Free yourself from Back, Hip & Knee Pain

Posted on : 08-24-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Aches & Pains, Bone Health, Events, Health Tips, orthopedics, Rehabilitation, screening

o-OLDER-WOMAN-IN-EXERCISE-CLOTHESMillions 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 free Aches & Pains lecture series to assist you in determining when to seek help and how to eliminate soreness in various areas of the body.

All participants will receive a GIFT BAG which includes a gift certificate complementary back, joint or pain 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).

Register to attend one or more talks at or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Low Back Pain
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6:30-7:30 pm.
Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, New Lenox
Dr. Chintan Sampat, orthopedic surgeon with Parkview Musculoskeletal Institute, will uncover the causes of this common complaint and discuss advanced treatment options to help your low back feel better.

Chronic Pain Management
Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Spencer School Campus
1711 S. Spencer RD., New Lenox
Karen Grube, physical therapist with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross Hospital, will talk about the latest non-surgical treatment options to help manage chronic

Hip Pain
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, New Lenox
From arthritis to bursitis to tendonitis, Dr. Andrew Ehmke, orthopaedic surgeon with Oak Orthopaedics, will discuss the common causes of nagging hip pain. He’ll also cover the latest non-surgical and surgical treatment options, including medicines, exercise and minimally invasive anterior hip replacement.

Knee Pain
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, New Lenox
Dr. Robert Daley, orthopaedic surgeon with Hinsdale Orthopaedic Associates, will discuss the latest minimally invasive knee replacement surgical techniques allowing for a precise fit of the custom implant, increased bone preservation, added stability, and reduced pain.

Banishing Back Pain without Surgery
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, New Lenox
Dr. Andrew Hendrix, medical director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross, will explain the common causes of low back pain and provide options on how to live better without surgery.

Celebrating the Benefits of Breastfeeding

Posted on : 08-06-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Celebration of Health, Events, News, Pregnancy
Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Katy Lebbing, Margaret Dombrowski, and Cathleen Vasquez, along with new mom Marilyn Gotlund and her baby daughter, and expecting mom Emily Johnson.

Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Katy Lebbing, Margaret Dombrowski, and Cathleen Vasquez, along with new mom Marilyn Gotlund and her baby daughter, and expecting mom Emily Johnson.

In honor of National Breastfeeding Month and World Breastfeeding Week, Silver Cross Hospital Lactation Consultants and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) raised awareness for breastfeeding during the annual World Breastfeeding Week Celebration. An informative display table, refreshments, and prizes were available on Aug. 5 in the Birthing Center Lobby at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. Silver Cross Hospital’s International Board Certified Lactation Consultants answered questions and provided information to hospital visitors and staff members who visited the display.

The 2015 World Breastfeeding Week theme is “Breastfeeding and Work, Let’s Make It Work.” This year’s theme calls for concerted global action to support women to combine breastfeeding and work. Whether a woman is working in the formal, non-formal, or home setting, it is necessary that she is empowered in claiming her and her baby’s right to breastfeed. At the workplace level, we have seen more actions taken to set up breastfeeding or mother-friendly workplaces including awards for breastfeeding-friendly employers, as well as greater mass awareness on working women’s rights to breastfeed.

Because breastfeeding improves short and long term maternal and child health, the United States has worked to increase the breastfeeding rates over the years, and keeps a Breastfeeding Report Card. In 2007 in the United States 73.8% of mothers initiated breastfeeding, in 2010 it was 75%, and in 2014 it was 79.2%. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiation rate goal for Healthy People 2020 is 81.9%. “We hope our efforts at Silver Cross to promote and support breastfeeding will help more moms breastfeed their children,” said Katy Lebbing, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for Silver Cross Hospital.

Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Katy Lebbing with Tiarra Mitchell, who gave birth to her daughter during World Breastfeeding Week at Silver Cross Hospital.

Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Katy Lebbing with Tiarra Mitchell, who gave birth to her daughter during World Breastfeeding Week at Silver Cross Hospital.

Research shows that the best feeding option globally is the initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of life, and exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. Continued breastfeeding with solid foods added is optimal through the second year and beyond. Even though exclusive breastfeeding for the first six month is optimal – in the U.S. in 2014 only 18.8% of women were able to achieve that goal. Increasing maternity leaves, and increased support for working mothers, will help mothers breastfeed longer.

Silver Cross Hospital offers Breastfeeding Classes for pregnant women and their support persons to learn about breastfeeding. After hospital discharge an Outpatient Lactation Clinic is available to continue to help mothers and their babies. The Hospital has monthly Breastfeeding Support Groups.

Wanted: Craft Fair Vendors

Posted on : 06-25-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Events

laura2014 003The Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons is seeking high-quality artisans for the Silver Crossings Vendor/Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.

