Rewarding Mothers Today and Everyday

Posted on : 04-22-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, Health Tips, I Matter Benefits, Mammography, News, breast cancer

Moms are busy women.  They take care of their family, home and community.  Because they matter in the lives of so many, Silver Cross Hospital rewards these special women for taking care of themselves—not just on Mother’s Day, but every day.  Women who join the free IMatter program receive valuable discounts at over 120 local businesses just for getting a mammogram at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health.  Click here to sign-up or for more information about the program.

In recognition of Mother’s Day, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is also offering digital screening mammograms for just $100 for those who prefer to pay at time of appointment; insurance will not be billed.   Women can take advantage of the discounted price by requesting an appointment online or calling (815) 300-7076 during the month of May to schedule an appointment before June 30, 2014.  A doctor’s order is required for the mammogram. Don’t have a doctor?  Call 1-888-660-HEAL or  click here for a free referral.

Advanced Diagnostics, Special Care

The Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health represents a unique concept in women’s healthcare. Located on the new Silver Cross Hospital campus at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox, the Center was the first in the region to provide an advanced level of diagnostics coupled with specialized care for women in one convenient location. Set in a spa-like environment, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health offers a variety of healthcare services designed around a woman’s needs and lifestyle including mammography, breast ultrasound including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, stereotactic biopsy, bone densitometry, and a breast cancer support group.

“At the Center, we use only digital mammography technology to provide our patients with the best service and care,” says Marci Vasiliades, Manager of the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health. “Patients can bring their old films in and we will scan and transfer them to the digital format for easy comparison.”

Digital mammograms also simplify the procedure for women. Although compression of the breasts is still important when performing digital mammography, the compression paddles are warmer and more flexible, which ultimately provide women with a more comfortable experience.  Following the screening, women can call a 24-hour mammogram hotline to obtain their test results alleviating any anxiety. 

“Our patients really enjoy the service and the amenities,” said Vasiliades.  “They consistently rank us in the top 2% in the nation for patient satisfaction according to Press Ganey.

Silver Cross is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).  The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

In addition to having this special accreditation, the Center is also unique in that there is a Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN™).  This specialized nurse guides patients through the next steps in their care.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health

Free Aches & Pains lecture series

Posted on : 04-15-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Events, News

Millions of Americans suffer from aches and pains daily. But at what level of distress should you seek help to find relief from your pain? Silver Cross Hospital is offering a lecture series titled Aches & Pains on determining when to seek help, and eliminating soreness in various areas of the body.

All participants will receive a GIFT BAG which includes a complimentary joint and back screening performed by a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross, and other items to help you stay active. ($125 Value).

All programs will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hospital’s Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  Register to attend one or more programs online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Hip Pain
Tuesday, May 6 
Experiencing hip pain and stiffness? Dr. Bradley Dworsky, orthopedic surgeon, will share information on the latest treatment options including arthroscopy and joint preservation.
Leg & Back Pain
Tueday, May 13
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common spinal problem associated with leg and back pain in people over age 50. Dr. Thomas Hurley, neurosurgeon, will discuss new non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments available to treat this condition.
Shoulder Pain
Tuesday, June 3
Feel out of joint? If you experience painful arthritis in the shoulder and have damage to the surrounding muscles, join Dr. Venkat Seshadri, orthopedic surgeon, to learn about a new procedure—Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty.
Knee Pain
Wednesday, June 4
Stop limping. Join Dr. Paul Trksak, orthopedic surgeon, for a discussion on recent advances in total and partial knee replacement.

More discounts for I Matter Members

Posted on : 04-04-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, I Matter Benefits

Ladies, pull out your I Matter cards and start shopping!  We are excited to announce that 50 businesses have recently joined the I Matter program offering you valuable discounts of 5% or more just for getting your annual health screenings—either a mammogram or heart test!

