Updated: December 29, 2012 6:20AM
Palos Among America’s Best: Palos Community Hospital earned an elite place among HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals. Palos placed in the top 5 percent nationally and earned five-star designations in six specialties including cardiac care, cardiac surgery, coronary intervention, pulmonary care, gastrointestinal care and general surgery. Palos also ranked No. 1 in Illinois for overall cardiac care, cardiac surgery, coronary interventional procedures and cardiology services.
Girls Night Out: Franciscan St. James Health will host its second annual Spirit of Women Girls’ Night Out at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the hospital’s Olympia Fields campus, 20201 S. Crawford Ave. Jan Dravecky, author of “A Joy I’d Never Known,” will be the featured speaker. She is the wife of former San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky, who is known to baseball fans for his dramatic 1989 Major League comeback following cancer surgery on his pitching arm and his departure from the game after the cancer returned and resulted in the amputation of that arm. The couple established Dave Dravecky’s Outreach of Hope, a non-profit organization that provides hope to people whose lives have been devastated by cancer or amputation. The evening also will include free health screenings, refreshments, giveaways and raffles. Admission to Girls Night Out is free but reservations are required at (800) 785-2637 or www.FranciscanStJames.org.
Discounted Spa Services: To encourage women to be screened for breast cancer and osteoporosis, beginning this week, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd, New Lenox, is offering $10 off a one-hour massage or facial following a mammogram, breast ultrasound or bone densitometry scan. Spa services are performed by a licensed massage therapist or esthetician. Regularly priced at $60, one-hour massages and facials are payable by cash or check at time of appointment. The services are only available in conjunction with a screening or diagnostic test at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health. Appointments: (815) 300-7076.
Diabetes Information: A cardiologist will discuss “Peripheral Vascular Disease, A Complication of Diabetes” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1D23.
Neck, Back Pain: A neurologist will discuss acute neck and lower-back pain, their causes and symptoms as well as current treatment options at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Advocate Christ Outpatient Center, 12350 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1G47.
Veterans Health Fair: Orland Park will host its Veterans Health and Information Fair 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 South Ravinia Ave. “fair is a great centralized source of information for all veterans,” Mayor Dan McLaughlin said. “We’re bringing in health-related agencies as well as other groups that offer programs and services specifically for veterans,” he said. Scheduled participants include Hines VA Hospital, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Vet Center, Illinois Department of Employment Security Veteran Division, Veterans Outreach, Homes4Heroes, Federal Savings Bank—Vet Mortgages, Orland-Palos Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2604, Orland Memorial American Legion Post 111, Autumn Leaves—Assisted Living, Vitas, Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs, Orland Township, Sertoma, and Moraine Valley Community College. Information: (708) 403-6188.
Baby Care: Join the childbirth education class and learn about newborn care, breast and bottle feeding and infant safety. Couples are encouraged to bring a doll. Class is 6:45 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. The cost is $20 per couple for the one-session class. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1B07.
Autism Support Group: A free support group for parents or caregivers of children with autism meets 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29 at Trinity Evangelical Covenant Church, 9230 S. Pulaski Road, Oak Lawn. The group will help clarify misconceptions, answer questions, provide professional guidance and identify resources. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1P01.
Birthing Center Tours: Silver Cross Hospital offers birthing center tours for expectant families at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 22 at the new hospital campus, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Information: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Pelvic Pain: Join a urologist from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox, for a free program titled Women and Pelvic Problems. The urologist will discuss the common symptoms, causes and latest treatment options including surgical options using the da Vinci robot available to help find pain relief. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Bipolar Group: Silver Cross Hospital will host a free Bipolar Disease Support Group for people and family members coping with bipolar disease 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Information: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Blood Pressure: Silver Cross Hospital offers free blood pressure checks 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. Information: (708) 364-6337.
Influenza Vaccine: The Palos Township Health Service gives immunizations during clinic hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Friday, 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the facility, 10802 S. Roberts Road, Palos Hills. Appointments: (708) 598-2441.
Emotions Anonymous: A free 12-step program for people who have had or are having emotional difficulties meets 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at Calvary Lutheran Church, 11249 S. Spaulding Ave., Chicago, and at 11 a.m. Mondays at Our Saviors Lutheran Church (Kaufman Hall), 8607 S. Naragansett, Burbank.
Overeaters Anonymous: A free support group for people who are compulsive eaters meets 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at New Spirit Lutheran Church, 8600 S. Kilpatrick, Chicago.
Sharing The Journey: Small group sessions for people who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4660 W. 94th St., Oak Lawn. No registration required.
Prostate Cancer: A free support and education group for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and their families, meets 7 to 9 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the Conference Center of Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. No registration required. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1C15.