“Girl Parts” Sagging? We can Fix That!

Posted on : 01-28-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Health Tips, News, Pelvic Floor Disorders, Rehabilitation

Pelvic-organ-prolapseIt is estimated that nearly 50% of all women between the ages of 50 and 79 have some form of pelvic organ prolapse - a medical condition that occurs when the normal support of the vagina is lost, resulting in “sagging” or dropping of the bladder, urethra, cervix and rectum. As the prolapse of the vagina and uterus progresses, women can feel bulging tissue protruding through the opening of the vagina.

“Prolapse is not life threatening but it can be uncomfortable and sometimes makes it hard for women to empty their bladders normally or even exercise,” said urogynecologist, Dr. Nahla Merhi, who is Co-Director of the Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology at Silver Cross Hospital.

Some women are born with weaker tissues and are therefore at risk to develop prolapse.  Others encounter a loss of pelvic support when a part of their pelvic floor is injured during vaginal delivery, surgery, pelvic radiation or back and pelvic fractures during falls or motor vehicle accidents. Also, hysterectomy and other procedures done to treat pelvic organ prolapse are associated with future development of prolapse. Other conditions that promote prolapse include: obesity, constipation and chronic straining, smoking, chronic coughing and heavy lifting.

There are many treatment options available. For most women, the treatment they choose depends on how much they are bothered by their symptoms. Many conservative treatment options are available including pelvic floor rehabilitation. Finally, some women are bothered by their pelvic organ prolapse enough to consider surgery.

“Only you and your doctor can determine what treatment option is best for you. But if surgery is your best option, women should consider da Vinci robotic surgery,” said Dr. Merhi. “da Vinci surgery offers women many potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including: less blood loss, shorter hospital stay, and low rate of complications,” said Dr. Merhi. “The benefits are remarkable!”

How does Robotic Surgery Work?

nahla-merhi-ready-for-surgeryControlled by a surgeon from a console, the innovative da Vinci robot is used to make 8mm (`1/3 inch) to 12 mm (~ 1/2 inch) incisions and then long, delicate instruments are inserted into the patient that enable specially trained physicians to perform the surgery.

Interestingly, misconceptions still exist that the robot is actually performing the surgery all by itself. “The important aspect to understand is that the da Vinci robotic system cannot be programmed nor can it make decisions by itself,” said Dr. Nahla Merhi. “The da Vinci System can only operate with direct input from the surgeon.”

The enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control of the da Vinci robot allows physicians to perform an excellent surgery even for women with complex cases.

Free Lecture: Girl Talk:  Pelvic Disorders

Join Dr. Nahla Merhi and physical therapists with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross on Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to learn why vaginal prolapse and incontinence is more common than you might think. At this special Girl Talk:  Pelvic Disorders, attendees will hear expert advice about pelvic floor disorder signs, symptoms, and treatment options including robotic surgery with one tiny incision through the belly button. Get answers to the questions you have been wondering about but never asked. Register to attend this free Girl Talk:  Pelvic Disorders program at online or by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Heart Attacks Happen with No Warning Signs

Posted on : 01-28-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Heart Health, I Matter Benefits, Interview, News, screening, Success Stories, Video

DrDrinanMaryPatFalloon 006As 47 year-old Mary Pat Falloon was hiking with her girlfriends in the Arizona mountains, she noticed a heaviness sensation in her chest and down both her arms.

“I was living a healthy lifestyle – I exercised regularly and my weight, blood pressure and cholesterol were in normal ranges,” said the Orland Park reisdent. “However to be safe, I had a stress test with Dr. Kathleen Drinan, who determined that I had a blockage. Then I had an angiogram that found a 95% blockage in my right coronary artery. I was treated with a coronary stent, and for several years been blessed with no further cardiac incidents.”

“Mary Pat had no significant traditional cardiac risk factors. She didn’t smoke, led a very healthy lifestyle, and had no family history of heart disease,” said Dr. Kathleen Drinan, board certified cardiologist, who is on the Silver Cross Hospital Medical Staff.

However, Mary Pat’s history of breast cancer, which occurred over 20 years earlier, alerted Dr. Drinan to investigate further. “The fact that Mary Pat’s breast cancer was treated with radiation therapy put her at risk for a coronary artery blockage,” said Dr. Drinan.  “Mary Pat’s unusual occurrence is why patients and health care professionals must continue to educate themselves on the unique presentation of heart disease in women, so they can follow a different approach when evaluating women for the disease.”