7 Paintball & Airsoft
A Carriage Awaits Limousine
Advantage3 CPAs
Aged 2 Perfection
An English Garden Flowers & Gifts
Angel’s Trumpet Gifts
ANM & Associates, Inc.
Aqua Green Dispositions
Basinger’s Pharmacy
Bibian Bros Auto
Briosa Boutique
Budget Blinds
CP Meat Market
Dairy Queen
David Nelson Exquisite Jewelry
DeRe Tire & Auto, Inc.
DesRochers Backyard Pools Inc
Duke’s Catering
Expert Plumbing Service Inc
FirstMed USA
Generation Bliss
Gina Cristine Photography
Heart & Sole Dance
Hope’s Kitchen
Leo & Sons Carpet Cleaning
Lincolnway Florist
Look Nu Car Wash & Detail Center
MR Moonwalks
My Sister’s and Me Boutique
New Star Jewelers
Red Roof Inn
Salem Village Nursing & Rehab.LLC
Smithereen Pest  Management
The Flower Cottage
The UPS Store
Tom Kelly’s Chophouse & Pub
Tropical Smoothie Café
Velocita Technology
Vintage Chauffeuring
Zaborac Counseling Group
Zilinsky Financial Service


If your card has expired—it means that it is time to get your annual screening.  Call (815) 300-7076 to schedule an appointment.  Keep in mind a doctor’s order is required for mammograms.  Or you can request an appointment online

Don’t have a card, simply sign-up online to become an I Matter member online.  You will receive your card at the time of your screening.





Setting Fitness Goals

Posted on : 03-26-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Health Tips, Weight Loss

Charles Murray, Exercise Specialist with the Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Program at Silver Cross Hospital

The most important part of developing a personal plan for physical fitness is knowing why you want to become more fit. As simple as that may sound, it is actually a critical aspect of a successful fitness plan. If your goal is weight loss, you’ll approach fitness somewhat differently than if your goal is building strength and endurance. And once you know why you want to become more fit, you can more easily determine what you can do to reach that goal.

Setting Long-Range Goals

Be specific. Sit down with paper and pencil and jot down exactly what you hope to accomplish by becoming more physically fit. If your goal is to lose weight, how much? If you want to improve your endurance, how will that help you? If you wish to improve specific skills (your bicycling, swimming or golf game, for instance), state them. Knowing what you want in the long run will help you tailor your program to achieve your ends and provide motivation.

Setting Working Goals

If your long-range goal is to lose 15 pounds, start by setting short-range “working” goals—small steps that will help you reach your long-range wish. Working goals specify what, how much, when and how often you will do an activity that helps you move toward your final goal. For instance, a working goal might be to attend a one-hour exercise class after work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Each time you attend a class, you’ve met one working goal. If your ultimate goal is to increase the amount of weight that you can bench-press, your working goals will center around progressively “overloading” your muscles until you can build up to the desired weight.

Keeping a Planner

The best way to outline working goals—and to make your fitness plan a firm commitment— is to keep a planner. Write down the activities you will do, which days you will do them on, and when and how long you will do them. It’s best to space similar workouts at least 24 hours apart to allow for adequate recovery time. If you exercise using high-impact aerobics on Monday, wait until Wednesday to repeat that activity. On Tuesday, you might engage in strength training, flexibility exercises or a low-impact workout, such as swimming or bicycling. A certified trainer can help you design a program that is both safe and effective.  For optimum results, exercise vigorously three to five times a week. When you’ve accomplished each goal, take a minute to write a comment or two on how you felt afterward. Did you feel a sense of accomplishment? Have you noticed that you’re exercising with greater ease than when you first started? Did eating lunch before your workout affect your performance? Keep notes about your progress and use this information to analyze any problems you may be having, to award your achievements and to keep yourself motivated.

The Payoff

Long-range goals can be easy to lose sight of. That’s why working goals and planners are important. By writing down what you hope to accomplish and setting well-planned working goals, you’ll find that the payoff isn’t the “impossible dream,” it’s the final, inevitable, successful result of a series of hard-earned achievements.

