I Matter Member Discounts on Pain Relief/Massages

Posted on : 07-21-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, I Matter Benefits

The physicians and staff at Integrated Physical Medicine (IPM) believe that no one should have to live with chronic pain which is why IPM  is offering discounts to Silver Cross Hospital I Matter members. Just present your blue or yellow I Matter card at time of service to receive your 5-10% discount.  If you are not an I Matter member, you can sign-up for free.  You will receive your membership card the next time you come to Silver Cross for your annual mammogram or heart screening.  In addition to IPM, you can use your card to receive valuable discounts at over 130 local businesses.

Integrated Physical Medicine (IPM) is a multidisciplinary healthcare facility offering the most skilled and comprehensive chiropractic care and massage therapy in our community.  This organization is the first of its kind in this area and has office locations in both New Lenox and Joliet.

IPM is owned and operated by physicians Dr. Scott J. Kenny and Dr. Jon M. Polcyn.  Doctors Kenny and Polcyn are both local New Lenox residents and both graduated from Providence Catholic High School.  The facility in New Lenox has been servicing the healthcare needs of our community since 2010.  The Joliet location opened its doors in 2013.

The physicians and staff at IPM are excited to introduce a revolutionary approach to non-drug and non-surgical treatment and therapies all found under one roof. “IPM wants our patients and community to know that physical problems demand a physical solution and people do not get healthy sitting on couches!” Dr. Kenny contends.

“The unique 360-degree approach has allowed our physicians and staff to have phenomenal success,” Kenny attests. This thorough approach has assisted in treating headaches and migraines; neck, mid back, and lower back pain; shoulder, elbow, and wrist pain; hip, knee, and ankle pain; sciatica; bulging or herniated discs; plantar fasciitis; sprains/strains; tendonitis; sports injuries; pre and post surgical rehabilitation; strength and conditioning; nutritional counseling and weight loss programs. 

The physicians and staff at IPM want patients to know that they can take control of their healthcare.  “The most important lesson that we try to teach our patients is that pain does not dictate your health,” Dr. Kenny states.  “One’s ability to function or move, exercise, or play with their kids, for example, is the most important indicator of health.” 

“Physical problems like muscle spasm, muscle weakness, and limited range of motion demand physical solutions,” he continues.  “We have had phenomenal success incorporating physical solutions into our patients’ treatment plans.”  These solutions include chiropractic, physical therapy, athletic training, massage therapy, and nutritional counseling.

“In today’s day and age, people have many resources to educate themselves about the options that exist for healthcare,” Kenny states. “People know and understand that chiropractic in conjunction with physical therapy is safe, cost-effective, and covered by most insurance plans. 

“We want people to start to think outside the box,” he asserts. “We challenge ourselves to get our patients better faster and keep our patients better longer.”

For more information or to schedule a thorough consultation with one of the IPM physicians, please call 815-717-8355 (New Lenox) 815-439-2726 (Joliet), visit their Facebook page, and/or visit the IPM website.

Are Your Kids Ready for Fall Sports Season?

Posted on : 07-21-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, Health Tips, News, Physicals

Submitted by Priya Shastri, MD, family practice physician

Playing on a school or community sports team is a great way for kids to stay in shape and learn teamwork. No matter which sport your son or daughter plays — whether it’s football, cross country, golf or cheerleading, there’s always a risk of getting hurt.

The casualties of youth sports can range from minor sprained ankles and repetitive strains, to more serious conditions like concussions or exercise-induced asthma.  Some kids may even have serious allergic reactions to bees and other insects found in playing fields.” 

To avoid getting hurt or sick on the field, court, and track, kids need to be prepared. That preparation starts with seeing a health care provider for a sport’s physical or pre-participation physical examination (PPE) to make sure their bodies are ready for the season ahead.   

Ideally athletes should have the exam done about six to eight weeks before sports season starts. That way, if your physician wants to treat a condition, refer you to a specialist, or do a follow-up exam, there will be enough time before the sport begins to be cleared to play.

