eve,” as a sparkly princess, crime fighting superhero or gory zombie, poor costume options and unsafe behavior can cause injury and haunt your Halloween so be sure to celebrate safely.

“The last thing any child or parent wants is to end up in the emergency room hurt and unable to celebrate Halloween,” says Daniel Checco, D.O., Emergency Medicine physician at the Silver Cross Emergency Care Centerlocated at 143rd St. and Bell Rd in Homer Glen. “By making sensible decisions, terrible injuries can be avoided.”

Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by following the SAFE HALLOWEEN guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Going trick-or-treating?

S          Swords, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
A          Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
F          Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
E          Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Eat     only factory-wrapped treats.

H          Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
A          Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
L          Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
L          Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
         Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible.
W          Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision and falls.
E          Evaluate make-up options and test it in a small area first to avoid a severe rash.
E          Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t     stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
         Never walk near lit candles. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Emergency Care Nearby

Even with the utmost caution, Halloween-related injuries can still occur. It is good to know peace of mind is just minutes away at the Silver Cross Emergency Care Center located at 143rd and Bell Rd. in Homer Glen. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Center is staffed with Silver Cross Hospital’s board certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses. For more information, call (708) 364-6004.

Located in the same building is the Silver Cross Health Center offering MRI, CT, X-ray, Ultrasound, EKG and laboratory services. A physician’s order is required. To schedule an appointment for a test, call (815) 300-7076. There are also several primary and specialty physician offices and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross. For a referral to a physician at the Homer Glen medical center, call 1-888-660-HEAL or click here. 

Mom Keeps Weight Off Decade after Surgery

Posted on : 10-13-2014 | By : tsimons | In : News, Success Stories, Weight Loss

Donna has kept the weight off more than 10 years after laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery at Silver Cross Hospital.

Donna Morris is still hiking more than 10 years after her bariatric surgery at Silver Cross Hospital. Once obese at 226 pounds, the Marseilles mom has kept most of the weight off and continues to live life to the fullest. After losing 100 pounds, her extremely high blood pressure, asthma and back pain are completely gone.

“Since my weight loss, I have more energy to travel and even participate in activities like hiking and parasailing that I never would have dreamed of doing before,” said the 51-year-old mother of three daughters.

 “I often wonder if I didn’t have the weight loss surgery if I’d still be alive 10 years later,” said Donna. “My improved health made so many personal milestones possible – my husband Brian and I have celebrated 34 years of marriage and we’ve been blessed to watch our beautiful daughters grow up.”



Donna Morris before

At 226 pounds, Donna had high blood pressure, asthma and back pain before her weight loss surgery in 2003.

First Laparascopic Bypass Patient at Silver Cross Hospital

Over a decade ago, Donna was the first patient of Dr. Christopher Joyce, a board certified bariatric and general surgeon with BMI Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, to undergo the new minimally invasive procedure called laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Joyce performed laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery on Donna on Nov. 4, 2003, which was the first laparoscopic gastric bypass at Silver Cross Hospital as well as in Will or Grundy Counties.

During laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, Dr. Joyce uses a series of small incisions to gain access to the abdominal cavity in order to reduce the size of the stomach by creating a pouch about the size of an egg from the top of the stomach. He then divides the small intestine and attaches the lower part of the intestine to the stomach pouch. Dr. Joyce calls gastric bypass the “gold standard” of bariatric surgery, because it has the highest success rate in terms of weight loss.

Donna less than a year after her surgery in 2004,

Donna less than a year after her surgery in 2004.

“The change helps patients lose weight because the stomach can’t hold as much food,” Dr. Joyce says.

There are several benefits of using the laparoscopic technique including:

  • a shorter length of stay in the hospital (usually two nights)
  • quicker recovery, less time off work
  • and cosmetically more appealing scars.

In the past, these operations were done through larger incisions using traditional techniques. Now virtually everybody is a candidate for the laparoscopic approach.



Favorable Odds for Losing Weight & Keep it Off

Peak weight loss occurs 12-18 months after the gastric bypass. Patients at Silver Cross on average lose 81% of their excess weight at that time. At 5 years after the surgery, the average excess weight loss remains high at 78% indicating the durability of the surgery.

Donna contributes her successful 10-year weight loss to the fact that she still routinely meets with Dr. Joyce and his team at BMI Surgery, exercises regularly and makes healthy food choices. “Even through all these years, Dr. Joyce and his staff have been a great resource of support for me,” said Donna. “I do admit that I enjoy desserts only much smaller portions. But for the majority of my meals, I eat healthy foods,” said Donna.

Are you a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

The American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery defines the morbidly obese as those with a body mass of 40 or above, or, for a normal height woman, being more than 100 pounds overweight. Patients with a BMI of 35 and higher, 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.

 To find out more about the bariatric surgery program at Silver Cross Hospital, attend a free informational session.

I Matter Members: Save 20% at Jeffrey LaMorte Salon & Day Spa

Posted on : 10-13-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Discounts, I Matter Benefits, Mammography

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Jeffrey LaMorte Salon and Spa is offering Silver Cross I Matter members 20% off 20 amazing products in addition to your regular 5-10% off any service through December.

logo“At our salons, we offer only the finest available hair and beauty products,” said Kelly Glister, General Manager. “Before we choose a product for our store, we test it to ensure the ingredients are of the highest quality and that the results are nothing short of spectacular.”