Dr. Drinan notes that younger women who had gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, pregnancy associated hypertension, or chronic inflammatory disease need to be evaluated for their lifetime risk of heart disease. “For years, these prior illnesses were not recognized as risks for the development of heart disease, and so many women were not diagnosed or treated with appropriate treatments,” said Dr. Drinan.

Free Lecture – Girl Talk:  Women & Heart Disease

Join Dr. Kathleen Drinan, cardiologist, on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox, for a special Girl Talk:  Women and Heart Disease seminar.  At this free program, participants will learn the facts about heart disease and what women need to do to prevent heart attacks.  Register to attend this free program online or by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Free Smoothie for Getting Cardiac Risk Assessment

Keep your heart running smoothly with a Baseline Cardiac Risk Assessment. The $40 screening includes measurements of total cholesterol including HDL and LDL levels, blood glucose level, triglyceride level, blood pressure and body fat; 12-lead EKG, health and lifestyle evaluation, and a personal phone consultation with a registered cardiac nurse to review results and answer questions. A 12-hour fast is required.   Individuals who call (815) 300-7076 during the month of February to schedule an appointment at the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen or Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox will receive a heart-healthy smoothie in a keepsake cup from Café 1900 at Silver Cross Hospital, an I Matter card which can be used for valuable discounts at over 100 local businesses; and will be entered in a raffle to win a NutriBullet.  Cash, check or credit card will be accepted at time of appointment. Insurance will not be billed.

Benefits to Birthing with a Midwife

Posted on : 01-28-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Fertility, Health Tips, Interview, News, Pregnancy, Success Stories

There are many benefits to using a Midwife. They can help women have a more natural childbirth experience. Further, midwives collaborate with the couple to develop a plan that offers more personalized care, which includes taking the time to talk to the mother-to-be about her concerns and needs regarding where to deliver, treatment of medications and other nuances of the birthing process.

Midwife Sherry Burnam, RN, CNM, APN; with Lara Greiman and her 4-month old daughter, Faith, who Sherry delivered last fall

Midwife Sherry Burnam, RN, CNM, APN with Lara Greiman and her 4-month old daughter, Faith, who Sherry delivered last fall

“Both my husband, Jon and I are so grateful for the support our Midwife Sherry Burnam provided us during the entire pregnancy and birthing process of our second child at Silver Cross Hospital, Faith,” said 34-year old Lara Greiman, who resides in Mokena. “The day I went into labor, my obstetrician was out of town. Fortunately, Sherry stayed with us during the many hours of labor that followed. Her calm presence gave us the extra support to guide us through the labor. Also, her impressive medical expertise and experience gave us the peace of mind that our baby was in good hands – especially when she delivered our precious daughter.”

How Do I Choose a Midwife?

“When choosing a midwife, you need to make sure the midwife you choose is certified and licensed to practice in your state,” said Sherry Burnam, RN, CNM, APN, midwife with Partners in Obstetrics and Women’s Health. “Also you need to be sure your midwife understands what you want your birth experience to be like and ensure they are willing to support your decisions.”

In addition to providing support and care to women during labor and delivery, midwives provide many varieties of gynecologic care including: conducting gynecological exams, educating patients on preconception planning, offering prenatal care, giving help with breastfeeding and other newborn care issues, and assisting women who are going through menopause.

Girl Talk: Birthing with a Midwife

If you are thinking about or expecting a baby and wonder what it would be like to birth with a midwife, attend a free Girl Talk: Birthing with a Midwife on Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Join Sherry Burnam, RN, Certified Nurse Midwife, to discover how to experience a normal, physiologic birth in the safety of the hospital environment with as little intervention as necessary.   Register to attend this program by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or at click here

 

Childerguild Raises over $186,000 for Silver Cross at Ball

Posted on : 12-09-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Events, News, Video
Childerguild Members

Childerguild Members

Over 480 friends of Silver Cross Hospital attended the 86th Annual Childerguild Ball November 22 at the Odyssey Country Club and enjoyed wonderful food and dancing. The premier event of the holiday season raised over $186,000 which will be used to support women’s and children’s programs and services at Silver Cross Hospital.

The annual tradition of the Childerguild Ball began in 1928 as a fundraiser for the Obstetrics and Pediatrics departments at Silver Cross Hospital and keeps going strong thanks to the commitment of the members of Childerguild and to the many friends of the hospital who contribute to make this event a great success year after year. This year, Pam Prezek and Gael O’Brienco-chaired the Ball. Their committee included: Robin Hartney, Ellen Moran, Dianne White and Jeanne Quigley.

As a prelude to the dinner, the hospital awarded medals of excellence to two prominent community service and healthcare minded individuals.