What to Expect During a Sports Physical

The sports physical starts with a thorough medical history. The physicians will ask about any history of illness, hospitalizations, or injuries that might prevent your teen from playing, or that might limit the amount of activity the child or teen can handle. The medical history will be followed by a physical exam, in which the physicians will:

  • record your height and weight
  • take a blood pressure and pulse (heart rate and rhythm) reading
  • test vision
  • check the heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat
  • evaluate posture, joints, strength, and flexibility

Additional testing such as blood tests, X-rays, or electrocardiogram may be ordered during the sports physical.  Although most aspects of the exam will be the same for males and females, if a person has started or already gone through puberty, the physicians may ask girls and guys different questions. For example, if a girl is heavily involved in a lot of active sports, they may ask her about her period and diet to make sure she doesn’t have something like female athlete triad, which is disordered eating, amenorrhea and osteoporosis. They may also ask questions about use of drugs, alcohol, or dietary supplements, including steroids or other “performance enhancers” and weight-loss supplements, because these can affect a person’s health.

If everything checks out during the physical, the physicians will approve the athlete to play without any restrictions or he might recommend certain modifications, like using special protective equipment, carrying an epinephrine auto injector for severe insect allergies, or using an inhaler for asthma. It’s unusual for kids to be banned from playing altogether.  Most health conditions won’t prevent kids from participating in sports, but sometimes they’ll need treatment such as therapy and a follow-up exam in order to play.

To make it easy on parents, Dr. Shastri is offering discounted sports physicals for students age 6 years and older through Sept. 30, 2014.  Call (815) 300-1450 for more imformation.

Encore Shop Back-to-School Sale

Posted on : 07-21-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, Events, News

Silver Cross Hospital’s resale shop—Encore Shop, will host a Back-to-School Sale, Tuesday, Aug, 5 and Wednesday, Aug, 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Some of the items available to purchase include

  • school and office supplies
  • back packs
  • binders
  • dorm room necessities
  • and other school related materials.  

All proceeds benefit Silver Cross Hospital, a not-for-profit health care provider.

The Encore Shop is located in the Hershman Building, 1301 Copperfield Ave., Joliet—on the former Silver Cross Hospital campus.  The store is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Donations can be dropped off at the Encore Shop in Joliet or in the collection bin outside Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.  For more information, call either the Encore Shop at (815) 300-7642 or Volunteers Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117. 

For over 50 years the Encore Shop has been operated by a volunteer group of women called the Silver Cross Advisory Board.  In the past 12 years, the Advisory Board has donated more than $935,000 to Silver Cross for the purchase of a variety of medical equipment.  The group recently completed a $75,000 pledge to purchase the water feature in the Dralle Serenity Garden outside the new Silver Cross Hospital at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox.

Enhanced Services for Your New Grandchildren

Posted on : 07-16-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Fertility, News
First-time mom Amanda Stroud holding her newborn son Jordan with Kathleen Choate, R.N., from the Silver Cross Special Care Nursery

With the opening of the new Silver Cross Hospital in 2012, in the past two years, the physicians and nursing team delivered over 5,000 babies.  Nearly half of all babies in Will County are now born at Silver Cross Hospital

“More and more families are choosing Silver Cross for the birth of their first, second or even third child,” says Marilyn Paollela, Director of Women and Infant Services at Silver Cross Hospital.  “And although patients are giving us high marks for the care we provide, we are always looking at how we can improve the birthing experience.”

According to Press, Ganey, a national patient satisfaction survey organization, the Silver Cross Birthing Center ranks in the Top 5% in the country.  And, several of the obstetrician/gynecologists on the Hospital’s Medical Staff rank in the Top 1% nationally for patient satisfaction. They are:

Specialists In-House 24/7

For the past 18 years, Silver Cross has partnered with Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital) to ensure that a specially trained neonatologist or pediatric hospitalist is onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And if needed, Lurie Children’s pediatric cardiologists are available to analyze a baby’s echocardiogram in real time through a video linkage with Silver Cross.

“Having a doctor from Children’s immediately available is a benefit since they can provide expert specialty care to newborns that may otherwise need to be transported to Chicago or a specialty center outside the community,” says Paollela.    “And if a newborn needs follow-up specialist care, Lurie Children’s outpatient clinic is conveniently located on our hospital campus.

In addition to neonatologists/pediatric hospitalists, patients can find comfort in knowing that Silver Cross has made sure that an obstetrician/gynecologist and anesthesiologist is also now available in the hospital 24 hours and day, 7 days a week. 