Interested in Selling Your Creative Unique Goods?
To be considered as an exhibitor, vendors should call (815) 729-1264 or email for an application. Vendors’ booth space is approximately 8 feet for a $75 fee, and booth locations will be assigned by the Silver Crossings Vendor/Craft Committee. Flatbed carts will be available to assist vendors with unloading goods. Exhibitors are required to stay the full hours of the fair and set-up is Friday, Oct. 16 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.  The Silver Crossings Vendor/Craft Fair will be promoted via newspapers, hospital website, social media, and direct mail postcards to past attendees.

Admission is free to the public. Proceeds from the Silver Crossings Vendor/Craft Fair will benefit the inpatient dialysis program at Silver Cross Hospital.  For more information, call Volunteer Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.



New to Medicare?

Posted on : 06-24-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Health Tips

Carol Banas-Hicks.JPEGSubmitted by Carol Banas-Hicks
Silver Cross Senior Advantage Program Coordinator

If you’re over 65 or that big birthday is just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about which Medicare coverage option is right for you. If you’re new to Medicare, it’s important to understand how Medicare works. If you already have a Medicare plan, It’s always a good idea to check in each year to make sure you’re on the right plan as your needs change. That’s why Silver Cross is hosting four free Medicare educational meetings, and you’re invited.

Medicare Made Clear

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015

10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Pavilion A Conference Center
1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox
Complimentary Valet Parking is available.

At this event you’ll learn how Medicare works in clear, easy-to-understand language. We’ll guide you through the steps of your initial enrollment with Medicare, whether you plan to use your Medicare benefits when you turn 65 or keep using the insurance provided by your employer. There will be plenty of time for questions, too. Get clarification on Medicare Part B (outpatient coverage). Ask about Part D (drug coverage) penalties for delayed enrollment. Learn the difference between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement insurance plans. In the end, you should feel confident about understanding your coverage options.

We’ll also let you know how simple it can be to receive your care from Silver Cross Hospital. We accept a variety of Medicare insurance plans including Medicare Advantage. When you select one of these plans, you’ll have access to the skilled, compassionate care at Silver Cross Hospital while enjoying predictable medical costs.

As a Silver Cross Hospital patient, you will receive:

  • Convenient access to over 250 medical offices
  • Coordinated care provided by a primary care doctor working together with you and specialists to keep you as healthy as possible
  • Clinical excellence delivered with understanding and compassion

To register for any of the meetings, click here or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). Please feel free to bring a guest. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Cancer Clinical Trials 101

Posted on : 05-29-2015 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Cancer, colon cancer, Events, News

IMG_2155 Submitted by Kristin Kipping-Johnson, Research Assistant with University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital

According to the most recent American Cancer Society statistics, the lifetime risk of a woman (living in the United States) developing cancer is approximately 1 in 3. While the numbers can be intimidating – advances in cancer detection, prevention, and treatment are being made every day. The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross is proud to participate in the process that allows these advances to reach this community. Our patients can often be treated with cutting-edge cancer treatments near their hometown.

Clinical research studies (synonymous with trial and protocol) allow us to prove that an idea is true in a controlled environment. In most cases the idea is a new drug or treatment but can also include any of the following:

  • New imaging equipment that can detect abnormalities earlier
  • New laboratory technology that can detect cancer cells in the blood
  • More effective chemotherapy regimens (combing two or more already approved drugs for better cancer control)
  • Comparing already approved regimens (to determine if one is superior or has less side effects)
  • New formulations of currently approved drugs (comparing the efficacy of an oral version to an infused version)
  • Collecting quality of life data (to help understand the financial, social, mental and physical burdens cancer patients face)

Cancer Center2The process of proving an idea valid is rigorous and long. The average length of time, from drug development to FDA approval, is 14.8 years. One of the reasons this process can be so long and burdensome are the safety and quality measures each institution must commit to when a patient participates. The research staff and physician are under careful scrutiny by the sponsor and national regulatory authorities. University of Chicago Medicine is committed to this process and expanding access to the Silver Cross community.

Are you interested in learning more about the clinical trial process? How you can participate? Have questions regarding a trial that might benefit you or a loved one? Attend our upcoming lecture on Breast Cancer Clinical Trials on Thursday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center. Dr. Brooke Phillips, medical oncologist, and I will be discussing the process in a little more detail and highlighting some of the exciting research efforts that are currently ongoing. You can register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Area Resident Gets Relief from Hip Pain from Innovative Procedure

Posted on : 05-08-2015 | By : bhernandez | In : Aches & Pains, Bone Health, Events, News, Success Stories


Antkiowak-webAfter three years of enduring shooting pain from his hip down the outside of his leg to his ankle, Jim Langs reached his limit of trying to relieve his pain with numerous medications. “As my medication wore off, the pain became so bad that I would drag my leg as if it were “dead” in order to cope with the pain,” said the Manhattan resident. “I was so fortunate to meet Dr. Antkowiak, who got rid of my pain by performing an innovative and minimally invasive anterior hip replacement.” Dr. Tom Antkowiak performed the cutting-edge anterior hip replacement procedure on Jim’s hip at Silver Cross Hospital enabling him to have a quicker and less painful recovery.

