Breast Cancer Physician Panel Focuses on New Treatments

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,” saidDr. 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.”

Helping More Patients Return Home & Regain Independence

Posted on : 09-05-2014 | By : tsimons | In : News, Rehabilitation

Most of us know someone who has suffered a traumatic injury or significant loss of function due to stroke, brain or spinal cord injury, joint replacement or amputation.  And usually the only thing on his or her mind is getting back home and regaining independence.  At Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, specialists with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) are helping more patients than ever before advance their ability and return home sooner.  RIC has been ranked the #1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. The same specialized care that has earned RIC its pre-eminent reputation is available at Silver Cross. 

Dr Andrew Hendrix, Medical Director of The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital, talks with patient Lawrence Johnson of Orland Park about his treatment plan and progress after spending 6 days in the inpatient rehabilitation unit .

Dr Andrew Hendrix, Medical Director of The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital, talks with patient Lawrence Johnson of Orland Park about his treatment plan and progress after spending 6 days in the inpatient rehabilitation unit .

According to the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association’s outcomes database, 79% of patients who recover on Silver Cross Hospital’s CARF-accredited inpatient rehabilitation unit are discharged home—not to a skilled nursing, assisted living or extended care facility.  That is much higher than the regional average of 71% or even the U.S. average of 74%.  Last year, RIC at Silver Cross’ 24-bed inpatient unit cared for over 521 patients—a 19% increase from 2012.

“Our patients typically spend 11 or 12 days on the rehab unit, says Dr. Andrew Hendrix, medical director of RIC at Silver Cross Hospital’s inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.  “We develop a plan for each patient and then our team goes to work to make sure that the patient is ready for discharge.”

At Silver Cross, inpatient rehabilitation services are provided by licensed specialists under the coordination of Dr. Hendrix or one of his physician colleagues. Each patient’s care is tailored to fit their needs and care plans are developed with the input of the patient, family, physician, and rehabilitation team.  The team includes registered nurses; physical, occupational, speech, and recreational therapist; social workers and transitional care managers.  Patients may also see a dietician, respiratory therapist and behavioural health specialist to prepare for discharge.

“Although we are in a hospital, we do our best to simulate a home environment,” Dr. Hendrix says.  “Each patient has their own spacious private room.  And in our ability achievement center and kitchen, patients re-learn daily tasks and also to use appliances such as a washer, dryer, stove and microwave.  We even have a car simulator so that patients can practice getting in and out of a vehicle.”

RIC at Silver Cross has also created an apartment environment for overnight training.  This gives patients, family members and caregivers an opportunity to identify areas that require further assistance, education or practice before the patient leaves the inpatient rehabilitation environment. 

Once the patient returns home, additional rehabilitation is often required. Patients have the option to come back to the hospital for outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy.  RIC at Silver Cross also offers physical therapy in Silver Cross’ conveniently located buildings in Homer Glen, on Route 30 in New Lenox, and the west side of Joliet. 

 “Our goal is always to help our patients return to normal of activities of daily living, but we also want to make sure that throughout their recovery process we effectively and appropriately manage and reduce their pain,” says Dr. Hendrix. 

In addition to being board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Dr. Hendrix specializes in pain management providing epidural injections and sympathetic blockades in Silver Cross’ state-of-the-art procedural care unit.  He also sees patients in RIC at Silver Cross’ outpatient facility in Pavilion A on the hospital’s campus along with his partner, Dr. Michelle Muellner. To schedule an appointment, call (815) 300-2911.

They Found a Breast Lump. Now what?

Posted on : 08-26-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Cancer, Mammography, News

It’s every woman’s worst fear—finding a lump in her breast. Before panicking, get advice from experts on the next steps to take. And now Silver Cross is making it easier than ever before with a convenient, one-stop experience.  

“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 Grace Suh, a University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital medical oncologist. “The sooner we can start treatment, the better chance we have to eradicate the disease.”

Front:  Laura Ragauskaite, MD; general surgeon; Alan Chen, MD, plastic & reconstructive surgeon; Patricia Clark, MD, general surgeon; Anne McCall, MD, radiation oncologist; Grace Suh; medical oncologist. Back:  Cagatay Ersahin, MD, pathologist; Matthew Endara, MD, plastic & reconstructive surgeon; Brooke Phillips, MD; medical oncologist; Mark Danielson, MD; general surgeon; Neda Zelahovitis, certified breast health nurse navigator; Aaron Guajardo, MD, radiologist.