Level II Nursery with Extended Capabilities

At Silver Cross, the top priority is to make sure that patients of all ages receive the best possible care.  Therefore, the Hospital voluntarily sought designation by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for having a Level II Nursery with extended neonatal capabilities.  This designation means that the state recognizes Silver Cross Hospital’s ability to care for low-birth-weight infants (2 pounds, 12 ounces or greater), premature infants (30 or more weeks gestation), and infants on mechanical ventilators.  Now, few babies ever need to be transferred to specialized neonatal care centers.

“This recognition is significant because it ensures the community that Silver Cross has demonstrated that we have highly-skilled physicians and nurses on staff, as well as state-of-the art facilities, equipment and supplies that are needed to provide more complex care to high risk mothers and their babies,” said Paolella.

First-time mom Amanda Stroud is thrilled with the highly-skilled care her infant son is receiving at Silver Cross’ Level II Nursery with extended neonatal capabilities. Amanda’s newborn son, Jordan, was born six and half weeks early on July 3 and will more than likely being staying in the special care nursery until his original due date of August 18.  As a result, his lungs weren’t fully developed which required him to need extended care on oxygen in an isolette.

“My husband and I are so comfortable having Jordan cared for by the wonderful nurses in Silver Cross’ Special Care Nursery,” said the Joliet resident. “The nurses are so knowledgeable on how to tend to his special needs and are so patient in teaching us how to care for him. And we feel so blessed to have him receive this special care at Silver Cross Hospital which is close to our home.”

In addition to the special skills nursery, Silver Cross has brought together cutting-edge medical technology with spa-like amenities in each of the 12 luxurious birthing suites and 30 mother-baby (postpartum) suites. Each suite was designed so parents can have the convenience of staying in the same room through recovery followed by a stay in one of the private mother-baby suites.  Each private suite is fully-equipped with a bathroom with a shower and some have an immersion tub to help with labor pains, blanket warmer, refrigerator, wireless internet access, 30” flat screen TV system, and a comfortable sofa-sleeper so family members can stay around the clock.  Click here for more information about the new Silver Cross Women and Infant Birthing Center or to schedule a tour.

Free Health Screenings, Slammers Tickets & TCBY!

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

Baseball season is upon us and the doctors with Primary Care Physicians of Essington invite you to Stay on the Ball for Your Health as they host an Open House on Thursday, July 31.  The free event will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the Silver Cross Professional Building – West Joliet at 1051 Essington Road, Suite 100, Joliet. 

All participants will receive a gift bag that includes a gift certificate for a free 10-minute consultation with Dr. Joseph Hindo, internal medicine physician, or Dr. Anandavally Pillai, family practice physician and other items.  Also the first 100 adults to attend will receive two Joliet Slammers box seat ticket vouchers.

In addition, individuals who schedule an appointment with one of the physicians at the Open House will be entered into a drawing to win a baseball signed by the 2014 Joliet Slammers team.  There will be a drawing for all attendees for a Chicago Sports Memorabilia basket, complimentary TCBY frozen yogurt, and free blood pressure and blood glucose (diabetes). No fasting is required.  The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross will offer free fall and balance screenings.

1340 AM-WJOL will be broadcasting live from the event and adults are encouraged to bring their children to meet Joliet Slammers mascot Spikes from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Southpaw, the mascot from Chicago’s Southside professional baseball team, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Attendees can also meet the staff including Drs. Hindo and Pillai.  The two experienced physicians have been caring for patients of all ages on the west side of Joliet for many years and are on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. New patients are welcome. The physicians are adding evening hours for their patient’s convenience.  Starting on Monday, August 4, Dr. Hindo will have appointments until 7 p.m. and starting on Thursday, August 7, Dr. Pillai will have appointments until 7 p.m.  Primary Care Physicians of Essington accept most insurance and offer evening and Saturday appointments. To schedule an appointment with one of the physicians, call (815) 744-4440.

Joseph Hindo, M.D. is board certified in Internal Medicine. With over 30 years of experience, ranging from emergency care to flu and chronic illness, he is dedicated to caring for adults. Dr. Hindo completed an internal medicine residency at The Chicago Medical Schools affiliated hospitals including the VA Medical Center in North Chicago, St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital, Great Lakes Naval Hospital, and Jackson Park Hospital. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Society of Internal Medicine, and Illinois Society of Internal Medicine. As a former Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps from 1986-1994, Dr. Hindo served our country and is a Veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Locally, he has served as President of the Will Grundy Medical Society, Chairman of Professional Education for the American Cancer Society’s Will County Division, and as a member of the Will County Board of Health. He also volunteered his medical services for more than a decade at the Will Grundy “free” Medical Clinic.

