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Health briefs for April 2, 2014

Updated: May 3, 2014 6:16AM



Blood Pressure Screening: Silver Cross will offer free blood pressure checks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily in April at the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call (708) 364-6337.

Bariatric Surgery Program: Free “Obesity & Your Health: Is Weight-Loss Surgery Right for Me?” informational sessions on both traditional and laparoscopic surgery take place at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays at BMI Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Suite 260, New Lenox. To attend, visit www.bmisurgery.org or call (888) 660-4325.

Hysterectomy Seminar: Dr. John McInerney will discuss women’s health issues and treatments available, including nonsurgical options and minimally invasive options using the da Vinci Surgical System, from 6 to 8 p.m. April 3 at Palos Community Hospital Auditorium, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights. Registration is required; call (708) 226-2300.

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.

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 Thursdays of every month at Orland Park Church, 7500 W. Sycamore Drive. Information: (708) 460-6573.

Prepared Childbirth Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a three-week Prepared Childbirth Class from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays from April 3 to 17 at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. The cost is $80 per couple. Information or to register: visit www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or call (888) 660-4325.

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.

Scoliosis Screenings: Dr. Anthony Rinella, spine surgeon, will offer free scoliosis screenings Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. To register, call (877) 694-7722. The screenings are free and available for children and adults.

Sibling Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a Sibling Class for children ages 3 to 6 who are about to become a brother or sister. The class is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 6 at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. The cost is $20 per child. Information or to register: visit www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or call (888) 660-4325.

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.

Birthing Center Tours: Silver Cross Hospital will offer free birthing center tours for expectant families at 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox, at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in April and at 7 p.m. April 8 and 22. Information or to register: visit www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or call (888) 660-4325.

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.

Overeaters Anonymous: A special newcomers meeting is held at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 8607 S. Narragansett Ave., Burbank. Contact Rose Marie at (708) 371-6673. For more information, visit www.oa.org or call (505) 891-2664.

Breastfeeding Class: A certified lactation consultant will teach the basics of breastfeeding, including establishing a milk supply, breast pumps, avoiding difficulties and more, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 9 and 23 at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Cost is $15 per person. Information or to register: visit www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or call (888) 660-4325.

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.

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.

Breastfeeding Support Group: The Silver Cross Birthing Center’s certified lactation consultants will host free support group meetings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 14 and 10:30 a.m. to noon April 25. A Spanish-speaking support group will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. April 24. All meetings will take place in the hospital’s conference center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. First-time participants should register in advance. Information or to register: visit www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or call (888) 660-4325.

Rehabilitation Seminar: Orland Township will host a free vestibular rehabilitation seminar at 6:30 p.m. April 15 at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. The seminar will educate residents about treatment options available for vertigo and dizziness. The seminar is free but registration is required. Call (708) 403-4222 no later than April 13 to reserve a spot.

Blood Pressure Screening: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, hosts a free blood pressure screening from 9 to 11 a.m. April 18. No appointment is necessary. Information: (708) 403-4222.

Prenatal Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a free Prenatal Childbirth class for expectant mothers with Medicaid or no insurance. The two-session class will be from 6 to 9 p.m. April 22 and 29 at Silver Cross Hospital, Pavilion A, Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Class size is limited and registration is mandatory. Information or to register: visit www.silvercross.org/specialdeliveries or call (888) 660-4325.

Wellness Wednesday: Orland Township hosts this from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 23 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.

Senior CPR Class: Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, will host a free senior CPR class for residents 55 and older at 1 p.m. May 13. The class will be led by an instructor from the Orland Fire Protection District, and certification cards will be distributed upon completion. To reserve a seat, call (708) 403-4222 by May 9.

Health Fair Screenings: Loyola Medicine’s mobile unit will be at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 22 to conduct heart disease, stroke and aneurysm screenings. The following six tests will be available for $179: echocardiogram (ECHO) ultrasound test, electrocardiogram (EKG), hardening of the arteries (ASI) test, stroke/carotid artery ultrasound test, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) test, and the abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound. A five-year disease risk and lipid panel also will be available for $99, with results given on the spot. Both packages can be combined for $20 off. An appointment is needed. Call (855) 441-8378. To receive $10 off the six-test package, use coupon code: LOYOLAMEDICINE10.

Sleep Disorders Assessment: Having trouble sleeping? Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center now offers a free online risk assessment at www.silvercross.org/sleepdisorderscenter.

Stroke Risk Assessment: Find out if you are at risk for a stroke and what you can do to prevent a stroke from occurring by taking the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute’s free stroke risk assessment at www.silvercross.org/neuro.

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.



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