I Matter Benefits: C.P. Meat Market

Posted on : 10-31-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, I Matter Benefits

i matter logo 2With the holidays coming up, it’s time to start thinking about what you will be cooking for your family gatherings. You will want to make sure to get your order in early especially if you are feeding a crowd or serving up something unique like a duck or pheasant! C.P. Meat Market in New Lenox is a great place to start. They have been regarded as one of the finest top-grade butcher shops/sausage specialists in the Chicagoland area.

cp meat 2Family-owned since 1976, Bill Przybylski and Ken Vicich offer the finest porterhouse steaks and thick boneless filets, mouthwatering home-made smoked and fresh polish sausages, hand- cranked and specially seasoned bratwurst, beef jerky, stuffed chicken breasts, tender roast, homemade pot pies, smoked barbecued pulled pork and more.  The store is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and they ship around the country. They also provide their customers with cooking tips and tasty recipes as well as step-by-step instructions on how to roast your Thanksgiving turkey and storing any leftovers.

Because Bill, Ken and the rest of the team at C.P. Meat Market care that you eat right and take care of yourself by getting annual health screenings, they offer I Matter members 5-10% off all purchases. Just present your I Matter card at check-out to take advantage of this delicious deal. If your card has expired or you don’t have one, just come in to Silver Cross Hospital for your annual mammogram or cardiac screening. You will receive your membership card at the time of your appointment, which can be used at C.P. Meat Market and over 100 other local businesses for valuable discounts. You can request an appointment online or call (815) 300-7076. Hurry. The holidays will be here before you know it!


Get “Hip” on New Ways to Stop Hip Pain

Posted on : 10-28-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Aches & Pains, Events, Health Tips, News

hip painAre you tired of enduring another day of hip pain? Whether the origin of your pain is arthritis or a degenerative illness, help is available for you to suffer no longer. To understand the causes and treatments of hip pain, Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free program Nov. 18.

Join Dr. Tom Antkowiak and Dr. Rajeev Puri, orthopedic surgeons with Oak Orthopedics, to learn the latest treatment plans for hip pain and degenerative hip conditions including hip arthroscopy and minimally invasive anterior total hip replacement. This free program will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

The hip joint is designed to withstand repetitive motion and a reasonable amount of wear and tear. This ball-and-socket joint fits together in a way that allows for seamless movement. Whenever you use the hip, a cushion of cartilage prevents friction as the hip moves in its socket.

“Over time and with age, the cartilage in the hip can wear out,” said Tom Antkowiak, M.D., orthopedic surgeon. “As the cartilage continues to wear we are often left with bone on bone arthritis which slows patients down and leads to increased pain. If caught early, we are often able to use minimally invasive techniques to slow the progression of arthritis and get patients back to the activities they love.”

Symptoms of Hip Pain

Depending on the source that’s causing hip pain, you might feel discomfort in the following areas: buttocks, thigh, outside of the hip joint, deep groin or the back.

Get medical attention right away if:

  • The hip pain came on suddenly.
  • A fall or other injury triggered the hip pain.
  • Your hip looks deformed or is bleeding.
  • You experienced a painful popping in the hip.
  • The pain is intense.
  • You can’t put any weight on your hip.

Relieve the Pain

If your hip pain is caused by a muscle or tendon strain, or osteoarthritis, you can usually relieve it with an over-the-counter pain medication or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.

Another way to relieve hip pain is by holding ice to the area for about 15 minutes a few times a day.

If you have arthritis, exercising the hip joint with low-impact exercises, stretching, and resistance training can reduce pain and improve joint mobility. For example, swimming is a good non-impact exercise for arthritis.

When osteoarthritis becomes so severe that the pain is intense or the hip joint looses motion, a total hip replacement (arthroplasty) may be a consideration.

“An accurate diagnosis is vital in deciding the appropriate treatment for hip pain. For this reason, it is imperative to see an orthopedic specialist who is specially trained to evaluate such conditions,” said Rajeev Puri, M.D., orthopedic surgeon.


Patients/Staff walk for Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted on : 10-27-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Cancer, Celebration of Health

 Picture 095AFinalAlong with 2,000 men and women of all ages wearing a variety of pink apparel, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health employees and patients participated in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K (3.1. mile) walked at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet on October 5.

“As breast health clinicians, we felt it was important to support the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk since we interact with many women daily educating them on their breast health and helping those with cancer fight the disease,” said Marci Vasiliades, Director of Imaging Services at Silver Cross Hospital. “We also wanted to help raise awareness for women to get their annual mammograms and support finding a cure for breast cancer.”

Participants in this year’s walk raised over $36,000 to help women learn the importance of early detection and treatment and eliminate breast cancer. The 15th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk brings the entire community together to celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate women about the importance of reducing their cancer risk by getting their annual mammograms, and raise funds for lifesaving research and support programs to further fight against breast cancer.

Since 1993, eight million walkers across the United States have collected more than $460 million to help fight breast cancer through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events. To date, there are 300 Strides events scheduled throughout the country. Together, we are making strides towards a world with less cancer and more birthdays.


Find Relief for Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Posted on : 10-27-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Aches & Pains, Bone Health, Events, Health Tips, News

Cervical-Stenosis (1)Have you been suffering for years from a nagging pain in either your neck, shoulders or legs? You may be suffering from a condition known as cervical spinal stenosis. To help understand the causes and treatments of this type of pain, Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free program on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

Join Dr. Thomas Hurley, neurosurgeon, for a discussion on minimally invasive treatments available for cervical spinal stenosis—a common problem in people over age 50. This free lecture – Cervical Spinal Stenosis - will be held in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Pavilion A, New Lenox at 6:30 p.m. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

“Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal causing pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerves,” said Dr.  Hurley. These changes might create minor aches in some patients, although in more severe cases, the pain can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. So to avoid the pain from getting worse, patients need to seek medical attention.”

Symptoms of Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Many people older than 50 years of age have some narrowing of the spinal canal but do not have symptoms. Cervical spinal stenosis does not cause symptoms unless the spinal cord or nerves becomes squeezed. Symptoms usually develop slowly over a long period of time and may include:

  • Stiffness, pain, numbness, or weakness in the neck, shoulders, legs, arms, or hands.
  • Balance and coordination problems, such as shuffling or tripping while walking.
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control (incontinence).

How is Spinal Stenosis Treated?

Spinal stenosis can be treated several ways. Treatment options include:

Changes in posture. People with spinal stenosis may find that flexing the spine by leaning forward while walking relieves their symptoms.

Medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen may help relieve symptoms.

Surgery. If other treatments do not ease the pain, surgery may be recommended to relieve the pressure on affected nerves.

“The best way to develop a treatment plan is to diagnose the severity of Spinal Stenosis. With so many innovative treatments available today, patients can learn the best options with a physician visit,” says Dr. Hurley.


Don’t Let Injuries Haunt your Halloween

Posted on : 10-14-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Emergency, Health Tips, News
Photo credit: http://www.wdwthemeparks.com

Photo credit: http://www.wdwthemeparks.com

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.