Anadavally Pillai, M.D. is board certified in Family Practice Medicine.  She has nearly 30 years of experience caring for patients of all ages and treating conditions that are unique to specific ethnic groups as well as those that span generations and genders. She takes a most personal, family-oriented approach to the practice of medicine and is a strong advocate of disease prevention providing immunizations, physicals and screenings. Dr. Pillai completed a family practice residency at Stroger Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL.  She is a member of the American Medical Association, the Chicago Medical Society and the American Academy of Family Practice.

“Ooh and aah” at Fireworks out of harm’s way this July 4th

Posted on : 07-02-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Emergency, Health Tips, News, Uncategorized, safety

Each year as we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day that occurred on July 4, 1776,  fireworks are often used to commemorate the United States  freedom as a sovereign nation. However, the excitement of fireworks can also bring pain and injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2013 there were eight deaths and an estimated 11,400 consumers who sustained injuries related to fireworks. This is an increase from 8,700 injuries in 2012. Silver Cross Hospital encourages you and your loved ones to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day safely.

Here are some powerful numbers about fireworks injuries:

  • Of the thousands of firework-related injuries that occur each year in the United States, the most injured body parts occur to the following areas: 36% of injuries to hands and fingers, 22% to heads, face and ears, and 16% to the eyes.  
  • The most dangerous kind of firework is the bottle rocket because they fly erratically, often causing bystander injuries. The bottles and cans used to launch bottle rockets often explode, showering fragments of glass and metal.
  • Sparklers account for three-quarters of all firework injuries in preschoolers. Young children find these sticks of fire – burning as hot as 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit – irresistible to touch.

Heather Taras, M.D. emergency medicine physician with Silver Cross Hospital and the Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen

“Since more fireworks are used on and around the Fourth of July than in any other celebration, there is a larger concentration of injuries during this time,” says  Dr. Heather Taras, Emergency Medicine physician at the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center located at 143rd St. and Bell Rd in Homer Glen. “People need to use extreme caution around fireworks because these types of injuries oftentimes leave patients with permanently damaged body parts.”

Safety Tips

You can enjoy a spectacular fireworks show safely by following a few tips from the CPSC:

  • Do not drink alcohol and set off fireworks.
  • Wear eye protection.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Finally, what’s the safest way to spend your Fourth of July?

“It’s really a lot safer to go to a professional show at one of the many area park districts,” says   Dr. Taras. “By letting trained experts light the fireworks, all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the show.”

Emergency Care Nearby

Even with the utmost caution, Fourth of July-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 visit www.silvercross.org.  


Living with Osteoporosis?

Posted on : 06-30-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Events, Health Tips, screening

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), about 54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Studies suggest that approximately one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis.  To help understand the causes and treatments of osteoporosis, Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free program in July.

Girl Talk: Stop Osteoporosis

Find out if you maybe at risk for osteoporosis. Join Dr. Latha Arla, internal medicine physician, on Wednesday, July 16 for a discussion on the risks, signs, testing and treatments for this crippling disease. Complimentary osteoporosis heel screenings will be offered to participants beginning at 5:30 p.m. This free program will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  Call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or visit www.silvercross.org to register.

“Even though there is no cure for osteoporosis, there are steps you can take to prevent or slow the progression of the disease,” said Dr. Latha Arla, internal medicine physician who is on-staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “In fact, you may even be able to improve bone density. During this program, all of these treatment options will be discussed.”

What causes Osteoporosis?

According to the NOF, osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. It happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both. As a result, your bones become weak and may crack from a minor fall or, in serious cases, even from simple actions, like bumping into furniture.

Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” If you look at healthy bone under a microscope, you will see that parts of it look like a honeycomb. If you have osteoporosis, the holes and spaces in the honeycomb are much bigger than they are in healthy bone. This means your bones have lost density or mass and that the structure of your bone tissue has become abnormal. As your bones become less dense, they also become weaker and more likely to break. If you’re age 50 or older and have broken a bone, talk to your doctor and ask if you should have a bone density test.

