Rewarding Mothers Today and Everyday

Posted on : 04-22-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, Health Tips, I Matter Benefits, Mammography, News, breast cancer

Moms are busy women.  They take care of their family, home and community.  Because they matter in the lives of so many, Silver Cross Hospital rewards these special women for taking care of themselves—not just on Mother’s Day, but every day.  Women who join the free IMatter program receive valuable discounts at over 120 local businesses just for getting a mammogram at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health.  Click here to sign-up or for more information about the program.

In recognition of Mother’s Day, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is also offering digital screening mammograms for just $100 for those who prefer to pay at time of appointment; insurance will not be billed.   Women can take advantage of the discounted price by requesting an appointment online or calling (815) 300-7076 during the month of May to schedule an appointment before June 30, 2014.  A doctor’s order is required for the mammogram. Don’t have a doctor?  Call 1-888-660-HEAL or  click here for a free referral.

Advanced Diagnostics, Special Care

The Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health represents a unique concept in women’s healthcare. Located on the new Silver Cross Hospital campus at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox, the Center was the first in the region to provide an advanced level of diagnostics coupled with specialized care for women in one convenient location. Set in a spa-like environment, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health offers a variety of healthcare services designed around a woman’s needs and lifestyle including mammography, breast ultrasound including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, stereotactic biopsy, bone densitometry, and a breast cancer support group.

“At the Center, we use only digital mammography technology to provide our patients with the best service and care,” says Marci Vasiliades, Manager of the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health. “Patients can bring their old films in and we will scan and transfer them to the digital format for easy comparison.”

Digital mammograms also simplify the procedure for women. Although compression of the breasts is still important when performing digital mammography, the compression paddles are warmer and more flexible, which ultimately provide women with a more comfortable experience.  Following the screening, women can call a 24-hour mammogram hotline to obtain their test results alleviating any anxiety. 

“Our patients really enjoy the service and the amenities,” said Vasiliades.  “They consistently rank us in the top 2% in the nation for patient satisfaction according to Press Ganey.

Silver Cross is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).  The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

In addition to having this special accreditation, the Center is also unique in that there is a Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN™).  This specialized nurse guides patients through the next steps in their care.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health

I Matter Benefit: 10% Virgin Mobile

Posted on : 02-11-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, I Matter Benefits, Mammography, News, breast cancer

Virgin Mobile has been a no contract, wireless service provider since 2002. Offering unlimited 3G web and data plans on android powered devices with no contracts, what could be better?  How about valuable discounts of any product at the Virgin Mobile store at Orland Square Mall?  That’s right.  Now I Matter members can receive 10% off any product when they get their  annual mammogram or heart screening at Silver Cross Hospital

How does it work?

If you are not already an I Matter member, sign-up for free online or by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).  Then call (815) 300-7076 for your annual screening mammogram or baseline heart screening appointment. You can also request an appointment online.  Just a reminder, a physician’s order is required for all mammograms. And, if you call before the end of February to schedule your heart screening, you will also receive a box of Dan’s Homemade Candies.  How sweet is that!

When you come in for your screening appointment, you will receive your I Matter membership card which you can use for valuable savings at over 70 local businesses including Virgin Mobile and other retailers at Orland Square Mall. It’s that simple!

$100 Mammograms are Back for Limited Time

Posted on : 10-01-2013 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Mammography, News, Video, breast cancer

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is offering digital screening mammograms for just $100 to women who call in between Oct. 1 and 31 to make an appointment by Nov. 30, 2013. The $100 screening mammogram includes the radiologist fee. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted at time of appointment—insurance will not be billed.  Please mention SPECIAL MAMMOGRAM when calling (815) 300-7076 to schedule an appointment with a doctor’s order.  Don’t have a doctor?  Call 1-888-660-HEAL or visit www.IMatter.silvercross.org for a free referral.

 Plus, through the Silver Cross free I Matter™ program, Center for Women’s Health patients receive valuable discounts from over 50 local businesses just for getting their regular health screenings.  To learn more, visit www.IMatter.silvercross.org.