5 Lung Cancer Specialists…1 Day. No Charge.

Posted on : 03-25-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Cancer

Stroke: Lifesaving Tips

Posted on : 03-24-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Emergency, Health Tips, Stroke Care

Stroke cans strike at an instant.  Every 40 seconds in the United States, a stroke occurs.  When it comes to stroke and other conditions of the brain, it’s critical that treatment be started quickly. First and foremost, know how to spot the warning signs so you can seek help immediately.   

The Warning Signs
  • Sudden weakness in the face, arm and leg on one side of the body
  • Loss of speech or trouble talking or understanding speech
  • Some loss of vision, usually in only one eye, or unequal pupil size
  • Unexplained dizziness or loss of balance
  • A sudden severe headache
  • A loss of bladder and/or bowel control

Request a free Stroke Awareness Kit. 

Lifesaving Steps 

  •  If the patient is unconscious, check that his or her airway is open and that the patient is breathing and has a pulse. Start rescue breathing if necessary or CPR if you’re trained in that technique.
  • At the same time, have someone dial 911 or whatever emergency medical service is used in your area.
  • If the patient is unconscious or half-conscious, place him or her, with the paralyzed side down, on a bed or cushioned surface.
  • If the patient is conscious, have him or her lie down with the upper body and head slightly elevated. Calmly reassure the patient.
  • If the patient has dentures, remove them. Using a piece of cloth wrapped around a finger, wipe any food or mucus from inside the mouth. Don’t give any liquids or food if the throat is paralyzed.
  • If an eyelid won’t blink or close, gently close it, place a soft bandage over it, and lightly tape the bandage in place to prevent drying and possible vision loss.

If a phone is not available or you can safely get to a hospital faster than the wait for an ambulance or paramedics, drive the patient to the nearest hospital emergency department.  Silver Cross Hospital is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.  Open 24/7, Silver Cross offers the full continum of care for patients on-site including interventional procedures and rehabilitation provided by The Rehabilitation Insitute of Chicago (RIC).

Find Relief from Severe Hand Pain

Posted on : 03-24-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Health Tips, Rehabilitation, screening

You’re working on your computer, trying to ignore the tingling or numbness you’ve had for months in your hand. Suddenly, a sharp, piercing pain shoots through the wrist and up your arm. Just a passing cramp?  More likely you have carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful progressive condition caused by compression of a key nerve in the wrist. Even sleep becomes impossible because of the constant pain. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), this is a common scenario for many Americans.

“Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist,” says Barbara Shoemaker, occupational therapist with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross Hospital.   “The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move. The carpal tunnel, which is a narrow, rigid passageway of ligament and bones at the base of the hand, houses the median nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed. The result may be pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating up the arm.”

Free Carpal Tunnel Screening and Non-Surgical Treatment

Early diagnosis and treatment are important to avoid permanent damage to the median nerve.  Occupational therapists with RIC at Silver Cross will offer free screenings Wednesday, April 16 at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross, 1051 Essington Rd, Joliet

Register to attend this free program by calling 815-300-6580. 

Therapists will perform a physical examination of the hands, arms, shoulders, and neck to determine if the patient’s complaints are related to daily activities or to an underlying disorder that mimic carpal tunnel syndrome. They will also examine the wrist for tenderness, swelling, warmth, and discoloration. Each finger will be tested for sensation and the muscles at the base of the hand examined for strength and signs of atrophy. Screening participants will receive at home exercises to relieve the symptoms or prevent future carpal tunnel syndrome and may also be referred to a physician on staff at Silver Cross Hospital if further evaluation or treatment is needed. 

Non-Surgical Treatments for Relief

Initial treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome generally involves resting the affected hand and wrist for at least 2 weeks, avoiding activities that may worsen symptoms, and immobilizing the wrist in a splint to avoid further damage from twisting or bending. If there is inflammation, applying cool packs can help reduce swelling. Stretching and strengthening exercises can be helpful in people whose symptoms have abated. These exercises may be supervised by a physical therapist, who is trained to use exercises to treat physical impairments, or an occupational therapist, who is trained in evaluating people with physical impairments and helping them build skills to improve their health and well-being.  Recurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome following treatment is rare. The majority of patients recover completely.

