Free Aches & Pains lecture series

Posted on : 04-15-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Events, News

Millions of Americans suffer from aches and pains daily. But at what level of distress should you seek help to find relief from your pain? Silver Cross Hospital is offering a lecture series titled Aches & Pains on determining when to seek help, and eliminating soreness in various areas of the body.

All participants will receive a GIFT BAG which includes a complimentary joint and back screening performed by a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross, and other items to help you stay active. ($125 Value).

All programs will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hospital’s Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  Register to attend one or more programs online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Hip Pain
Tuesday, May 6 
Experiencing hip pain and stiffness? Dr. Bradley Dworsky, orthopedic surgeon, will share information on the latest treatment options including arthroscopy and joint preservation.
Leg & Back Pain
Tueday, May 13
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common spinal problem associated with leg and back pain in people over age 50. Dr. Thomas Hurley, neurosurgeon, will discuss new non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments available to treat this condition.
Shoulder Pain
Tuesday, June 3
Feel out of joint? If you experience painful arthritis in the shoulder and have damage to the surrounding muscles, join Dr. Venkat Seshadri, orthopedic surgeon, to learn about a new procedure—Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty.
Knee Pain
Wednesday, June 4
Stop limping. Join Dr. Paul Trksak, orthopedic surgeon, for a discussion on recent advances in total and partial knee replacement.

Could your have diabetes and don’t know it?

Posted on : 03-11-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Diabetes, Events, News

In recognition of the American Diabetes Association’s American Diabetes Alert, the Silver Cross Diabetes Center, Walgreens and Joliet Noon Lions Club will offer free screenings to detect diabetes on Tuesday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. outside Silver Cross Hospital’s Season’s Dining Room, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  Participants will be offered a Diabetes Risk Test and Blood Glucose Test.  For more information, call (815) 300-5990.

The American Diabetes Alert is an annual nationwide campaign to raise awareness that diabetes is a complex, serious and increasingly common disease affecting more than 24.6 million Americans.  Diabetes can cause blindness, which is a devastating disease the Lions Clubs around the world are working to prevent.  By partnering with Silver Cross, the area’s most comprehensive diabetes management program, the two hope to work together to prevent individuals in the community from these chronic diseases.

Diabetes is a silent disease and if left untreated can harm your eyes, heart, nerves and kidneys just by having too much sugar in the bloodstream.  The risk factors for diabetes increase with age and weight gain.  Diabetes is more common in African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.  Those who are at risk have high blood pressure, a family history of diabetes or have delivered a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth.  Most people with diabetes do not notice any symptoms.  However, if you are constantly thirsty, urinate frequently or lose weight without trying, you should see a physician.

“Many patients learn for the first time that they have diabetes while in the hospital,” says Patsy Harris, RN, Silver Cross Diabetes Center Program Manager.   “Last year, 25 percent of our inpatients had a primary or secondary diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.   By diagnosing diabetes early, we can help our patients manage the disease and keep them out of the hospital and have a fulfilling healthier and active lifestyle.”

The Silver Cross Diabetes Center is one of the area’s first American Diabetes Association’s recognized quality comprehensive diabetes management program.  Since 1996, the Diabetes Center has helped more than 3,800 patients and frequently provides educational programs and screenings in the community.   For more information, call (815) 300-5990.

Protect yourself from Colon Cancer. Get screened.

Posted on : 03-01-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Cancer, Events, News, colon cancer, screening

Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and in women.   In fact, according to the most recent statistics available from the Center for Disease Control, in 2010 131,607 people in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, including 63,907 women.  Furthermore, 52,045 people died from the disease—almost half of them women.

What can you do to protect yourself?

The best protection is really early detection through screening.  90% of colon cancer cases can be cured when found and treated at an early stage, so regular screenings are important.  At Silver Cross Hospital, we offer several tests to detect colon cancer including:

  • A fecal occult blood test (FOBT).  A FOBT is used to find occult or hidden blood in feces. A positive test does not always mean cancer is present. In addition, the FOBT can miss some cancers, so it should not be solely relied on for colorectal cancer screening. Patients receive a test kit and instructions on how to take a stool or feces sample at home. The kit is then returned to the hospital for testing.  Beginning at age 50, a FOBT should be performed yearly.  Request a FREE Colon Cancer Screening Kit (FOBT).
  • Sigmoidoscopy.   A slender, hollow, lighted tube, or sigmoidoscope, is connected to a video camera and inserted into the colon through the rectum. The doctor looks at the inside of the rectum and the lower third of the colon for cancer and/or polyps (small growths that can become cancerous).  Beginning at age 50, a sigmoidoscopy screening should be performed every 3 to 5 years.
  • Colonoscopy.  The colonoscopy is considered the gold-standard test for finding colon cancer.  A colonoscope is similar to a sigmoidoscope, except the tube is much longer and allows the doctor to see the lining of the entire colon. This is the most thorough exam; it may cause discomfort, but does not usually cause pain. Patients are given a sedative to make them feel relaxed and sleepy during the screening, which takes 15-30 minutes. Beginning at age 50, a colonoscopy should be performed every 10 years. 