The anterior approach is an alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery. During anterior hip replacement surgery, the hip joint is accessed through a smaller incision by entering through the front of the body and working between the hip. The surgeon works between the tissues without detaching them or cutting them. This leads to less tissue trauma, less pain and often a faster recovery.

The anterior surgical approach is becoming more popular as it is less invasive, hospital stays are shorter, and patients are able to return to their work or chosen activity faster with less pain.

“As a result of this less invasive technique, post-surgical mobility is greatly improved because the muscle tissues are spared during the surgical procedure,” said Dr. Tom Antkowiak, orthopedic surgeon on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “Jim for example was slowly walking the day of his surgery and climbing stairs a few days later.  I am grateful to Silver Cross for providing the state-of-the-art equipment that is necessary for me to offer this innovative procedure to Jim and all my patients.

Advice to Others

“My advice to anyone with hip pain is simple – don’t waste another minute suffering – get help,” said Langs. “Not only am I thankful to have such an accomplished, down-to-earth, surgeon as Dr. Antkowiak perform my surgery, I am so happy to have received such an advanced procedure at Silver Cross, which is close to my home.  In addition, the nurses and therapists at Silver Cross gave me endless encouragement. They showed me alternative ways to move, while also cautioning me not to overdo things or push too hard until I was more fully healed.”

Symptoms of Hip Pain

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

Free Lecture

Join Dr. Tom Antkowiak and Dr. Rajeev Puri, orthopedic surgeons, to learn the latest treatment plans for hip pain and degenerative hip conditions including hip arthroscopy and total anterior hip replacement on Thursday, May 21.  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).


Pamper Your Feet at our FREE Foot Fair

Posted on : 04-10-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Aches & Pains, Bone Health, Events, Rehabilitation, screening

Foot Fair

In preparation for sandal season, Silver Cross Hospital is hosting a free Foot Fair on Friday, May 1.  The event will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center in Pavilion A at 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Complimentary valet parking is available at the Pavilion Entrance.  The toe-tingling experience will include foot screenings, presentations, exhibits, massages, raffle prizes and refreshments. For more information, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Complimentary 10-minute consultations with podiatrists on staff at Silver Cross Hospital or a physical therapist with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago will be offered from 3 to 7 p.m. Advanced registration is required for the screenings only by scheduling an appointment at online or 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

In addition, area podiatrists will discuss a variety of foot-related topics throughout the event. The lectures are free and registration is not required to attend the following presentations:

Attendees will also have an opportunity to receive a gait analysis and foot massage; purchase foot scrubs, lotions and high quality shoes; and peruse the many exhibitors including: Miroballi Shoes, New Balance Athletic Footwear, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross, Silver Cross Wound Healing & Treatment and Diabetes Centers. Participants can also enter into a raffle for unique gifts and enjoy “Pedi” Fours & punch.

“In most cases, foot conditions do not require surgery or invasive procedures to stop pain and reverse damage,” says Dr. Paul Kirchner, DPM, podiatrist with Lincolnway Medical Associates. “Conservative treatments including medications or special splints are usually all that is required. However, every person’s body responds to treatment differently that is why it is important to have your feet examined by a health care provider like those that will be at the Silver Cross Foot Fair.”

Help for Heartburn

Posted on : 03-27-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Cancer, Digestive Diseases, Events, News

145For women with sensitive digestive systems eating spicy tacos or greasy pepperoni pizza, can be a sure way to flare up a nasty case of heartburn. Millions of Americans experience heartburn symptoms at least once a week. There are many causes that can activate heartburn including medications, specific foods, obesity, and even stress. Being aware of what ignites your heartburn will help you to create a plan to avoid the uncomfortable condition. Silver Cross Hospital is offering a lecture on why it’s important to find relief from heartburn to prevent the acid reflux from escalating.

Dr. Kamran Ayub, Medical Director of the Advanced Endoscopy Center at Silver Cross Hospital, will present a free program on Burning Your Heartburn & Preventing Esophageal Cancer, on Tuesday, April 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. This program is for people who suffer from chronic or severe heartburn. Dr. Ayub will discuss the latest endoscopic treatments to eliminate chronic heartburn and prevent Barrett’s Esophagus, which can lead to cancer. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Heartburn Can Lead to Esophageal Cancer

Heartburn is a painful, burning sensation in the chest after a heavy meal or while bending over, lying on your back or lifting. It occurs when the sphincter doesn’t close completely. Acid from the stomach comes back up into the esophagus, causing the burning sensation. Other symptoms may include chronic cough or sore throat, persistent hiccups, feeling of having a lump in the throat, and trouble swallowing. Pregnant women often experience heartburn as the growing fetus increases intra-abdominal pressure.