5 Important Things to Know about Mammograms

Posted on : 09-23-2013 | By : tsimons | In : Events, I Matter Benefits, Mammography, News, breast cancer

  1. They can save your life. Finding breast cancer early reduces your risk of dying from the disease by 25-30% or more. Women should begin having mammograms yearly at age 40, or earlier if they’re at high risk.
  2. Don’t be afraid. Mammography is a quick procedure (about 20 minutes), and discomfort is minimal for most women. The procedure is safe. There’s only a very tiny amount of radiation exposure from a mammogram. And, to relieve your anxiety of waiting to get the results, Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health can learn their results within 24 hours or less. 
  3. Get the best quality you can. The new gold standard is a digital mammogram which is recorded onto a computer so that doctors can enlarge certain sections to look at them more closely.  If this is your first time at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, bring your past mammogram films/results with you so our board certified onsite radiologists can look for changes year to year.  And, be prepared to talk about previous unusual findings or symptoms with the technologist who performs the mammogram.  On the day of the exam, don’t wear deodorant or antiperspirant, since these can show up on the film and interfere with the test results.  Finally, avoid scheduling your mammogram at a time when your breasts are swollen or tender, such as right before your period.
  4. Mammography is our most powerful breast cancer detection tool. However, mammograms can still miss 20% of breast cancers that are simply not visible using this technique. Other important tools such as breast self-exam, clinical breast examination, and possibly ultrasound or MRI (both are available at Silver Cross), can and should be used as complementary tools, but there are no substitutes or replacements for a mammogram.
  5. An unusual result requiring further testing does not always mean you have breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about 10% of women who have a mammogram will require more tests. Only 8-10% of these women will need a biopsy, and about 80% of these biopsies will turn out not to be cancer. It’s normal to worry if you get called back for more testing, but try not to assume the worst until you have more information. 

And now you can get yours for just $100!

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is offering digital screening mammograms for just $100 to women who call in between Oct. 1 and 31 to make an appointment by Nov. 30, 2013. The $100 screening mammogram includes the radiologist fee. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted at time of appointment—insurance will not be billed.  Please mention SPECIAL MAMMOGRAM when calling (815) 300-7076 to schedule an appointment with a doctor’s order.  Don’t have a doctor?  Call 1-888-660-HEAL or visit www.IMatter.silvercross.org for a free referral.

 Plus, through the Silver Cross free I Matter™ program, Center for Women’s Health patients receive valuable discounts from over 50 local businesses just for getting their regular health screenings.  To learn more, visit www.IMatter.silvercross.org.

5-10% off Flooring for I Matter Members

Posted on : 06-20-2013 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, Heart Health, I Matter Benefits, Mammography

Who doesn’t need new flooring somewhere in their home?  Now, you get 5-10% off your purchase at Total Flooring in Homer Glen just for getting your annual mammogram and/or heart screening at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health.  Just show them you blue or yellow I Matter membership card at time of purchase.

Not an I Matter Member?  No worries. It is easy to join and best of all there are no regsitration fees or membership dues. After you sign-up, we will send you a welcome kit with health tips, special offers and gifts from our other I Matter partners.

So you say that your I Matter card has expired.  That’s OK.  We know how time can get away from you with kids, work and all that you do in the community.  You can request an appointment for your screening mammogram or baseline cardiac screening online or call (815) 300-7076.  Just bring in your physician’s order for the mammogram when you come into the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health.

Your Total Flooring Solution Right in Homer Glen

Total Flooring has provided the finest quality of flooring for the Chicago area since 1991. Their 5,000 sq ft showroom offers a large array of styles and pricing options that will fit your needs.

From your first visit, their expertly trained sales staff will follow through by visiting you in your home, bringing samples and measuring, as well as helping you identify color and the texture of a product that will be exactly right for any room in your house. And, their estimates are always FREE with no-obligation.  Total Flooring’s installers are licensed and insured professionals.  You can’t beat that!  For more information, call (708) 301-4142.