ALEXANDER, FREDThis year’s Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence was awarded to infectious disease physician  Fred Alexander, M.D.   Dr. Alexander has diligently 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. 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.

BJGSilver Cross also honored Br. James Gaffney, FSC, with the Sangmeister Medal of Excellence for the many hours he has unselfishly given of his time to improve the quality of education for area residents. For the past 26 years, his vision has transformed the university into a world class educational institution.  Through his leadership, he has elevated Lewis University to be 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. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition, preparing students to become intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, socially responsible and globally connected.

The Silver Cross Foundation is accepting nominations through Dec. 31, 2014 for the 2015 Silver Cross Medals of Excellence.  For more information, call (815) 300-7105.

The 2015 Childerguild Ball will be held Saturday, November 21 and the location is to be determined.

VIDEO:  Fred Alexander, MD – Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence

VIDEO:  Br. James Gaffney – Silver Cross Sangmeister Medal of Excellence

PHOTOS

Slowing Down a Fast Beating Heart

Posted on : 11-19-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Health Tips, Heart Health, News
Michael Trovato, Jr. came back to visit with the some of folks who staff from Silver who cared for him 6during his heart ablation procedure to treat his Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib). From left to right are Brendan Casey, Manager of Cardiology, Endoscopy, and Interventional Radiology; Cindy Jansen, RT; Sunil Shroff, M.D., internal medicine and cardiovascular disease physician; patient Michael Trovato, Jr.; Peyton Webb, RN; and Bob Dominik, RT.

Michael Trovato, Jr. came back to visit with the some of folks who staff from Silver who cared for him 6during his heart ablation procedure to treat his Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib). From left to right are Brendan Casey, Manager of Cardiology, Endoscopy, and Interventional Radiology; Cindy Jansen, RT; Sunil Shroff, M.D., internal medicine and cardiovascular disease physician; patient Michael Trovato, Jr.; Peyton Webb, RN; and Bob Dominik, RT.

For 59 year-old Michael Trovato, Jr. his life began to dramatically change 13 months ago. His heart began racing, he couldn’t sleep, his energy level was low, and he suffered from severe shortness of breath. Life as he knew it began to stop. “As the months went by, I couldn’t even golf or bowl any more – two hobbies that I avidly have done for years,” said the Tinley Park resident . “My health declined so poorly that I was unable to work 6 months prior to having my heart ablation procedure at Silver Cross Hospital. But now, I’m thrilled to report that I am a new man thanks to the fantastic care I received from Dr. Shroff and the staff at Silver Cross. My heart rate has slowed down, I’m sleeping 6 to 7 hours a night and I’m enjoying an active lifestyle once again.”

Michael’s family practice physician referred him to cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. Sunil Shroff who immediately diagnosed Michael with Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib).

For the over 3 million people in the U.S. who live with A-Fib, every day life is a challenge.  And for Michael Trovato, Jr. everyday life became overwhelming.

“After trying various medications that didn’t offer me any relief, I knew I needed to do something to improve my health,Michael said. “I am so glad to have met such an experienced and knowledgeable doctor as Dr. Shroff who offered me a better solution by performing an ablation of my heart.”

What is Atrial Flutter/Atrial Fibrillation?

Electrical system problems of the heart may make the atria beat faster than normal. “If the atria beats quickly, but still evenly, it is called atrial flutter. If the atria beats very quickly and unevenly, it is called atrial fibrillation, which was what Michael suffered from for over a year,” says Dr. Sunil Shroff, cardiologist at Silver Cross Hospital who specializes in electrophysiology.

With atrial fibrillation, cells in the atria (upper chambers of the heart) send fast, irregular and uncoordinated electrical signals to the ventricles (lower chambers of the heart). These extra signals make the atria beat very quickly and unevenly. As a result, the atria may beat so fast and unevenly that it may quiver instead of contracting fully for each heartbeat.

“If the atria does not contract, it doesn’t move enough blood into the ventricles. This is what leads to symptoms such as dizziness and weakness,” said Dr. Shroff. “So blood that isn’t kept moving can pool and form clots in the atria. These clots can move into other parts of the body and cause serious problems, such as a stroke.”

Common symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation are palpitations (a fluttering, fast heartbeat), weakness or tiredness, shortness of breath, chest pain or tightness, dizziness or lightheadedness, or fainting spells.

What Causes this to Occur?

Hypertension (high blood pressure) and valvular heart disease- especially mitral stenois and mitral insufficiency- increase the risk of atrial fibrillation. Many people (up to 50% of patients) get A-Fib after open-heart surgery. Extreme emotional or physical stress such as severe infections, severe pain, and thyroid problems can trigger A-Fib as well. Some cases have been reported where caffeine (in coffee, tea, sodas) and chocolate (in large amounts) also trigger episodes of A-fib. Also, many times atrial fibrillation has no known precipitating cause.

