Book your next Mammogram or DexaScan Online!

Posted on : 06-25-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Mammography, News, Osteoporosis, Rehabilitation

Gone are the days of  “requesting” an appointment online. Now you can actually book your appointment online for your Screening Mammogram or DexaScan (bone density test) at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health anytime, from anywhere.

It’s about time right?  Actually, Silver Cross is the first hospital in Illinois to offer the convenience of real-time online scheduling for several outpatient tests and therapies. We call it SCHedule NOW.

SCHedule NOW is a free tool that enables patients to easily search and book real-time appointments online.

Here’s how it works:

  • Schedule_NOW_OT_T copySimply go to www.silvercross.org
  • Click on the SCHedule NOW icon
  • Choose the outpatient service and preferred Silver Cross location
  • Then follow the prompts to schedule your appointment. It’s quick and easy.

Once you have booked your appointment online, you will receive reminders via email (and soon via text!), as well as a link to a map for directions. Appointments can be made 24/7 from any internet-connected device including smartphones and tablets.  And remember, you no longer need a physician’s order for a screening mammogram.

Woman-on-Cell-Phone_wo-bgIn addition to Mammograms and DexaScans, you can also schedule appointments for the following outpatient services at several Silver Cross facilities located in Homer Glen, New Lenox and on the west side of Joliet:

CT
EKG
Lab
MRI
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Ultrasound
and X-ray.

If you need more than one test scheduled, we ask that you call (815) 815-300-7076 to expedite your request.

Posted on : 06-25-2015 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Mammography

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Schedule your Outpatient Tests & Therapies Online

Posted on : 06-15-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Mammography, News, Rehabilitation, screening

Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox has launched SCHedule NOW, a free scheduling tool that enables patients to easily search and book real-time appointments online.

“We are the first hospital in Illinois to offer appointment scheduling for an array of outpatient services through our website,” said Mary Bakken Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Silver Cross Hospital. “We’ve made it more convenient for patients to schedule an appointment anytime from anywhere.  From mammograms and MRIs to lab tests and physical therapy with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross, patients can now book their appointments at the click of a mouse.”

Schedule_NOW_OT_T copyHere’s how it works: Patients simply go to www.silvercross.org, click on the SCHedule NOW icon, and choose the outpatient service and preferred Silver Cross location. Patients then follow the prompts to schedule their appointment. SCHedule NOW provides appointment reminders via email, as well as a link to a map for directions. Appointments can be made 24/7 from any internet-connected device including smartphones and tablets.

In the near future, patients who schedule online will receive appointment reminders via text and also have the ability to upload a photo or scan of the order from their physician to further expedite care. However, patients no longer need an order for a screening mammogram. Click here or call (815) 300-7076, to schedule an appointment for one of the following outpatient services:

  • CT
  • DexaScan
  • EKG
  • Lab
  • Mammography
  • MRI
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray.

I Matter Discounts: An English Garden

Posted on : 04-27-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, Discounts, Heart Health, I Matter Benefits, Mammography

corsageApril Showers bring May flowers and a trip to An English Garden where Silver Cross I Matter members save 5-10% off every purchase, every day. Located in downtown Mokena at 11210 Front Street, they specialize in weddings, parties and dances. In fact, they have several specials for Prom season:

  • Boutonnieres – Starting at $10.50
  • Corsages – starting at $27.50
  • Hand-tied Clutch bouquet – starting at $50
  • Rose Clutch Bouquet – starting at $55

All dance flowers include a trip to the customizing station to ad pearls, beads, baubles, glitter and more at no extra charge.

In addition to fresh flowers, at An English Garden, you can also find other gifts and gardening treasures such as:

  • Balloons
  • Candy & Cookie Bouquets
  • Garden Cement Statutes & Plaques
  • Planters
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Sympathy Keepsake Tapestries & Wind Chimed
  • Wooden Signs

For more information, call (708) 389-2155 or (708) 995-5523 or send an email to anenglishgarden.com. An English Garden is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to Noon.