“If treated early, carpal tunnel symptoms usually go away with nonsurgical treatment,” said Shoemaker.   

Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – VIDEO


I Matter Benefit: $25 off Cache’

Posted on : 03-12-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, Heart Health, I Matter Benefits, breast cancer

One of the newest I Matter membership business partners, Caché offers a contemporary collection for the fashion-conscious woman. From day wear to night life, Caché has something for every woman. Known for their bold and exciting prints, Caché specializes in lifestyle sportswear and dresses. Located in Orland Square Mall, this retailer is the go-to place. I Matter members who shop here will receive $25 off of $125 spent or $50 off of $250 spent.

 How can you save at Cache?

It’s easy! Once you have joined the free Silver Cross I Matter program, you will receive your membership card when you come in for your annual mammogram or baseline heart screening. You can request an appointment online or by calling 815-300-7076. Keep in mind that a physician’s order is required for all mammograms. Your I Matter membership card is your gateway to savings at over 70 local businesses including Cache’.  So, if you are not currently an I Matter member, sign-up online today.

Could your have diabetes and don’t know it?

Posted on : 03-11-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Diabetes, Events, News

In recognition of the American Diabetes Association’s American Diabetes Alert, the Silver Cross Diabetes Center, Walgreens and Joliet Noon Lions Club will offer free screenings to detect diabetes on Tuesday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. outside Silver Cross Hospital’s Season’s Dining Room, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  Participants will be offered a Diabetes Risk Test and Blood Glucose Test.  For more information, call (815) 300-5990.

The American Diabetes Alert is an annual nationwide campaign to raise awareness that diabetes is a complex, serious and increasingly common disease affecting more than 24.6 million Americans.  Diabetes can cause blindness, which is a devastating disease the Lions Clubs around the world are working to prevent.  By partnering with Silver Cross, the area’s most comprehensive diabetes management program, the two hope to work together to prevent individuals in the community from these chronic diseases.

Diabetes is a silent disease and if left untreated can harm your eyes, heart, nerves and kidneys just by having too much sugar in the bloodstream.  The risk factors for diabetes increase with age and weight gain.  Diabetes is more common in African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.  Those who are at risk have high blood pressure, a family history of diabetes or have delivered a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth.  Most people with diabetes do not notice any symptoms.  However, if you are constantly thirsty, urinate frequently or lose weight without trying, you should see a physician.

“Many patients learn for the first time that they have diabetes while in the hospital,” says Patsy Harris, RN, Silver Cross Diabetes Center Program Manager.   “Last year, 25 percent of our inpatients had a primary or secondary diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.   By diagnosing diabetes early, we can help our patients manage the disease and keep them out of the hospital and have a fulfilling healthier and active lifestyle.”

The Silver Cross Diabetes Center is one of the area’s first American Diabetes Association’s recognized quality comprehensive diabetes management program.  Since 1996, the Diabetes Center has helped more than 3,800 patients and frequently provides educational programs and screenings in the community.   For more information, call (815) 300-5990.

New Methods to Treat Breast Cancer

Posted on : 03-07-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Cancer, Events, breast cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2013 an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed among women, as well as an estimated 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed this year (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).  Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free lecture to teach how treatment of the disease has evolved over time.

 Free Program

Join Grace Suh, M.D., clinical associate at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross, for a discussion – Treatment of Breast Cancer – on how the occurrence of breast cancer has changed over time and on new therapies currently being used to treat the disease.  This free program will be held Tuesday, March 25, 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 at 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. Grace Suh, hematology and oncology physician, with the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital

What is breast cancer?

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.

Treating Breast Cancer

“When breast cancer is diagnosed, our physicians develop a treatment plan that is individualized to the patient,” said Dr. Suh.  “Thanks to the latest medical and surgical approaches that we offer, many women with the disease have an excellent chance of being cured.  We treat even the most resistant tumors with a range of treatments–some of which aren’t available at many other medical centers.”