Happy Mom’s Day!

Posted on : 05-12-2013 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Mammography, News, breast cancer

A special Mother’s Day Gift!

Posted on : 05-01-2013 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Mammography, News, breast cancer

Bartender Takes Own Advice to Fight Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Posted on : 04-09-2013 | By : tsimons | In : Mammography, News, breast cancer

Staff from the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital pose with breast cancer patient and New Lenox resident Kathy Vrba. Pictured from left to right are Kimberly De Nardo, Lead Radiation Therapist; Kathy Vrba; and Anne McCall, M.D., Radiation Oncologist.

Even after 56-year-old Kathy Vrba received the news that a pea-sized cancerous lump was found in her left breast after her annual mammogram, she decided to take the positive advice she has offered to so many of her patrons during her 28 years as a bartender. “Once I heard the alarming news that I had breast cancer, initially I was so scared, but then instantly I thought no, I’m going to follow my own advice that I have given to so many of my customers and just stay optimistic,” said New Lenox resident Kathy Vrba.

After Kathy skipped her annual mammogram one year, her gynecologist told her during her annual exam that she really must get one. So Kathy went to the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health for her test in the fall of 2012. When the staff called her and explained that she needed to come in for a second mammogram, Kathy was concerned. “I was so nervous when I returned for another mammogram, but the nurses and staff at the Center for Women’s Health were very supportive,” said Vrba. “They calmed me down and alleviated my fears.”

Her diagnostic visit revealed a small cancer. After much discussion with her oncologist and her husband, Vic, Kathy decided to have a lumpectomy to remove the tumor. After her surgery, her next step was to have follow-up treatment which consisted of 5 weeks of radiation and 5 years of medicine, to prevent a recurrence.

Since Kathy was a possible candidate for prone therapy, her physician suggested she go see Dr. Anne McCall at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver CrossDr. McCall has experience with the state-of-the-art prone breast radiation technique that is offered on the Silver Cross Hospital campus, as well as at the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus.

“The minute I met Dr. McCall I knew I was in good hands,” said Vrba. “She was very friendly and so knowledgeable. She explained why the prone treatment was a good option for me and thoughtfully listened and answered all my questions.”

“Prone breast radiation treatment is a wonderful technique for the right patient,” said Anne McCall, M.D., Medical Director for Radiation Oncology for the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital. “And Kathy’s clinical situation made it appropriate to treat her using the prone radiation technique.”

Dr. McCall adds, “Prone therapy is especially beneficial for women with larger breasts and a tumor on the left side that hasn’t spread to the lymph nodes.  The dose of radiation is uniform with less skin reaction. There is minimal exposure to the heart and lungs. This lowers the risk of complications, such as future heart disease and lung damage.”

How Does Prone Breast Radiation Treatment Work?

Prone breast radiation therapy is a unique approach to treating breast cancer. Radiation is administered on a specially-designed table with a breast board to help the woman lie more comfortably in the prone position, on her stomach, with the breast hanging down from the body for radiation therapy.

Some patients may find lying on their stomach challenging, but not Vrba. “As a patient you really have to be motivated to lay on your stomach for treatments, but I really feel Kathy’s upbeat attitude feeds her motivation to do so,” said Dr. McCall.

Benefits to Prone Treatment

There are many benefits to receiving radiation in the prone position in addition to minimizing radiation exposure to the surrounding organs and tissues. Although the radiation dose in the prone position is the same as when the patient lies flat on her back for radiation treatment.

“By using the prone technique, the breast falls away from the chest wall making it easier for radiation therapists to target the tumor more precisely with the radiation,” said Kimberly DeNardo, Lead Radiation Therapist for the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross.

“The goal with every treatment plan is to protect the healthy tissue from radiation,” DeNardo said. “As with every patient, the planning phase was so critical in creating Kathy’s personal prone treatment plan.”