Has you I Matter card expired?

IMatter Discount CardThat means it is time for your annual mammogram or heart screening. Request an appointment online or call (815) 300-7076. No doctor’s order needed for either test.

If you are not an I Matter member, join today and start reaping the benefits tomorrow. It matters to us (and the one you love) that you take care of yourself!

 

5 Reasons to get your annual Mammogram

Posted on : 04-27-2015 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Cancer, Discounts, Health Tips, Mammography, screening

77279363A mammogram is an important step in taking care of yourself. The American Cancer Society recommends women age 40 and over get a mammogram every year, along with a breast exam by a doctor or nurse. And all women, no matter their age, need to let their doctor know about any changes to their breasts.  Whether you’re a mammogram newbie or a veteran, the Silver Cross for Women’s Health in New Lenox,IL is making it even easier to get this important screening.

  1. No Order? No Problem! For your convenience, you no longer need an order from your primary care physician for your annual screening mammogram at Silver Cross.  However, if you have noticed a change in your breasts or have a history of lumps or cancer, you will need to contact your physician before scheduling your mammogram. Your doctor may request specific breast images.
  2. Discounts at Local Businesses. It matters to Silver Cross that you take care of yourself, therefore they reward women who get their annual mammogram with valuable discounts at over 100 local businesses through their free I Matter™ program. Not a member? Sign-up today for free.
  3. Just $100. That’s right. For women with high deductibles/co-pays or no insurance, Silver Cross offers this special discounted price for those who call during the month of May to schedule a screening mammogram appointment.  Cash, check or credit card will be accepted at the time of your screening. Insurance will not be billed.
  4. 3D Mammography.  At the Silver Cross Center for Women’s health, patients can have a three-dimensional image of the breast for earlier detection of small breast cancers that may be hidden during digital mammography.  This is especially helpful for individuals with dense breasts as it provides a greater accuracy in pinpointing size, shape and location of any abnormalities.
  5. Personal Attention.  From the moment you arrive (and valet park) at Silver Cross, you are treated with the utmost concern.  Silver Cross knows your time is valuable so their highly skilled staff will have you in and out quickly—usually within 30 minutes or less.  To put your mind at ease, results are just a phone call away through a special 24-hour hotline. And if you need additional testing, Silver Cross’ dedicated nurse navigator can help you coordinate the next steps in your care.  Because of this attention to detail, the Center for Women’s Health ranks in the Top 1% in the U.S. for patient satisfaction according to Press Ganey.

Don’t wait any longer. Schedule an appointment for your annual mammogram at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health by calling (815) 300-7076. Or you can request an appointment online.

Growing Cancer Services to Shrink More Tumors

Posted on : 01-22-2015 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Breast Reconstruction, Cancer, colon cancer, Mammography, News

 New ImageMore and more patients are choosing the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital prompting the need to expand radiation therapy services.

“Over the past year, we have seen a significant increase in the number of new patients requiring radiation therapy,” said Theresa Quinn, executive director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital.  “And, they are appreciative of the care they receive. In fact, according to Press Ganey, we rank in the Top 1% in the nation for patient satisfaction.”

“To even better accommodate our patients, we have just installed a second TrueBeam™ linear accelerator that uses image-guided radiation therapy to safely shrink cancer cells and hard-to-reach tumors,” said Dr. Anne McCall, radiation oncologist with the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital. “Both hi-tech machines allow for quick and accurate high-dose treatments.

Radiation TherapyThe TrueBeam system often is used to deliver intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), an advanced type of radiation treatment that conforms to the shape of the tumor. With IMRT, the radiation beam is broken up into many smaller beams that can be individually adjusted to deliver varying levels of radiation intensity. University of Chicago Medicine radiation oncologists were the first in the Chicago area to offer IMRT before bringing it to Silver Cross. Combining this advanced technique with years of experience, physicians at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital can maintain excellent cancer control rates while limiting the long-term side effects of radiation on healthy organs.