Heartburn that won’t go away needs medical attention because it may be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), pill or medication induced esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus, cancer of the esophagus, ulcers, or other gastrointestinal problems. Chest pain, for instance, can be a symptom of GERD, esophageal spasm, angina and heart attack. Pain from any of these can happen following a large meal.

“So, if you suffer severe or chronic heartburn or chest pain, it’s vital you find out if your problem is digestive or cardiac,” says Dr. Ayub.

For a person with Barrett’s esophagus, which is a change in the lining of the tube (esophagus) that carries food and liquids in the mouth to the stomach, Dr. Ayub says the risk of developing esophageal cancer is similar to the risk of developing colon cancer for patients who have a colon polyp. “It usually starts with GERD, which can cause Barrett’ esophagus and lead to esophageal cancer,” says Dr. Ayub. “That’s why it’s important to seek medical treatment for symptoms of GERD, the most common being heartburn.”

About 3.3 million Americans age 50 and older have Barrett’s. With advanced technology, Barrett’s can be successfully treated at Silver Cross Hospital.

Low Back Pain Slowing You Down?

Woman With Back PainAre you unable to enjoy life fully due ongoing back pain? If so, you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH), millions of Americans suffer from chronic back pain that persists for more than a few months. Back pain symptoms can range from a muscle ache to a stabbing pain, limited flexibility and range of motion, or an inability to stand straight. If you are experiencing these symptoms of back pain, learn the causes and treatments at a free program hosted by Silver Cross Hospital.

Join Dr. Thomas Hurley, neurosurgeon, with the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute, for a discussion on the causes of low back pain and discuss conservative treatment options to help you feel better Tuesday, March 31. The free Aches & Pains: Low Back Painprogram will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. This talk is part of an Aches & Pains Lecture Series and all participants will receive a gift bag that includes a complimentary carpal tunnel or low back screening performed by a physician with Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital, and other items to help you stay active. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

“Most low back pain can be treated without surgery,” said Dr. Thomas Hurley, neurosurgeon, who is on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “The best way to develop a treatment plan is to diagnose the severity of the back pain. With so many innovative treatments available today, patients can learn the best options with a physician visit. So to avoid the pain from getting worse, patients need to seek medical attention.”

Dr. Tom Hurley, neurosurgeon

Dr. Tom Hurley, neurosurgeon

Treating Back Pain

Treatment of back pain can involve using over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce discomfort and anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation.

“The goal of treating back pain is to return proper mobility and strength to the back, and prevent future injuries,” said Dr. Hurley.

Medications are often used to treat acute and chronic low back pain. Effective pain relief may involve a combination of prescription drugs and over-the-counter remedies. Bed rest is only recommended for 1 to 2 days. Individuals should resume activities as soon as possible. Exercise may be the most effective way to speed recovery from low back pain and help

Silver Cross Hospital, Walgreens & Joliet Noon Lions Club offer Free Diabetes Screenings

Posted on : 03-10-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Diabetes, Events, screening

DiabetesAlertDay2014 001croppedIn recognition of the American Diabetes Association’s American Diabetes Alert, the Silver Cross Diabetes Center, Joliet Noon Lions Club, and Walgreens, will offer free screenings to detect diabetes on Tuesday, March 24. Participants will be offered a Diabetes Risk Test and non-fasting Blood Glucose Test from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. outside Silver Cross Hospital’s Season’s Dining Room, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.   For more information, call (815) 300-5990. Advanced registration is not required.

Alert Day is an annual nationwide campaign to raise awareness that diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States, and more than a quarter of them—eight million—do not even know they have it. An additional 86 million have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes 7 to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of these complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.

“Everyone should be aware of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Jose Penaherrera, medical director of the Silver Cross Diabetes Center.  “People who are overweight, live a sedentary lifestyle, and over the age of 45 should consider themselves at risk for the disease. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and people who have a family history of the disease also are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by losing just 7 percent of body weight such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200, by exercising 30 minutes a day, five days a week and eating healthy. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.”

“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 programs.  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.

The Joliet Noon Lions Club is affiliated with Lions Club International, which is a network of 1.3 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world.  Known for working to end preventable blindness, Lions participate in a vast variety of projects that are important to their communities such as collecting used hearing aids and eyeglasses for underprivileged people around the world.  For more information about the Joliet Noon Lions Club, stop by Silver Cross Hospital during the free Diabetes Screening or visit