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Health Briefs for Feb. 5, 2014

Updated: March 6, 2014 6:33AM



Here is a look at health news in the Southland.

Da Vinci EndoWrist Stapler: Palos Community Hospital is the first Chicago-area hospital to perform minimally invasive abdominal procedures using this system, which aids surgeons performing advanced robotic-assisted procedures. The EndoWrist Stapler is being used for bowel resection, gastrectomy, appendectomy procedures, gynecological procedures including hysterectomy, urological procedures including prostatectomy and nephrectomy, and general surgery procedures. Information: paloscommunityhospital.org/davinci.

Blood Pressure Lecture: A dietitian talks about blood pressure control in “Bringing Down the Blood Pressure” at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Palos Heights Public Library, 12501 S. 71st Ave. Blood pressure checks will be offered. Information: (800) 323-8622, Code 1C76.

Art Journaling: This weekly program offers the chance to create a journal in a safe and supportive environment from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Wednesdays in February at the Cancer Support Center, 19150 S. Wolf Road, Mokena. All art supplies and journals will be provided. Information: (708) 478-3529.

Children’s Orthopedic Assessment Clinic: Oak Lawn Elks 2254 and Chicago South Elks 1596 in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation sponsors this free event from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Parkview Musculoskeletal Institute, 7600 W. College Drive, Palos Heights, by appointment only. Appointments: (800) 272-0074.

Kids Club: Ages 12 and younger come together for activities and conversation about cancer in their lives from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays in February at the Cancer Support Center, 19150 S. Wolf Road, Mokena. All supplies and snacks will be provided. Registration is required at (708) 478-3529.

Women And Heart Disease: A cardiologist gives the facts about heart disease and what women need to do to prevent heart attacks at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Bereavement Support Group: VITAS Innovative Hospice Care offers bereavement support groups to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. All groups are free and offer day and evening sessions. A monthly ongoing bereavement support group, Coping With Loss, is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the first Thursday and 6:30 to 8 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the VITAS office, 8525 W. 183rd St., Suite M, Tinley Park. Registration: (708) 781-4400.

Guided Imagery: This weekly class teaches how to experience the healing benefits of relaxation with gentle music and a guided meditation from 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays in February at the Cancer Support Center, 19150 S. Wolf Road, Mokena. Information: (708) 478-3529.

Sight Impaired Support: People who are coping with visual impairment can turn to Orland Area Sight Impaired Support, which provides support and independent living workshops. OASIS meets at 12:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at Orland Park Church, 7500 W. Sycamore Drive. Information: (708) 460-6573.

Men’s Cancer Group: The Cancer Support Center, 19150 S. Wolf Road, Mokena, hosts this group for men with cancer to share questions, concerns and experiences of living with cancer from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays in February. Information: (708) 478-3529.

Blood Pressure Screenings: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, hosts these free screenings from 9 to 11 a.m. the first and third Friday of the month. No appointment is necessary. Information: (708) 403-4222.

Balanced Diet For Life: This presentation about the importance of a balanced diet takes place from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Friday at the University of Chicago Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, 1850 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Information: (708) 478-3529.

Alzheimer’s And Dementia Support Group: Hallelujah Temple, 1 Dogwood St., Park Forest, hosts this meeting at 6 p.m. the first Friday of each month. The group of caregivers, family and friends of people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder meets for free programs on education and support. Information: Carolyn Prince, (708) 699-6682.

Sibling Class: Silver Cross Hospital offers this class for ages 3 to 6 who are about to become a brother or sister from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Children will learn about what to expect including how to handle their feelings toward their new sibling and practice interacting with a baby. Cost is $20 per child. Information: (888) 660-4325.

Heart Discussion: A doctor leads “Heart Rhythm: Normal and Abnormal” at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Advocate Christ Medical Center’s Conference center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Both blood pressure screening and electrocardiogram testing will be available during the program. Registration is recommended but not required. Registration: (800) 323-8622, Code 1C74.

Healthy Living And Deep Relaxation: Participants can learn how stress affects health and well-being and practice ways to reduce stress and achieve a sense of relaxation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Feb. 17 at the Cancer Support Center, 19150 S. Wolf Road, Mokena. Information: (708) 478-3529.

The Plumbing And Wiring Of Your Heart: An electrophysiologist and a cardiologist explain how the heart works, how various heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure are treated and the symptoms that signal the need to see a physician at this free presentation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Palos Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. Registration: (708) 226-2300.

Gentle Yoga And Meditation: This class offers a serene setting with some outdoor walking and sitting meditation, if weather permits, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, and Feb. 18 and 25 at 19224 S. Schoolhouse Road, Mokena. Information: (708) 478-3529.

Tibetan Bowl Group: Space is limited for this Tibetan bowl sound bath group that meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at 19224 Schoolhouse Road, Mokena. Vibrational sound with singing bowls works with the energy field that extends from one’s physical body and relaxes the brains waves into alpha and theta frequencies. It is called bath because the bodies are being bathed in sound. Registration: (708) 478-3529.

Heart Failure Discussion: A cardiologist discusses the signs, symptoms and management of heart failure at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Blood pressure and oxygen saturation screenings will be available. Information: (800) 323-8622, Code 1C63.