Front: Laura Ragauskaite, MD; general surgeon; Alan Chen, MD, plastic & reconstructive surgeon; Patricia Clark, MD, general surgeon; Anne McCall, MD, radiation oncologist; Grace Suh; medical oncologist. Back: Cagatay Ersahin, MD, pathologist; Matthew Endara, MD, plastic & reconstructive surgeon; Brooke Phillips, MD; medical oncologist; Mark Danielson, MD; general surgeon; Neda Zelahovitis, certified breast health nurse navigator; Aaron Guajardo, MD, radiologist.

The multi-disciplinary 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.

“By having all the specialists in one room at one time improves communications among caregivers and makes it easier to provide recommendations for the best course of treatment,” said Dr. Anne McCall, a University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital radiation oncologist.

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. With the recent addition of Dr. Matthew Endara to the team, new plastic surgery techniques such as flap microsurgical breast reconstruction are now available at Silver Cross Hospital.

“Early detection as well as prompt and precise treatment is the key to fighting cancer, which is why all the specialists involved in the Breast Conference are donating their time and expertise to provide Silver Cross patients with this unique opportunity close to home,” said Dr. Mark Danielson, general surgeon at Silver Cross.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the Multidisciplinary Breast Conference, please contact your primary care physician for a referral. If you don’t have a regular physician, find one here.

 

 

 

 

New Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic

Posted on : 08-20-2014 | By : tsimons | In : News
Pictured from left to right are Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Margaret Dombrowski, along with new mom and Minooka resident Nicole Belke with her 4-week-old son Kevin, and Marilyn Paolella, Director of Women and Infant Services at Silver Cross Hospital. First time mom Nicole Belke visits the new Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic now available at the hospital’s New Lenox campus.

Silver Cross International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Margaret Dombrowski along with new mom and Nicole Belke with her 4-week-old son Kevin and Marilyn Paolella, Director of Women and Infant Services at Silver Cross Hospital.

Sometimes new moms need help as they begin breastfeeding their babies or when problems arise during breastfeeding. To address these issues, Silver Cross is offering a new Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic on the hospital’s New Lenox campus. This new clinic is sponsored by the Silver Cross Women and Infant Services Birthing Center.

“More and more families are choosing Silver Cross for the birth of their first, second or even third child,” says Marilyn Paolella, R.N., Director of Women and Infant Services at Silver Cross Hospital.  “And although patients are giving us high marks for the care we provide, we are always looking at how we can improve the birthing experience. We feel by offering an Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic, we are able to help women find success in breastfeeding even after they go home with their newborns.”

The Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic provides support for moms, while helping them to reach their breastfeeding goals. “Many times, women quit breastfeeding because of difficulties they endure, whether it is insufficient milk supply, painful breastfeeding, or poor weight gain in the infant,” said Margaret Dombrowski, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at Silver Cross Hospital. “The clinic empowers women with lactation education and improves the health status of mothers and babies through nutrition management during their breastfeeding experience.”

How Does the Clinic Work?
The Clinic is staffed by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have advanced training in breastfeeding management. All lactation consultants are experienced in counseling, teaching, and problem solving with latching or other breastfeeding issues. During the appointment, which is 45 minutes to an hour, specially trained lactation consultants observe and assess a feeding. Patients come to the breastfeeding clinics only to solve issues with breastfeeding. All other medical and developmental issues with the child are referred back to the child’s pediatrician. The Breastfeeding Clinic is available two days a week by appointment. Patients must contact their obstetrician or pediatrician for a referral.

“More and more studies have shown that with continued postnatal support, like what is given to new moms at our Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic, contributes to increased breastfeeding duration,” said Margaret. “Breast milk has antibodies to disease, is always warm, and releases hormones into the mother’s blood stream that calms her while she is nursing. Breastfeeding is so beneficial in fostering good health in babies.”

New Mom Shares Her Experience 
For new mom Nicole Belke having access to the Silver Cross Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic gave her a lot of relief. “The Clinic has been a fantastic resource for my husband, Brian, and I,” said the Minooka resident. “As first time parents, we were concerned when our newborn son, Kevin, wouldn’t feed and continued to cry for over four hours. It was so comforting to talk with Margaret. Her reassuring voice and helpful suggestions enabled our newborn son to get fed and all of us get a much needed good night’s rest.”

 

Cancer-Free in under a Month

Posted on : 08-15-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Cancer, News, Success Stories

 

Jodi Dozier, a longtime smoker, went to see her physician for an annual physical.  Dr. Nanette Gormley ordered a chest-X-ray, which showed a nodule on Jodi’s lung that required further testing.  She chose to go to Silver Cross Hospital for the CT Lung Scan since it was close to her Orland Park home.  While Jodi was checking in for her test, she noticed a flyer for a new Multi-Disciplinary Lung Cancer Conference where she could have several cancer experts on staff at Silver Cross review her medical information and provide a consensus recommendation on a plan of care all in the same day and at no charge.  She tucked it in her handbag—just in case!    