Learn More

Come learn more about A-Fib and the latest treatment options available such as ablation of the heart at a free lecture hosted by Silver Cross Hospital and Dr. Shroff. Slowing Down A Fast Beating Heart will be held Wednesday, December 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd, New Lenox. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Helping a Smoker Quit: Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on : 11-10-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Cancer, Discounts, Events, Health Tips, screening

smokeoutThe American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout will take place on Nov. 20, 2014. The annual event encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

As a concerned family member or friend, there are several ways you can help someone you care about quit smoking. Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts:

DO

  • Respect that the quitter is in charge. This is their lifestyle change and their challenge, not yours.
  • Ask the person whether they want you to ask regularly how they’re doing. Ask how they’re feeling – not just whether they’ve stayed quit.
  • Let the person know that it’s OK to talk to you whenever they need to hear encouraging words.
  • Help the quitter get what they need, such as hard candy to suck on, straws to chew on, and fresh veggies cut up and kept in the refrigerator.
  • Spend time doing things with the quitter to keep their mind off smoking – go to the movies, take a walk to get past a craving (what many call a “nicotine fit”), or take a bike ride together.
  • Try to see it from the smoker’s point of view – a smoker’s habit may feel like an old friend that’s always been there when times were tough. It’s hard to give that up.
  • Make your home smoke free, meaning that no one can smoke in any part of the house.
  • Remove all lighters and ash trays from your home. Remove anything that reminds them of smoking
  • Wash clothes that smell like smoke. Clean carpets and drapes. Use air fresheners to help get rid of the tobacco smells – and don’t forget the car, too.
  • Help the quitter with a few chores, some child care, cooking – whatever will help lighten the stress of quitting.
  • Celebrate along the way. Quitting smoking is a BIG DEAL!

DON’T

  • Doubt the smoker’s ability to quit. Your faith in them reminds them they can do it.
  • Judge, nag, preach, tease, or scold. This may make the smoker feel worse about him or herself. You don’t want your loved one to turn to a cigarette to soothe hurt feelings.
  • Take the quitter’s grumpiness personally during their nicotine withdrawal. Tell them that you understand the symptoms are real and remind them that they won’t last forever. The symptoms usually get better in about 2 weeks.
  • Offer advice. Just ask how you can help with the plan or program they are using.

DISCOUNTED CT LUNG CANCER SCREENING

Homer 32-slice CT scannerYou should also encourage the smoker to have a low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends annual screening in adults age 55 and 80 who have a 30-pack year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. A 30-pack year is the equivalent to one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years. To help eliminate any financial barriers to getting screened, Silver Cross is offering CT Lung Cancer Screenings for just $100 through the end of the year at the Hospital and the Silver Cross Health Center in Homer Glen. You will need a doctor’s order. And, cash, check or credit card will be accepted at the time of your appointment. Insurance will not be billed. To take advantage of the special offer, request an appointment online or call (815) 300-7076. $100 could save your life!

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.

 

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.

 

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.

5 Ways You can Prevent Falling

Posted on : 09-23-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Rehabilitation, screening

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. And the consequences are great; seniors suffer from 360,000 to 480,000 fall-related fractures each year.

Here are five ways things you can do to stay independent and reduce your chances of falling.

  1. Exercise regularly. It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance. Tai Chi programs are especially good.
  2. Ask doctor or pharmacist to review medicines—both prescription and over-the counter—to identify medicines that may cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness.
  3. Have eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update eyeglasses to maximize vision. Consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for some activities such as walking outside.
  4. Make your home safer by reducing tripping hazards such as throw rugs, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding railings on both sides of stairways, and improving the lighting in your homes.
  5. Take part in a free fall and balance screening with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross. The screening includes blood pressure readings, balance assessment, referral for treatment if needed. To schedule an appointment, call (815) 300-7110.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 7 & Thursday, October 9:  Silver Cross Hospital-Pavilion A, New Lenox
  • Tuesdays, Oct. 14 & 21:  Silver Cross Health Center–Homer Glen
  • Monday, Oct. 27 & Wednesday, Oct. 29:  at Silver Cross Professional Building–West Joliet.

“Individuals who have been experiencing dizziness or vertigo, have had a history of falls, near falls, or simply a fear of falling are excellent candidates for a balance screening,” said Valerie Paluszak, Manager of Outpatient Rehabilitation for The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital. “It is so important to get screened because these falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death.”