Prenatal Class: Silver Cross Hospital offers a free two-session prenatal childbirth class for expectant mothers with Medicaid or no insurance from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Feb. 18 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Led by a registered labor and delivery nurse, participants will learn about labor, delivery, recovery, the postpartum period and other birthing options. Class size is limited. Registration is mandatory. Information: (888) 660-4325.

Bipolar Disease Support Group: Silver Cross Hospital hosts this free group for individuals and family members coping with bipolar disease from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Feb. 25 at 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Better Breathers Support Group: Field experts offer topics relating to lung disease and lung health at the Ingalls Better Breathers Club. The free support group is intended for both patients and their families. Better Breathers meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Ingalls Family Care Center, 19550 Governors Highway, Flossmoor. Information: (708) 915-8850.

Wellness Program Vouchers: Orland Township residents in need of medical services may purchase a discounted wellness program voucher at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, during office hours. Proof of residency is required. The wellness program offers services such as adult and children’s physicals, podiatry screenings, dental screenings, dental examinations, cleanings and X-rays, nutrition consultations, vision examinations and chiropractic examinations at up to a 50 percent discount. Information: (708) 403-4222.

Stroke Support Group: Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox, hosts this Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute group for stroke survivors, family members and caregivers from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 12. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Caregivers Support: The Ingalls Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation hosts a monthly caregivers support group to help caregivers connect with others, share ideas, problem solve and receive support to get through the rough times. The free program meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Ingalls Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation, 1551 Huntington Drive, Calumet City. Information: Janine Alfirevic, (708) 915-4726.

Breast-feeding Class: A certified lactation consultant teaches the basics including establishing a milk supply, breast pumps and avoiding difficulties from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12 and 26 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Cost is $15. Information: (888) 660-4325.

Crohn’s And Colitis Support: The Illinois Carol Fisher Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America offers a support group for people with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. The group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Enterprise Title Services, 11301 S. Harlem Ave., Worth. Information: (800) 886-6664.

Paramedics’ Stroke Conference: Registration is required by Feb. 14 for Silver Cross Emergency Medical Services System’s free event for paramedics interested in increasing their knowledge of neurovascular trauma and stroke. The conference is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Information: www.silvercross.org/neuro or (815) 300-7426.

Pulmonary Support: A free group for individuals battling a lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema and patients on oxygen or experiencing shortness of breath meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. the third Monday of each month in the Advocate Christ Medical Center Conference Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. No registration is required. Information: Christ Medical Center’s Health Advisor at (800) 323-8622, Code IC22.

Heart Attack Basics: A cardiologist offers a free presentation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Palos Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park, about heart attack symptoms for men and women and when the call to 911 should be made. Registration: (708) 226-2300.

Sharing The Journey: People who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives meet from 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 is required. Information: (708) 423-1040.

Bereavement Support Group: Parents who have experienced the death of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month in the Advocate Christ Medical Center Conference Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Registration: Christ Medical Center’s Health Advisor at (800) 323-8622, Code 1M03.

Postpartum Support: Resources that will allow new mothers to become more knowledgeable about postpartum depression, its causes and available treatment options are available at this free support group. In addition, mothers also will have the opportunity to talk, listen and share their experiences with other women experiencing similar feelings. The group meets at 10 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Advocate Christ Medical Center Conference Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Information: (708) 684-1333.

Blood Pressure Screenings: Bloom Township and Complete Home Health Services offer free blood pressure screenings from 10 to 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Bloom Township Senior Department, 425 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. Information: (708) 754-9400.

Breast Prosthesis Display: Women who have undergone a mastectomy have the opportunity to evaluate prosthesis options through this display from 6 to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care, 4545 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn. Information or registration: Christ Medical Center’s Health Advisor at (800) 323-8622, Code 1C11.

Grief Support For Men: Ingalls Health System offers the monthly free grief support group Straight Talk for men who have experienced the loss of a spouse or significant other. Men deal with grief differently from women. The free support group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month in Ingalls Memorial Hospital’s North Building, 1 Ingalls Drive, Harvey. Registration is required. Information: (708) 331-1360.

Stroke Support: A free group for stroke survivors, their family and friends meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the Advocate Christ Medical Center Conference Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. No registration is required. Information: (800) 323-8622, Code 1X08.

Breast Cancer Support: A free group for women who have a history of breast cancer and their families meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care, 4545 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn. No registration is required. Information: Christ Medical Center’s Health Advisor at (800) 323-8622, Code 1C14.

Total Lipid Profile Testing: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, hosts this testing from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Feb. 20. A nine- to 12-hour fast is required. However, participants should drink water prior to the lipid test. Test price is $25 for residents or $30 for nonresidents. Free blood pressure and glucose testing for an additional $5 are also available on this day. An appointment is necessary. Participants must bring proof of residency. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.

High Blood Pressure Discussion: A cardiologist and dietitian discuss high blood pressure and the use of diet to control the condition from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave. Blood pressure and oxygen saturation screenings will be available. Information: (800) 323-8622, Code 1C75.

