I Matter Discount: Budget Blinds

Posted on : 07-27-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, Discounts, I Matter Benefits, Mammography

Whether you have just moved into a new house or remodeling, choosing the right window treatment can be a daunting task. So why not call in a professional and save some money in the process.

IMG_0147Budget Blinds serving Frankfort and the surrounding communities offers fantastic discounts to Silver Cross I Matter members. Local Budget Blinds consultant Susan Gomez even offers 25% off selected Signature Series Window Treatments. And when you schedule a free in-home consultation, she brings you complimentary Design Guide filled with decorating ideas, tips and trends.

Susan’s goal is to provide I Matter members with the best products and services in order to enrich your home environment. Her lavish selection of window treatments includes shutters, blinds, draperies, shades and even window film. Regardless of the window’s size or shape, you can rest assured Budget Blinds will have a customized window coverings solution ready for you. Their products have even been seen on HGTV’s Buying & Selling, Property Brothers at Home, and DIY’s Blog Cabin.

To get started, call Susan at (708) 444-1737 for your in-home consultation or email her at shgomez@budgetblinds.com. You can also check out some of her custom work online. Oh yeah – she also does commercial window coverings.

I-Matter-Discount-Cards-purple-1Now if you can’t find your I Matter membership card, you’ve let yours expire, or simply don’t have one, don’t fret. Just sign-up online to become an I Matter member and then schedule your appointment for a mammogram online or by calling 1-815-300-7076. We no longer require a doctor’s order making it even more convenient to get this important test. Early detection is the key to catching breast cancer at its earliest stages when it is the most treatable. You see, it matters to us that you get screened. And it matters to Susan and the Budget Blinds team too, which is why we have teamed up to reward you with discounts just for taking care of yourself. So make that call today to schedule your annual mammogram and then go save some money on your new gorgeous window coverings!


Book your next Mammogram appointment online!

Posted on : 07-13-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Mammography, Osteoporosis, Rehabilitation, screening

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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:

Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
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


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.


Cancer Services available at Silver Cross Hospital








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.