I Matter Members Save Big with Bibian Bros Auto Sales & Service

Posted on : 06-26-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, Discounts, I Matter Benefits

Before you head out on your summer vacation, you might want to get your vehicle checked out or maybe invest in a new ride.  If you have been thinking about it for a while, now is the time as I Matter members save 5-10% off with Bibian Bros Auto Sales and Service in Joliet.  That’s right!  Just present your blue or yellow I Matter card when you stop in to save BIG! If your card is expired or you don’t have one, don’t worry.  Just click here or call (815) 300-7076 to schedule your annual mammogram or heart screening appointment at Silver Cross Hospital. When you come in for your screening, we will make sure you are signed up for our FREE I Matter program and give you a new card. It’s that simple!

You can use your I Matter member card for valuable discounts at over 100 local businesses including one of our newest partners—Bibian Bros Auto Sales and Service. They are a family owned and operated business located at the corner of Jefferson and Center Streets in Joliet since 2001, but they have much more extensive experience with over 20 years in the automobile field. The Bibian brothers, Nick and Martin, grew up in the community, understand their customer needs and are committed to customer satisfaction. Most of their customers are referred by other satisfied clients.

Bibian Bros Auto Sales and Service provides full-service auto shop services and maintenance.  When you visit their shop for service, you can rest assured you will get the best possible service on your vehicle. If your vehicle failed an emissions test or was rejected for system monitors, their service shop is listed in the Illinois Air Team Report Card among the best places to service and repair any issues affecting your vehicle emissions.  At Bibian Bros, they explain all contract terms clearly so you know exactly what you are paying. And, they offer competitive prices and many financing options for your convenience. For more information, call (815) 727-7033 or check out their pre-owned auto inventory online.

Stop in and see them. And don’t forget to bring your Silver Cross I Matter card!

50s and Feeling Fabulous after Weight Loss Surgery

Posted on : 06-26-2014 | By : tsimons | In : News, Video, Weight Loss

VIDEO:  Kim’s Weight Loss Journey

As Kim Stam turned 50 years old, her weight was at an all time high of 269 pounds. She grew weary from dealing with the laborious weight problem that she had since childhood. Her constant exhaustion from performing simple daily activities motivated her to look into weight loss surgery.

“After attending BMI Surgery’s informational meeting, I knew weight loss surgery was the best option for me to lose weight,” said 53-year-old Kim Stam. And now Kim’s endurance has increased after losing over 100 pounds in 15 months as a result of her weight loss surgery at Silver Cross Hospital.

“My advice to others that are considering surgery is if you follow the guidelines, your dream of losing weight will come true,” stated the Bourbonnais resident.

Since Kim’s weight loss, her stamina to perform her job as a nurse assistant for Veterans has greatly increased.  She is also able to work-out longer on the treadmill, bike and elliptical. “Not only has my health improved, but the social aspects of my life have as well,” she said. “I am able to go out more socially with my family and friends. I feel wonderful about myself. I am still shocked when I see my reflection in a store window – it just amazes me that it is really my body!”

After researching quality weight loss programs, Kim decided to attend BMI Surgery’s free informational session.  “After listening to Dr. Brian Lahmann’s presentation, I felt a positive connection with the program, Dr. Lahmann and his staff at BMI Surgery. I felt that I would have this great support of people helping me through each step – and I did,” states Kim. With their support, along with encouragement from her family and friends, Kim committed to the exercise and diet plan and underwent REALIZE™ Adjustable Gastric Band weight loss surgery on January 29, 2013.

Patients benefit from a multidisciplinary approach, with the help of many different departments at Silver Cross. “Patients see an exercise physiologist, dietitian, cardiologist, psychologist, pulmonologist, and a bariatric nurse to get them ready for surgery,” says Dr. Brian Lahmann. “We screen our patients very carefully to ensure their success and safety.” 

The key to her success was adhering to the nutrition and exercise plan, as well as finding others who had similar experience maintaining their weight loss. “I now practice portion control and exercise,” said Kim.

“What I learned from Dr. Lahmann is that the surgery was merely a tool to lose weight and the real success depended on me making lifestyle and behavioral changes,” stated Kim. “In all of my fifty plus years of life, I can honestly say I now feel the best ever – both physically and mentally. I am so grateful to Dr. Lahmann, his team and the nurses at Silver Cross Hospital, who were so helpful and treated me so warmly.”