Products on sale include:

Jeffrey LaMorte Brand
Keratin Therapy Shampoo
Keratin Therapy Condition
Keratin Therapy
Elixir 11
Volume Infusion
Freshen Up
Colormoist Conditioner

Kevin Murphy
Shimmer Shine
Night Rider
Hair Resort Spray

Label M
Blonde Shampoo
Blonde Condition
Blonde Balm
Curl Spray
Finishing Spray
Transforming Spray
Freezing Spray

Green Envee Scrubs
Moroccanoil Brushes (excludes Boar Bristle Brushes)

IMatter Discount CardTo take advantage of these exciting offers, just show your I Matter member card at time of purchase at one of these locations:

  • Frankfort:      815-469-0660
  • Orland Park:    708-364-0660
  • Lemont:           630-243-0660

You can either call one of the numbers above or book your appointment online. If you don’t have an I Matter card or yours has expired, you will receive one next time you come to the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health for your mammogram.   And if you book your screening before the end of October, you can take advantage of the special $100 price if you choose to pay at time of service. It’s our way of rewarding you for taking care of yourself during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.




Hollywood Extravaganza Planned for the 86th Annual Childerguild Ball

Posted on : 10-07-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Events

imagesCAOQOE6GIt’s lights, camera, action for this year’s Childerguild Ball benefitting women and children’s services at Silver Cross Hospital. Known as one of the premier events of the holiday season, Childerguild will roll out the red carpet Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. Cocktails will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Medals of Excellence presentations, dinner, and dancing to the Don Cagen Orchestra.

The 86th annual Ball will be a star-studded affair in true Hollywood-style honoring two local celebrities: Frederick Alexander, M.D. and Brother James Gaffney, FSC.

Sehring Medal of Excellence Honoring Dr. Fred Alexander

ALEXANDER, FREDThe Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence, honoring the memory of George H. Sehring, M.D.—a dedicated physician who served the community for more than 40 years, recognizes the accomplishments of an outstanding individual for service to the health care profession. This year’s recipient is Fred Alexander, M.D.—an infectious disease physician who has served the  healthcare community for over 35 years. During his career, Dr Alexander spent much time researching the rapid diagnosis and therapy of respiratory infections.

Over the years, Dr. Alexander always found time to give back to the community. Dr. Alexander and his wife were instrumental in founding the Trinity Christian School where he has served as Chairman of the school’s Board for 20 years. Dr. Alexander has also participated in several international medical mission trips. During each of these visits, the group spent a week providing medical care in underprivileged areas in Honduras, Bolivia, and Ecuador.

Sangmeister Medal of Excellence Honoring Br. James Gaffney, FSC

BJGThe Silver Cross Sangmeister Medal of Excellence will also be awarded at the Childerguild Ball. This Medal of Excellence is named after the late U.S. Congressman George E. Sangmeister, the medal’s first recipient, and is awarded to a leading citizen recognized for competence, service and dedication in a field other than healthcare that contributes to the common good. The recipient exemplifies the values of caring service that is the cornerstone of Silver Cross Hospital.

This year’s recipient is Br. James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University. For the past 26 years, his vision and leadership has transformed the university into the seventh largest private, not-for-profit university in Illinois. During his tenure, enrollment has tripled to nearly 6,600 students. But what he is most proud of is the opportunity to provide his students a unique college experience that infuses the Catholic and Lasallian Mission into every aspect of University life.  Br. Gaffney is an outstanding example of a person who unselfishly has given many hours of his time to help others and improve the quality of life of Will County residents.

Secure your Ticket

Tickets are $200 per person and include an open bar. Black tie attire optional. Call Childerguild Ball Committee Member Robin Hartney at (815) 922-5376 to make reservations.

3D Mammograms are Here!

Posted on : 10-02-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Mammography, News

3DMammographyAlthough no special glasses are needed, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is now detecting breast cancer even earlier using breakthrough 3D mammography. 

Breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, uses advanced imaging technology to produce a three-dimensional image of the breast. It provides a clearer, more accurate view compared to digital mammography alone. 

“Conventional digital mammography produces one image of overlapping tissue, making it sometimes difficult to detect cancers,” says Dr. Aaron Guajardo, radiologist at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health.   “When combined with digital mammography using the same scanner, breast tomosynthesis takes multiple images and reconstructs them to create a 3D view of the entire breast. We can now see areas of concern from all angles.”

Benefits of 3D mammography can include:

  • Earlier detection of small breast cancers that may be hidden during digital mammography
  • Greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape and location of abnormalities
  • Fewer unnecessary biopsies or additional tests
  • Greater likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumors, which occur in 15% of breast cancer patients
  • Clearer images of dense breast tissue

To schedule an appointment for a mammogram, call (815) 300-7076 or request an appointment online A physician’s order is required.  Patients will be screened to determine if they could benefit from breast tomosynthesis.

Women who choose Silver Cross for their annual mammography screening can also take advantage of Silver Cross’ free I Matter® program which rewards patients for taking care of themselves.  At the time of appointment, patients receive their I Matter membership card. This card can be used at over 100 local businesses for unlimited discounts.  Sign-up today.

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.