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.”

 

Silver Crossings Craft & Vendor Fair Coming Soon

Posted on : 09-18-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Events

childercraft 077The Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons will hold the third annual Silver Crossings Vendor/Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 am. to 3 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  Free valet and shuttle bus service.  Admission is also free.  Strollers are welcome.

Over 40 artisans will be selling handmade craft items and homemade baked goods. Lunch will be available for purchase in the Silver Cross Hospital Seasons Dining Room. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each or six for $5.  Prizes include three $500 cash gifts and one Christmas Trees with $250 in scratch-off Illinois Lottery tickets.  The drawing will be held on Oct. 25. Winner need not be present.

Proceeds from the Vendor/Craft Fair benefit the Silver Cross Inpatient Dialysis Unit.  For more information, call Volunteer Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.

 

New Treatments for Breast Cancer

Posted on : 09-15-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Cancer, Events, Health Tips, News

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. On the contrary, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors currently in the United States. Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free program where a panel of physicians will discuss new breast cancer treatments and how more women can become survivors of the disease.

Free Program

Join University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross experts Dr. Anne McCall, radiation oncologist and Dr. Grace K. Suh, medical oncologist, along with Dr. Andre Edwards, radiologist on staff at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, for a discussion on how the occurrence of breast cancer has changed over time and a look at new diagnostics and treatment options used to treat women with breast cancer. Participants will win a gift bag and be entered into a drawing to receive a free mammography screening. The Cancer Support Center will also share information about local services for cancer patients and families. This free program will occur on Tuesday, October 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Pavilion A, New Lenox. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

“A majority of breast cancer cases can be cured when found and treated at an early stage, so regular mammogram screenings are very important,” said Dr. Andre Edwards, musculoskeletal radiology and board-certified radiology physician who is on staff at Silver Cross Hospital.

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too.

Risk Factors & Prevention

Risk factors for breast cancer include older age, specific inherited genetic alterations, hormone therapy, having radiation therapy to the chest, consuming alcohol, and being overweight. It may be possible to decrease the risk of breast cancer by getting exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.

New Coordinated Approach to Treating Breast Cancer

Patients can now get recommendations from a group of breast cancer experts on the next steps to take with a convenient, one-stop experience through a new Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference that is available at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital.

“We know women are extremely busy taking care of everyone else in their lives, so we wanted to make it easy for them to get all the necessary information and medical opinions to make an informed decision as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Suh. “The sooner we can start treatment, the better chance we have to eradicate the disease.”

The multi-disciplinary team meets in the Cancer Center for a Breast Conference every Tuesday morning. At the Conference, physician specialists representing general surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, plastic surgery and pathology review the patients’ clinical information, radiological images and pathology slides with state-of-the-art equipment to develop a consensus recommendation. The team documents the recommendations and a certified breast nurse navigator provides the recommendation to the patient’s doctor within 24 hours.

“Having all of the specialists in one room, at one time, improves communication and allows for sharing information with each other. The physicians benefit by being able to talk about the treatment plan together, and the patient benefits from timely recommendations by a team of experts,” said Dr. McCall.

Patients now benefit from a wide array of breast cancer tests and treatments on the Silver Cross campus including digital mammography, breast MRI, ultrasound and biopsies, and the latest chemotherapy and radiation therapies including clinical trials. Prone breast radiation is available, where radiation is administered on a specially-designed table to help the woman lie more comfortably in the prone position, on her stomach, which may prevent radiation to the underlying heart and lung. Certain women may also be able to receive their radiation in only three weeks. In addition, new plastic surgery techniques such as flap microsurgical breast reconstruction are now available at Silver Cross Hospital.

Patients who could benefit from the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference should contact their primary care physician.

Using your own Stem Cells to treat Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Posted on : 09-08-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Events, News

Depositphotos_1429163_S3According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 27 million people in America have osteoarthritis. As we age, our joints often develop osteoarthritis—a destruction of the cartilage or protective tissue of the joint. Dr. Robert Daley, orthopedic surgeon who is on staff at Silver Cross Hospital, is among a select group of physicians around the country to offer stem cell treatment to relieve knee osteoarthritis pain and chronic tendonitis. Silver Cross Hospital in conjunction with Hinsdale Orthopaedics Group is offering a lecture that will educate area residents on how they can find relief with this new innovative treatment.  This free program—Using Your Own Stem Cells to Treat Osteoarthritis of the Knee, will be heldTuesday, September 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Learn about this unique, nonsurgical procedure, which uses your own stem cells to promote healing. Register to attend this program online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Do you suffer from Osteoarthritis Pain?

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that affects the knee. Osteoarthritis is a process where the cartilage in the joint gradually wears away. Ostearthritis may be caused by excess stress on the joint such as repeated injury or being overweight.

Osteoarthritis symptoms usually develop gradually. Common symptoms include:

  • Sore joints – in the hips, knees, and lower back — after inactivity or overuse
  • Stiffness after resting that disappears after movement
  • Pain that is worse after activity or at the end of the day.

Traditionally, treating osteoarthritis consisted of a series of steps – weight loss, pain medications, anti-inflammatory medications, injections and if necessary surgery. However a new innovative treatment exists using a patient’s own stem cells to regenerate the lost cartilage and strengthen the supporting structure of the joint.

“Through this minimally invasive technology, pain can be reduced in a patient who suffers from mild to moderate arthritis of the knee when trying to avoid a total knee replacement,” said Dr. Robert Daley, orthopedic surgeon on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “During the outpatient procedure, stem cells are removed from the patient’s hip area and implanted into the knee. Then the cells regenerate tissue that resembles natural cartilage that replaces worn out areas in joints.”