Jodi’s CT Scan looked suspicious so her physician ordered a needle biopsy at Silver Cross.  On June 10, Dr. Gormley informed Jodi that she had lung cancer.  A tumor the size of a tennis ball was sitting in the upper lobe of Jodi’s right lung.   Jodi immediately pulled out the flyer about the Lung Cancer Conference and showed it to Dr. Gormley who suggested she schedule an appointment.  Jodi called (815) 300-LUNG, explained that she had just been diagnosed with lung cancer, and was told Dr. Lawrence Schilder, medical  director of hematology/oncology with The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross, could meet with her at 10 a.m.     

Dr. Schilder discussed Jodi’s case with the other cancer experts participating in the Conference including a pulmonologist, interventional radiologist, radiation oncologist and thoracic surgeon.     

“The multidisciplinary lung conference provides the opportunity for us to confer weekly with doctors in other specialties, and facilitates the delivery of state-of-the-art lung cancer treatment,” said Dr. Schilder.  “This approach will increase the chance that Jodi will be cured of her cancer, because coordinated care leads to better results.”    

They recommended that Jodi have a PET Scan and MRI the following week to determine the best course of treatment.  The next day, Jodi saw Dr. David Cziperle, a thoracic surgeon, who initially was not convinced that she would be a good candidate for surgery because of how her lungs appeared on the images.  After meeting Jodi, a physically fit 60-year old that had no trouble breathing, and further consultation with Dr. Schilder, the three agreed that Jodi should move forward with the procedure to remove the tumor.     

Jodi talks with The Multi-Disciplinary Lung Cancer Conference physicians.

 

 Jodi had surgery on June 30 at Silver Cross Hospital—less than three weeks after being diagnosed.  Dr. Cziperle removed the tumor and also several lymph nodes to make sure the cancer had not spread.  Jodi went home after four days in the hospital.  Following a month of recuperation at home, she will begin a preventative round of chemotherapy under Dr. Schilder’s care at the end of August.  Jodi also quit smoking.    

“Jodi’s course is an example of what we passionately strive to achieve everyday in the treatment of lung cancer,” said Dr. Cziperle. “ Customized, expeditious, state-of-the-art lung cancer management is the goal of the Multi-Disciplinary Lung Cancer Conference at Silver Cross Hospital.”    

“I am so blessed to have been part of the Lung Cancer Conference,” said Jodi.  “I never had to wait long for anything—appointments, tests, or results.  I couldn’t be more thrilled with the care I received from all the doctors and nurses, and it was so convenient that I could go to Silver Cross for everything.  I am just so grateful.”    

If you or a loved one could benefit from Silver Cross Hospital’s Multi-Disciplinary Lung Cancer Conference, call (815) 300-LUNG.  Every effort will be made to see patients within a week in order to expedite care.    

Jodi Dozier, a longtime smoker, went to see her physician for an annual physical.

Silver Cross & NHBW awards Scholarships

Posted on : 08-13-2014 | By : tsimons | In : News

Tyashia Pierce, Destiny Alexander, Ardith Neal, Jautece McNear, and Louis Williamson each received $1,000 scholarships from the Joliet Chapter of the National Hook-Up of Black Women through a grant given by The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission

The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission gave a $6,000 grant to the National Hook-Up of Black Women (NHBW), Joliet Chapter to provide scholarships to area students. Each the following students received a $1,000 scholarship:  Destiny Alexander, Crystal Malone, Jautece McNear, Christopher Norwood, Tyashia Pierce and Louis Williamson.

“The National Hook-Up of Black Women is thankful to the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission,” said Lou Ann Johnson, President of Joliet’s National Hook-Up of Black Women. “By providing scholarships to local students to further their education, we are helping these children from our community improve the quality of their life.”

The National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc., Joliet Chapter is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable community service organization dedicated to improving the lives of families through support of the arts, culture, health, education, and human services programs. Each year, the organization awards scholarships to students who demonstrate good grades and community service. With the help of Silver Cross’ Healthy Community Commission, they are able to grant new scholarships to six deserving individuals. Scholarship recipients must live within the zip codes 60432, 60433 and 60436.

The purpose of Silver Cross’s Healthy Community Commission is to coordinate and enhance existing programs for workforce development, education and business growth with a focus on health care and construction. One of the not-for-profit organization’s main goals is to create a stronger, healthier future for Joliet. 