“When treating cancer, time is of the essence,” said Dr. Daniel Golden, radiation oncologist with the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital.  “So having two linear accelerators makes it easier for patients to begin treatment even sooner.”

“Many patients are starting radiation therapy just days after diagnosis—especially those participating in our Multidisciplinary Breast and Lung Cancer Conferences,” adds Dr. McCall.

DSC_3260Every Tuesday, a group of cancer specialists meets to review and discuss breast and lung cancer patients’ medical information.  They develop a recommended treatment plan which is shared with referring physicians for consideration.  This saves patients valuable time meeting individually with multiple specialists who can take several weeks or even months.  Instead, this multidisciplinary, collaborative approach allows patients to begin treatment within the shortest time possible.

To learn more about cancer services available close to home or to schedule an appointment with a University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center specialist at Silver Cross Hospital, call 1-855-UCM-1400 or click here.

 

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Specialist Spotlight: Breast Reconstruction

Posted on : 12-29-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Breast Reconstruction, Mammography
Matthew Endara, M.D., Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at Silver Cross Hospital

Matthew Endara, M.D., Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at Silver Cross Hospital

At just 32 years old, Dr. Matthew Endara is frequently called upon by his colleagues to help patients after a traumatic injury or illness. The young plastic and reconstructive surgeon is using his advanced training to bring the latest techniques for rebuilding limbs and muscles using the most cutting-edge techniques and technology to patients at Silver Cross Hospital.  His unique approach ensures that each patient has the best opportunity for a successful outcome—regardless of how small or complex the procedure.

“I’m not afraid to use advanced techniques if they work best for the patient,” said Dr. Endara.  “At the end of the day, it is really about what the patient needs to be healthy and happy.”

In the short time that Dr. Endara has been on the Silver Cross Medical Staff, he has worked closely with experts of every kind, from neurosurgeons to primary care physicians to orthopedic surgeons and oncologists.  Just last month, Dr. Endara was the first surgeon in Will and Grundy counties to use the most advanced form of breast reconstruction available today—the DIEP Flap, to reconstruct a patient’s breast following a mastectomy.  During this intricate surgery, Dr. Endara used the patient’s own abdominal skin and fat to reconstruct a natural, soft breast while minimizing the impact on the abdominal wall and muscles.

“Although implants are an excellent option many patients following mastectomy; when the breast is reconstructed entirely with a patient’s own tissue, the results are generally more natural and there are no concerns about problems with implants,” said Dr. Endara.  “By transferring abdominal tissue using the free flap technique and preserving most or all of the rectus abdominis muscle, patients experience less pain, enjoy a faster recovery, maintain their core strength long-term, and have a lower risk of any complications over the more traditional, ‘pedicled TRAM’ flap, which uses the entire rectus muscle.”

“Consideration of reconstructive surgery is an essential component of caring for a patient with breast cancer,” said Dr. Grace K. Suh, medical oncologist with the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross and Conference and Co-Chair of the hospital’s Multi-Disciplinary Breast Conference. “We discuss every patient who has been diagnosed and consider what is the best treatment recommendation for the individual.  We are fortunate to have Dr. Endara with his specialized expertise in complex reconstructive techniques.  I believe that this is a unique offering to our patients.”

In addition to his extensive experience with microvascular free tissue transfer for breast reconstruction, Dr. Endara is also uniquely well-trained in lower extremity reconstruction, peripheral nerve surgery, and cosmetic surgery.

Strong Roots in the Windy City, Volunteering Far from Home

Dr. Endara was born and raised on the Northwest side of Chicago.  After graduating from Northwestern University, he attended Feinberg School of Medicine where he earned his medical degree in 2008.  There he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, a professional organization that recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine.  He then moved to Washington D.C. to complete a surgery internship and plastic surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital.  Since then, he has published dozens of papers in peer reviewed medical journals and presented at numerous conferences.  His research into the roll that high blood sugar levels play in complications following surgical closures garnered national media attention through stories in the Wall Street Journal’s Marketplace, Yahoo News and several other online media outlets.  In 2012, Dr. Endara was awarded a grant from the Curtis National Hand Center for his research on the implications of the use of leg bones for reconstruction of complex bone and cartilage defects; the results of which have been accepted for publication in The Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery.