Your primary doctor can refer you to a gastroenterologist who performs these tests in the state-of-the-art endoscopic suites at Silver Cross Hospital.  If you don’t have a regular physician, you can contact our free Physician Referral Service at 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).  One of our advisors will determine if you’re a candidate for screening, answer your insurance questions, and help set up your appointment with a gastroenterologist.

50 is the Magic Age

Screenings should start at age 50-if not before.  If you have a risk of colon cancer, you may need to start screenings at an earlier age. Check with your physician. Some common risk factors and symptoms include:

  • Obesity and lack of exercise
  • High-fat diet
  • Smoking
  • Drinking Alcohol
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Family history of polyps or colon cancer
  • Changes in bowel habits (diarrhea, or constipation)
  • A feeling that your bowel does not empty completely
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
  • Abdominal discomfort (gas, bloating or cramps)
  • Unexplained loss of appetite or weight, weakness, fatigue or jaundice

During Nation Colon Cancer Awareness month, take the time to remind those you love to get screened.  Send an e-card.

View your medical records online with MYSilverCross

Posted on : 02-25-2014 | By : tsimons | In : News

MYSilverCross is a free, easy and secure way to manage and monitor your electronic medical record anywhere your have online access—24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Sign-up at Silver Cross during your next inpatient or emergency visit.

With MYSilverCross you can:

  • Request, view or modify appointments online
  • View select lab results
  • Access a summary of your medications, allergies, immunizations, and medical issues
  • Review discharge instructions and patient educational materials
  • Send or download a copy of your electronic medical record for use with other healthcare providers

How to Get Started

  • MYSilverCross registration requires an in-person visit for security purposes. Please be sure to bring along your photo ID. 
  • At this time emergency maternity, and inpatients only will be invited to participate for MYSilverCross as part of the registration process. Access will be available to other patient populations in the future.
  • As part of the enrollment process, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete your registration and activate your secure account.
  • Once your personal account has been activated, you can access MYSilverCross at anytime through the Hospital’s website at

Sleep Deprivation Can Harm Your Health

Posted on : 02-24-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Events, News

We’ve all experienced the feeling of utter exhaustion from having a bad night’s rest. But if you find yourself routinely tired, unable to concentrate at work and having mood swings, then you could be suffering from sleep deprivation.  According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), if you get six hours or less of sleep a night, then you aren’t getting an appropriate night’s rest in order for your body to recharge. Studies have shown that sleep actually improves learning, memory, and insight. In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week, Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free lecture on how a lack of sleep can affect your overall health.

Dr. Philip Leung, Medical Director of the Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center, will present a free program on Sleep vs. No Sleep, on Tuesday, March 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Dr. Leung will discuss sleep exhaustion, snoring and their relationship to various illnesses and diseases. Learn how to distinguish if your lack of sleep and snoring is a serious health problem and about the new treatment options available. To register to attend call 1-888-660-HEAL or click here

A lack of sleep can alter your mood significantly. It causes irritability and anger and may reduce your ability to cope with stress. According to the NSF, the “walking tired” are more likely to fight with other people. Chronic sleepiness also puts you at greater risk for depression. Sleep-deprived people polled by the NSF were also less likely than those who sleep well to eat healthy, exercise, have sex, and engage in leisure activities because of sleepiness. These poor health habits can also lead to heart disease; making a good night’s sleep even more important.

Since individual sleep needs vary, experts say the best way to determine whether you’re getting enough sleep is by how you feel. “You shouldn’t feel tired when you wake up,” says Dr. Phillip Leung, Medical Director of the Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center. “Throughout the day, you should be energetic and slow down as you approach your bedtime.”



Healthcare Scholarships Available for Joliet’s eastide residents

Posted on : 02-13-2014 | By : tsimons | In : News

The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission is pleased to offer healthcare scholarships for individuals who reside in zip codes 60432, 60433, 60436, and the Lockport Grade School District #89.

“The purpose of the scholarships is to provide financial assistance to those individuals pursuing a course of instruction for healthcare related programs,” said Margie Woods, Chair of the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission.

The amount of the scholarship will be determined based on the program selected. The programs include Registered Nurse and Certified Nurse Assistant.   Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, and school fees.

Application requirements:

  • Completed application.
  • Personal statement explaining why the candidate has chosen this particular course of study, and what the candidate hopes to achieve.
  • 3 letters of reference from people not related to candidate.

Candidates will be notified if they are selected for an interview by May 30, 2014. Written notification of scholarship awards will be sent to candidates June 30, 2013.

Applications are available online or by contacting Leslie Newbon at (815) 300-1096 or Applications must be completed and received by April 30, 2014, to be considered for a scholarship.

The Silver Cross’s Healthy Community Commission is a not-for-profit organization of community members.  The Commission is focusing on the re-development of the Silver Cross Hospital Joliet campus and workforce development.  Its mission is to improve the quality life on the east side of Joliet.

Paint the Mall Red! Free event at Orland Mall

Posted on : 02-11-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Heart Health, I Matter Benefits, News

In celebration of National Heart Month, Silver Cross has partnered with Orland Square to Paint the Mall Red.  This free event will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the upper level Carson’s Court.