In addition to providing scholarships for the area’s youth, NHBW and Silver Cross Hospital also work together to improve the literacy level in Joliet through the Reading for Life Program.   In 2011, Silver Cross donated funds, furniture and computers to help establish the first NHBW & Silver Cross Reading Room in Joliet.  Today, the hospital continues to support the program with annual grants and book donations to 9 locations in Joliet, Lockport and Bolingbrook.   In the Reading Rooms/Corners, children and parents are able to swap, borrow or take a book to keep in their own personal libraries. During the past three years, the Reading for Life Literacy Program provided more than 10,000 books to over 3,000 children and adults in the community.  For more information about the NHBW & Silver Cross Reading Rooms, call either (815) 364-2740 or (815) 727-9079.

Back to School, Back to the Doctor

Posted on : 08-08-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, Health Tips, News, Physicals

Submitted by Anadavally Pillai, M.D., family practice physician

No matter what grade your child is about to enter, there’s the yearly back-to-school checklist of to-dos: shopping for school supplies, filling out permission forms, and for some, a school physical. In Illinois, a physical examination and updated immunizations are required for children entering Kindergarten, Second Grade, Sixth Grade, and High School. A complete list of requirements is available of the Illinois State Board of Education’s website.

For many students back-to-school checkups are often the only visit most kids and teenagers have with their doctor during the year.  Most parents think of a back-to-school physical as the exam with the stethoscope and other doctor gadgets. While that’s very important, I spend more time discussing nutrition, exercise, sleep, and media exposure and safety, as these things can really impact a child’s future health.

It’s also a good chance to address important questions, especially with teenagers, including adolescent issues of drinking, smoking, drugs, sexual activity, and depression. 

To make it convenient for parents, Dr. Pillai is offering discounted school and sports physicals for students age 6 years and older through Sept. 30, 2014. at her office in the Silver Cross Professional Building-West Joliet Call (815) 744-4440 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Are Your Kids Ready for Fall Sports Season?

Posted on : 07-21-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, Health Tips, News, Physicals

Submitted by Priya Shastri, MD, family practice physician

Playing on a school or community sports team is a great way for kids to stay in shape and learn teamwork. No matter which sport your son or daughter plays — whether it’s football, cross country, golf or cheerleading, there’s always a risk of getting hurt.

The casualties of youth sports can range from minor sprained ankles and repetitive strains, to more serious conditions like concussions or exercise-induced asthma.  Some kids may even have serious allergic reactions to bees and other insects found in playing fields.” 

To avoid getting hurt or sick on the field, court, and track, kids need to be prepared. That preparation starts with seeing a health care provider for a sport’s physical or pre-participation physical examination (PPE) to make sure their bodies are ready for the season ahead.   

Ideally athletes should have the exam done about six to eight weeks before sports season starts. That way, if your physician wants to treat a condition, refer you to a specialist, or do a follow-up exam, there will be enough time before the sport begins to be cleared to play.

What to Expect During a Sports Physical

The sports physical starts with a thorough medical history. The physicians will ask about any history of illness, hospitalizations, or injuries that might prevent your teen from playing, or that might limit the amount of activity the child or teen can handle. The medical history will be followed by a physical exam, in which the physicians will:

  • record your height and weight
  • take a blood pressure and pulse (heart rate and rhythm) reading
  • test vision
  • check the heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat
  • evaluate posture, joints, strength, and flexibility

Additional testing such as blood tests, X-rays, or electrocardiogram may be ordered during the sports physical.  Although most aspects of the exam will be the same for males and females, if a person has started or already gone through puberty, the physicians may ask girls and guys different questions. For example, if a girl is heavily involved in a lot of active sports, they may ask her about her period and diet to make sure she doesn’t have something like female athlete triad, which is disordered eating, amenorrhea and osteoporosis. They may also ask questions about use of drugs, alcohol, or dietary supplements, including steroids or other “performance enhancers” and weight-loss supplements, because these can affect a person’s health.

If everything checks out during the physical, the physicians will approve the athlete to play without any restrictions or he might recommend certain modifications, like using special protective equipment, carrying an epinephrine auto injector for severe insect allergies, or using an inhaler for asthma. It’s unusual for kids to be banned from playing altogether.  Most health conditions won’t prevent kids from participating in sports, but sometimes they’ll need treatment such as therapy and a follow-up exam in order to play.

To make it easy on parents, Dr. Shastri is offering discounted sports physicals for students age 6 years and older through Sept. 30, 2014.  Call (815) 300-1450 for more imformation.

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.