“Kim is an excellent example of how bariatric surgery can positively enhance one’s life. Her dedication to adhering to the program by eating well and exercising was critical in her ability to lose over 100 pounds,” says Dr. Lahmann.

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, who are suffering the medical consequences of obesity, are often best treated with bariatric surgery as opposed to nonsurgical weight loss. Those who are morbidly obese 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.

BMI Surgery has changed the lives of over 3,500 patients with life changing surgeries including laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and Lap-Band and REALIZE gastric band systems at Silver Cross Hospital. Board certified laparoscopic and bariatric surgeons

Brian Lahmann, M.D., and Christopher Joyce, M.D., are dedicated to helping patients win their personal battles with obesity and enjoy healthier lives. Their office is located on the new Silver Cross Hospital campus at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. Silver Cross has been named a Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery and a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery.

To find out more about the bariatric surgery program at Silver Cross Hospital, attend a free informational session on both traditional and laparoscopic surgery on any Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. at BMI Surgery at 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Suite 260, New Lenox. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Avoid the Dangers of Texting While Driving

Posted on : 06-25-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Emergency, News, safety

We live in a world where multitasking and communicating is instantaneous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 500,000 young adults each year are injured due to various forms of distracted driving, including texting, mobile instant messaging, updating social media pages, sending photos, etc. It’s a habit deadlier than drunk driving. However, such negligent behavior makes all drivers at risk for a fine, injury and even death.

According to Illinois state law, as of January 1, 2014, a new law bans the use of all hand-held devices while driving in Illinois. Only hands-free technology such as speakerphones, bluetooth, and headsets are permitted. In addition: (1) all cell phone use is prohibited while driving in a school zone; (2) all cell phone use is prohibited while driving in a highway construction zone, and (3) all cell phone use is prohibited if you are a novice driver. All Illinois drivers are prohibited from texting. Fines for violation of the Illinois cell phone law start at $75.

Dr. Daniel Checco, emergency medicine physician at Silver Cross Hospital and Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen

“The popularity of mobile devices has had some very dangerous consequences and are linked to a significant increase in distracted driving, resulting in injury and even loss of life,” says Dr. Daniel Checco, Medical Director for the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen.

In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010. Research has also found that text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.

To stop this dangerous behavior, the Ad Council, Office of the State Attorneys General and NHTSA created a Texting and Driving Prevention campaign – Stop Texts. Stop Wrecks. The campaign targets young adult drivers and aims to show them the consequences of this seemingly unnecessary behavior.

“As an emergency room physician, I have seen so many young people and adults present with life threatening injuries suffered from a car accident that was a result of a negligent driver texting and driving,” says Dr. Checco. “It’s a shame to see people senselessly hurt especially when the distracted driving could have been avoided.”

Ways to stop texting & driving

Follow these simple tips offered by NHTSA to avoid severe injuries due to an accident caused by texting and driving:

  • Out of sight, out of mind.  When you’re in the car, put your phone where you can’t get it. A place where you won’t even be tempted to look for it. No phone. No texting.
  •  Silence is golden. Turn those notifications off. The less you hear your phone, the less tempted you’ll be to respond while you’re driving.
  •  Designate a texter. Borrow thumbs from a friend. Or lend yours to a friend. Passengers get the privilege of texting while in motion.
  •  Give clear instructions. Give teen drivers simple, clear instructions not to use their wireless devices while driving. Before new drivers get their licenses, discuss the fact that taking their eyes off the road – even for a few seconds – could cost someone injury or even death.
  •  Lead by example. Children learn from their parent’s behavior. No one should text and drive. Be an example for your children and if you need to text or talk on the phone, pull over to a safe place.
  •  Become informed and be active.  Set rules for yourself and your household regarding distracted driving. Tell family, friends and organizations to which you belong about the importance of driving without distractions. Take information to your children’s’ schools and ask that it be shared with students and parents.

If you or your child suffers injuries due to an accident from texting and driving, Dr. Daniel Checco and the rest of Silver Cross Hospital’s board certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses are ready to assist you and your family at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox and the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center located at 143rd St. and Bell Rd in Homer Glen. Both facilities are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.