With a deep desire to use his skills to help those less fortunate, Dr. Endara spent a good part of the last 10 years participating in medical mission trips to South and Central America.  Last winter, he accompanied his father—a family practice physician, to Ecuador providing free health care and plastic surgery to 41 children in remote areas of the country.

“The importance of helping others has always been a strong part of my family values and an ideal that I have aspired to throughout my life.  I feel lucky that I have been blessed with the training and talents to help those less fortunate in ways that can be truly life-changing.”

Dr. Endara recently moved back to the southwest suburbs to be closer to his family—all healthcare workers.  Both his mother and sister are in the nursing field.

In August 2014, he joined the practice of Dr. Alan Chen in Joliet and couldn’t be happier.  “I am very lucky to have joined such a talented and well respected surgeon as Dr. Chen and plan to follow his example of excellence in patient care.  I hope to really make a difference here for many years to come.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Endara, call  (815) 729-9527.

 

 

I Matter: Give the Gift of Flowers

Posted on : 12-09-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, Discounts, Heart Health, I Matter Benefits, Mammography, screening

Flowers can be a brilliant way to decorate your home during the holidays. They bring a more natural feel to a room’s décor than some ornaments and decorations. You can also use flowers to add color to the table on Christmas Day and can play a huge part in your festive decorating.

Here are 10 Christmas flowers you should have in your home this year or send to someone special.

  1. imagesCAGSRXU2Roses
  2. Poinsettias
  3. Chrysanthemums
  4. Orchids
  5. Carnations
  6. Lilies
  7. Anemone
  8. Lisianthus
  9. Calla Lily
  10. Hyacinths

Now you can save 5-10% off every bouquet or arrangement with the following florists when you present your I Matter card—not only at Christmastime, but all year long. Consider it our gift to you for taking care of yourself by getting your annual mammogram and/or heart screening.

If you don’t have an I Matter card, you can sign-up for this free rewards program today. Next time you come to Silver Cross Hospital for your health screening, you will receive your card. It is that easy.

Request an appointment for a screening online or call (815) 300-7076. A physician’s order is required for a mammogram.

Don’t Blow-Off Your Annual Mammogram!

Posted on : 11-03-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Cancer, Interview, Mammography, News
Barbara Shoemaker, senior occupational therapist and certified lymphedema therapist from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital;  Anne McCall, M.D., radiation oncologist from the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital; breast cancer patient and Frankfort resident Theresa Orowick;  Brooke Phillips, M.D., medical oncologist/hematologist from the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, and Kelly Rippon, R.N., oncology nurse.

Barbara Shoemaker, senior occupational therapist and certified lymphedema therapist from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital; Anne McCall, M.D., radiation oncologist from the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital; breast cancer patient and Frankfort resident Theresa Orowick; Brooke Phillips, M.D., medical oncologist/hematologist from the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, and Kelly Rippon, R.N., oncology nurse.

Since Theresa Orowick was 34-years-old, she was getting annual mammograms due to a history of trauma to her left breast. As time went by, she developed a false sense of security that she was fine and stopped getting mammograms. Then at age 46, she found a lump in her left breast that was diagnosed in an advanced stage of breast cancer.

“Once it was confirmed that I had breast cancer, I was so upset with myself for not continuing to get my annual mammograms,” said the Frankfort resident. “All I kept thinking was if I would have stayed vigilant and not blown-off getting my annual mammogram that maybe my breast cancer wouldn’t be in such an advanced stage.”

Fortunately, Orowick is now 13 months cancer-free, but her advice to other women is simple. “Take care of yourself and get your annual mammogram because early detection can save your life as well as help you avoid more extensive treatments if diagnosed,” states Orowick.