During the planning phase, radiologists performed a CT scan to determine the exact positions of the cancer and of Kathy’s heart and lungs. “Then we met with the radiation oncologist, Dr. McCall, to develop the best treatment plan,” DeNardo said.  “By using the most advanced TrueBeam new-generation linear accelerator system, we were able to deliver precisely targeted radiation therapy to provide the best results for Kathy.”

DeNardo brought over 14 years of experience working with cancer patients at the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus to her new role on the Silver Cross campus. “Our job is to make every patient’s treatment and experience easier,” said DeNardo. “Whether we hold their hand or simply listen to their concerns, we are there to offer them support. Patients shouldn’t decide that it’s easier to give up instead of fighting when they can be cured with all the advanced cancer care treatment options available, like those offered here at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross.”

Comforting Advice to Others

“I would highly recommend the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross to cancer patients,” said Vrba. “The staff of doctors, nurses, radiation therapists and receptionists would always greet me with a warm welcome and say ‘Kathy’s here!’ The care was exceptional, the staff was fantastic and it was all so close to my home.”

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

About the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross

The University of Chicago Medicine and Silver Cross Hospital’s $21.6 million outpatient cancer treatment center located at I-355 and Route 6 (1850 Silver Cross Blvd.) in New Lenox opened its doors on June 25, 2012. The 20,000-square-foot University of Chicago  Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross brings University of Chicago academic specialists and their advanced and investigational therapies into a community-hospital setting. The new facility provides state-of-the-art chemotherapy and radiation therapy, as well as access to hundreds of clinical trials. It also offers a brand new TrueBeam new-generation linear accelerator system, which delivers precisely targeted radiation therapy to provide the best results. In addition, other services provided at the Comprehensive Cancer Center include cancer support services, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy, infusion services, and preventative screenings. The University of Chicago maintains more active clinical trials for the treatment of cancer than any other program in Illinois. To schedule an appointment, call 1-855-UCM-1400. For more information about the new University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, visit www.ucmcancer-sch.org.

Advisory Board Gives Van to Silver Cross

Posted on : 03-15-2013 | By : tsimons | In : Mammography, News, breast cancer

Pictured are Advisory Board members with the new Courtesy Van that was purchased and donated to Silver Cross Hospital with funds the group raised from sales at the Encore Shop. Pictured on the left side are: Annie Cardwell, Arlene Walsh, Jan Falk, Sally Jackson (back), Agnes Dobczyk, Joan Zalanka (back), Elaine Boros, Kathy Ullian; volunteer in van is Nathan Yurgin; and on the right side are: Bev Kokaly (back), Debbie Glavan; June Hendricksen (back), Marilynn Plese, Gael Smith (back), Kathryn Pitcairn (back), Carol Moholick (back) and Advisory Board President Nancy Allen.

The Advisory Board recently gave Silver Cross Hospital a new van to serve as a courtesy vehicle to transport patients and their guests from the parking lots to the Hospital entrances.

For 52 years the Advisory Board has raised funds for Silver Cross Hospital by operating a resale shop called the Encore Shop. The Encore Shop is located in the Hershman Building, 1301 Copperfield Ave., Joliet—on the former Silver Cross Hospital campus.  The newly expanded store is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month from at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  If you’re looking to donate gently used seasonal decorations, adult and children’s clothing, household items, or books the Silver Cross Hospital resale shop—the Encore Shop is now accepting donations at the new 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.

Over the past 11 years, the Advisory Board has donated more than $936,744 to Silver Cross for the purchase of X-ray equipment for the Emergency Department, ICU beds, laptop computers for Home Health nurses, dialysis and mammography equipment, surgery carts and instruments, cardiac software, blanket warmers and a new pick-up truck used to maintain the grounds of the hospital campus.  The group completed a $75,000 pledge to purchase the water feature in the Dralle Serenity Garden outside the new Silver Cross Hospital which opened Feb. 26, 2012.

$10 off a Spa Service

Posted on : 12-01-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Mammography, News, breast cancer