Attendees will enjoy an evening of shopping, fashion, fun and health information focusing on the importance of heart health.   In fact, Dr. Corrine Nawrocki*, family medicine physician and Chief-of-Staff Elect at Silver Cross Hospital, will lead an informative discussion on heart attack warning signs in women and what you can and should do to protect yourself from heart disease—the #1 cause of death among both men and women in the U.S.

Do you know your numbers? If not, make sure to stop by the Silver Cross table to have your blood pressure checked.  You can also register to win an amazing gift “red” basket from the Childerguild Gift Shop at Silver Cross (valued at $250).  But that’s not all!  Sign-up to become an I Matter member that night. You will not only receive a gift bag loaded with valuable coupons, health information and other goodies, but you will also be eligible to receive a discount card which can be redeemed at over 70 local businesses including several Orland Square Mall retailers including Cache, Eddie Bauer and Fannie May when you come to the Hospital for your annual mammogram or heart screening.

Paint the Mall Red guests will also enjoy an array of heart healthy refreshments, door prizes and more.  So pull put the red dress, skirt, or scarf and mark your calendars to attend. Oh yeah—and bring a friend too!

*Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.

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!

Protect Yourself Against Colorectal Cancer

Posted on : 02-11-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Cancer, Events, News

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States today and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the country. Oftentimes colorectal cancer can be detected and prevented if simple steps are followed. Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free lecture and screening to teach prevention and detection tips.

Free Program

Gastroenterologists Dr. Douglas Lee, Dr. Jeffrey Port, and Dr. Zahid Afzal, all from Southwest Gastroenterology, will share why it is important for men and women to have regular colorectal screenings beginning at age 50 at a free program on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  All participants will receive free colon cancer screening kits.  Refreshments will be provided with an opportunity to win gift certificates that are sponsored by Southwest Gastroenterology. Register to attend at or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

 “A majority of colorectal cancer cases can be cured when found and treated at an early stage, so regular screenings are very important,” said Dr. Douglas Lee, gastroenterologist, with Southwest Gastroenterology. 

Risk Factors

Researchers are learning more about what causes colon cancer and how it grows and progresses, however, no one knows the exact cause of colon cancer, but we do know some of the risk factors.

Research indicates that a high-fat diet, lack of fiber, inactivity, obesity, environmental exposure to carcinogens and genetic predisposition are factors. To help protect yourself, eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, exercise regularly and get screened before you experience symptoms.

Your chances of developing colon cancer are higher if you have any of the following:

•          History of large polyps (growths in the colon). A first-degree relative—mother, father, sister, or brother—who had colon cancer before 65 years of age.

•          A history of ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, or precancerous changes in the lining of the colon.

•          Colon cancer risk is noted at age 50. Most cases occur in people over 65 years of age. Fewer than 2 percent of cases occur in those individuals under 40 years of age.

Get Screening Before Symptoms

You may not know you have colorectal cancer because there are no warning signs in the early stages of the disease.  The concept of screening is being tested when a person is feeling fine and has no symptoms or problems. The best way to know if you have colorectal cancer—before you have symptoms—is to be screened for the disease.

Anyone can be stricken with colorectal cancer. Men and women over age 50 have the greatest risk. “You should have screenings earlier and more frequently if you have a family or personal history of colorectal cancer or polyps, or have a personal history of chronic inflammatory bowel disease,” says Dr. Lee.

However, when symptoms do occur, they may include:

  • any change in the usual pattern or frequency of bowel habits
  • diarrhea, constipation, or a feeling that your bowels have not emptied completely
  • blood in the stool that is either bright-red or very dark
  • stools that are narrower than usual
  • frequent gas pains, cramping, or bloating.

The majority of colon cancer cases begin as small, non-cancerous growths—called polyps—that can become cancerous over time. Polyps may appear in either the colon or the rectum, both of which are part of the large intestine. Fortunately, up to 90% of colon and rectal cancers can be prevented just by finding and removing polyps before they become a cancer.

For a referral to a physician who performs endoscopic surgery, click here or call the Silver Cross Physician Referral Service at 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.

You’re Raising My Blood Pressure!

Posted on : 02-05-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Health Tips, Heart Health, News

Nearly one in three Americans suffer from high blood pressure and does not know it due to the lack of symptoms. To help understand the causes and complications of hypertension, Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free program, You’re Raising My Blood Pressure!

 Join Dr. Priya Shastri*, family practice physician, to get a better insight into one of the most common and often undetected medical conditions facing us today—hypertension or high blood pressure. This free lecture will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Pavilion A, New Lenox at 6:30 p.m.  Participants will learn about the various causes, complications and treatments available to help control this condition. Register to attend at or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). 

“During this program, you will learn a lot of beneficial information and tools when it comes to understanding, caring for, and treating high blood pressure,” said Dr. Priya Shastri, family practice physician, at Silver Cross Hospital.

Signs you may suffer from high blood pressure include headaches, fatigue or confusion, vision problems, chest pain, difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, blood in the urine, and a pounding in your chest, neck, or ears. Leaving any of these symptoms uncared for could lead to serious diseases including stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, and eye problems.

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.