Once diagnosed, Orowick’s physician referred her to Dr. Brooke Phillips, medical oncologist at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross.

“Theresa’s care plan consisted of chemotherapy initially then bi-lateral mastectomy surgery, followed up with radiation and then breast reconstruction surgery,” said Brooke Phillips, M.D., “She now takes tamoxifen to prevent any cancer reoccurrence and gets monthly injections to avoid osteoporosis. We are thrilled with her outcomes and admire her passion to motivate other women to continue to get their annual mammograms.”

Orowick also saw Dr. Anne McCall, a specialist in the use of radiation therapy to treat breast cancer.

“By coming to the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross, patients have access to the same advanced technology that is offered at the University of Chicago Medicine at Hyde Park in downtown Chicago,” said Dr. McCall, M.D. “We are fortunate to have highly trained and experienced radiation therapists working at Silver Cross who truly make Theresa’s and all our patients’ treatment so successful.”

After her final surgery, Orowick had several weeks of lymphedema therapy at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross Hospital. “Theresa’s case was complex since she had an advanced stage of breast cancer and underwent both breast removal and reconstruction surgeries,” said Barbara Shoemaker, senior occupational therapist and certified lymphedema therapist with RIC at Silver Cross Hospital. “Theresa’s treatment sessions focused on education regarding lymphedema precautions, as well as massage and stretching exercises to decrease tissue tightness and improve the mobility of her arms.”

“All of the staff at both the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital was great,” said Orowick. “I had a fabulous experience! I received such thoughtful care from all of them. And because both facilities were so close to my home, my mom was able to drive me to my treatments and therapy sessions, which was less stressful than driving downtown.”

Recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer?

Silver Cross Hospital is making it easier to get advice from breast cancer experts on the next steps to take with a convenient, one-stop experience called the Multidisciplinary Breast Conference. This team meets in the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital for a Breast Conference every Tuesday morning. At the Conference, physician specialists representing general surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, plastic surgery and pathology reviews radiological images and pathology slides on state-of-the-art equipment and develops 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. Patients who could benefit from the Multidisciplinary Breast Conference at Silver Cross should contact their primary care physician to be referred to the Breast Conference.

I Matter Members: Save 20% at Jeffrey LaMorte Salon & Day Spa

Posted on : 10-13-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Discounts, I Matter Benefits, Mammography

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Jeffrey LaMorte Salon and Spa is offering Silver Cross I Matter members 20% off 20 amazing products in addition to your regular 5-10% off any service through December.

logo“At our salons, we offer only the finest available hair and beauty products,” said Kelly Glister, General Manager. “Before we choose a product for our store, we test it to ensure the ingredients are of the highest quality and that the results are nothing short of spectacular.”

Products on sale include:

Jeffrey LaMorte Brand
Keratin Therapy Shampoo
Keratin Therapy Condition
Keratin Therapy
Elixir 11
Brilliance
Volume Infusion
Freshen Up
Colormoist Conditioner

Kevin Murphy
Shimmer Shine
Night Rider
Hair Resort Spray

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Blonde Shampoo
Blonde Condition
Blonde Balm
Curl Spray
 
Aquage
Finishing Spray
Transforming Spray
Freezing Spray

Misc.
Green Envee Scrubs
Moroccanoil Brushes (excludes Boar Bristle Brushes)

IMatter Discount CardTo take advantage of these exciting offers, just show your I Matter member card at time of purchase at one of these locations:

  • Frankfort:      815-469-0660
  • Orland Park:    708-364-0660
  • Lemont:           630-243-0660

You can either call one of the numbers above or book your appointment online. If you don’t have an I Matter card or yours has expired, you will receive one next time you come to the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health for your mammogram.   And if you book your screening before the end of October, you can take advantage of the special $100 price if you choose to pay at time of service. It’s our way of rewarding you for taking care of yourself during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.