Art And Relaxation: Participants learn how to use art as a relaxation tool in this interactive and calming group from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Feb. 21 at the University of Chicago Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, 1850 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Information: (708) 478-3529.

Cholesterol Screenings: Palos Township Health Service offers cholesterol screenings Feb. 24 at Palos Township, 10802 S. Roberts Road, Palos Hills. Hemoglobin A1C testing for blood sugar control is offered for $10 for residents and $15 for those out of township. Cholestech screening is $35 for residents and $45 for nonresidents. Appointments: (708) 598-2441.

Spinal Cord Injury Group: A free support group for individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families and friends meets with other individuals for networking, problem solving and information from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Registration is required. Information: Christ Medical Center’s Health Advisor at (800) 323-8622, Code 1G05. Information for those who need assistance entering the building: (708) 684-5402.

Diabetes And Heart Disease: An endocrinologist discusses the risks and management of diabetes in patients with heart disease at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index will be offered. Information: (800) 323-8622, Code 1D28.

Vascular Health: A board-certified vascular surgeon discusses diseases affecting arteries and veins and when to see a physician at this free presentation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Palos Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. Registration: (708) 226-2300.

Stroke And Arrhythmia Discussion: A cardiologist who specializes in electrophysiology discusses how to reduce the risk of stroke through treatment and management of arrhythmias at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in Advocate Christ Medical Center’s Conference center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Participants can take advantage of blood pressure screenings and electrocardiogram testing. Information: (800) 323-8622, Code 1C55.

Colon Cancer Screening: A gastroenterologist shares why it’s important for men and women to have regular colorectal screenings beginning at age 50 at this free program at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Participants will receive free colon cancer screening kits. Registration: www.silvercross.org or (888) 660-4325.

Breast Cancer Support Group: The American Cancer Society and Silver Cross Hospital host I Can Cope, a program for women facing breast cancer, from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health library, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or imatter.silvercross.org.

Wellness Wednesday: Orland Township hosts this from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 26 in the Orland Township Activity Center, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. An appointment is necessary. Residents can have their blood pressure checked for no cost and glucose levels checked by a registered medical professional for $5. A basic cholesterol screening is offered for $5, and the test requires a nine- to 12-hour fast. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.

Bariatric Support Group: Silver Cross Hospital in partnership with BMI Surgery hosts this free group for individuals who have undergone weight-loss surgery from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 26 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. First-time participants should call (815) 717-8744. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

High Blood Pressure: A family practice physician gives insight into hypertension or high blood pressure, one of the most common and often undetected medical conditions at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Participants will learn about the causes, complications and treatments available. Registration: www.silvercross.org or (888) 660-4325.

Breast-feeding Support Group: Silver Cross Birthing Center’s certified lactation consultants host this free group from 10:30 a.m. to noon for English-speaking mothers and 12:30 to 2 p.m. for Spanish-speaking mothers Feb. 28 in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Screenings, Sweets And Savings: In recognition of National Heart Month, Silver Cross Hospital offers discounted baseline cardiac risk assessment and calcium artery scoring screenings for individuals and couples who call during February to schedule an appointment. Tests are available at Silver Cross Hospital locations at 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox, and 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. Patients also receive a complimentary box of Dan’s Homemade Candies and discounts at Orland Square Mall in Orland Park and other local businesses. Cash, check or credit or debit card will be accepted at appointments. Insurance will not be billed. Appointments: (815) 300-7076.

Mental Health First Aid Training: This eight-hour course takes place from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 1 at Sertoma Centre, 4331 W. Lincoln Highway, Matteson. The course teaches how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Registration: March1MHFA.eventbrite.com, dharris@sertomacentre.org or (708) 748-1951, Ext. 419.

Grief Support Group: The Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization conducts a grief support group for parents and family of anyone who has died as a result of a drug overdose. The group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at First Apostolic Church, 15609 W. 159th St., Lockport. Information: theherofoundation.org.

Immunization Clinic: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, hosts its monthly immunization clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. March 8. Free immunizations are offered to Orland Township residents. Some eligibility requirements may apply. Information: orlandtwp.org.

Lemont High School Cardiac Screenings: With the support of donors, the school is partnering with Young Hearts for Life and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital to offer free screenings for all Lemont High School students whose parents or guardians authorize them to be tested during the school day on March 14. Registration: lhs210.net.

Total Lipid Profile Testing: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, hosts this testing from 8:30 to 11 a.m. March 20. A nine- to 12-hour fast is required. However, participants should drink water prior to the lipid test. Test price is $25 for residents or $30 for nonresidents. Free blood pressure and glucose testing for an additional $5 are also available on this day. An appointment is necessary. Participants must bring proof of residency. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.

Wellness Wednesday: Orland Township hosts this from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. March 26 in the Orland Township Activity Center, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. An appointment is necessary. Residents can have their blood pressure checked for no charge and glucose levels checked by a registered medical professional for $5. A basic cholesterol screening is offered for $5, and the test requires a nine- to 12-hour fast. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.

Immunization Clinic: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, hosts its monthly immunization clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. April 8. Free immunizations are offered to Orland Township residents. Some eligibility requirements may apply. Information: orlandtwp.org.



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