“There are many benefits of Stem Cell Therapy. Through this new technology, many patients are able to find relief from stiffness and pain caused by osteoarthritis without undergoing surgery or a long recovery,” said Dr. Daley.  “In addition, they can have reduced knee pain and their quality of life may be improved.”

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. In addition, beginning Aug. 5, all other items in the Encore Shop will be half-price.

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.

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.

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.

Latest in Lung Cancer

Posted on : 06-11-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Cancer, Events, Health Tips, News

Every three minutes, someone is diagnosed with lung cancer. But today, the outlook for a person with lung cancer is better than ever, thanks to new medicines and technology, less invasive surgery, and better insights into the disease. 

 

Daniel Goldn, M.D., radiation oncologist

 

On Tuesday, June 24, individuals will have an opportunity to learn about the latest in lung cancer diagnosis and treatments at a special program led by Daniel Golden, M.D., radiation oncologist with The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital.  The free event will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Pavilion A, New Lenox.  Register to attend at www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). 

Dr. Golden will discuss current controversies in screening for lung cancer, how new drugs are targeting specific mutations in lung cancer, and how innovations in planning and delivering radiation therapy have made treatment safer and more effective for lung cancer patients. “For example, special, four-dimensional treatment planning scans allow us to create a very detailed “map” of the tumor to deliver precise radiation treatment,” said Dr. Golden.   “In addition, technology called image-guided radiotherapy actually gives us a “real time” picture of a tumor’s location during treatment, so that they we can adapt treatment day-to-day.” 

Typically, radiation for lung cancer is given daily for two to seven weeks. Yet one of the newest radiation treatments, called stereotactic body radiotherapy, shortens treatment time substantially. This type of radiation delivers high, targeted doses of radiation five to 10 times the dose delivered in traditional radiation therapy so that patients require fewer treatments. Unlike daily doses of traditional radiation that are spread out over several weeks, stereotactic body radiotherapy requires only three to five treatment sessions. 

“This technique may be especially helpful for treating patients with lung cancer that are not candidates for surgery. Research suggests it is just as effective at controlling lung tumors as surgery,” says Dr. Golden. 

In addition to treating lung cancer with radiation therapy, on June 24 Dr. Golden will also address the latest surgical techniques, chemotherapy, clinical trials, and targeted treatments for lung cancer. 

A Team Approach to Lung Cancer 

Most patients with lung cancer need more than one type of therapy as part of their treatment plan. That’s why Silver Cross now offers a multidisciplinary lung cancer conference every Tuesday in the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center on the New Lenox campus.  Typically, patients who suspect they have or are already diagnosed with lung cancer meet with several different specialists before starting treatment.  This can sometimes take several weeks or even months.  Instead, patients can come to one location and have a team of experts review their medical information and develop a plan of care all on the same day. 

Here’s how it works.  On the day of the Conference, patients meet briefly with one of the specialists who gathers the medical information to share with the other experts.  That afternoon, the multidisciplinary group of community and University of Chicago Medicine specialists representing medical oncology, pulmonology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, and thoracic surgery convene to review the patient’s case including any related pathology and imaging reports available to them.  The physicians then develop a consensus recommendation, discuss next steps, and present the suggested individualized treatment plan to the patient for their consideration.  

In addition, patients are partnered with a nurse navigator who guides them through the entire process.  If any additional tests are recommended, the patient will have the opportunity to return the following week to discuss results and finalize the treatment plan.  The group’s recommendations will also be shared with the patient’s primary physician in order to enhance coordination of care. To learn more about this free Lung Cancer Conference, call (815) 300-LUNG.

Navigating through Pre-Menopause

Posted on : 06-06-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Health Tips, News

Are you having difficulty sleeping due to night sweats or insomnia? Has your lack of sleep affected your moods, health and ability to function? If so, you may be like millions of females across the country that are experiencing pre-menopausal symptoms. To help understand the causes and treatments of pre-menopause, Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free program in June.

Girl Talk: The Pre-Menopausal Woman

Join Dr. Priya Shastri, family practice physician, for a discussion on hyperactive bladder, mood changes and menstrual irregularities. Find out what symptoms to look for and discover new self-care tips to help you live healthy. This free program will be held Wednesday, June 18, 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 click here to register

Menopause is the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle and fertility. It happens when the ovaries no longer make estrogen and progesterone, two hormones needed for a woman’s fertility, and periods have stopped for 1 year. Menopause happens naturally with age, it tends to happen on average at the age of 51. But for some women it can happen before age 40. This is called premature menopause. The age when women enter menopause is thought to be mostly determined by their genes. But it can also happen as a result of surgery or treatment of a disease. In these cases it is called induced menopause.

What is Pre-menopause?

Pre-menopause is the time before the actual menopause, when cycles may change and symptoms first start to appear. Pre-menopause can last only a few months or up to several years, and is different for every woman. Some women go through early menopause with no symptoms except changes in their monthly cycles, while others experience hot flashes, mood swings, erratic bleeding, and other discomforts.

“For women who maybe suffering from pre-menopausal symptoms such as a hyperactive bladder, mood changes and menstrual irregularities it is important to seek treatment in order to get relief,” said Dr. Priya Shastri, family practice physician, at Silver Cross Hospital. “During this program, you will learn a lot of beneficial information and tools when it comes to understanding and treating pre-menopause.”