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PERSPECTIVE A quarterly journal with the latest news, stories and updates

Fall 2016

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Palos Hospital Awarded Blue DistinctionÂŽ Center+ Designation for Cardiac and Maternity Care Taking Down Cancer and Finishing Strong An Effective Way to Screen for Lung Cancer

Improving Quality of Life During Illness: Palliative Care


Faisal Khan, D.D.S.

Leonard Spishakoff, M.D.

Board certified and specializing in Emergency Medicine, completed his residency at Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, IL, where he also received his medical degree. Dr. Borrelli is affiliated with Emergency Medical Associates of Palos, Ltd.

Specializing in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, completed his residency at St. John Health System/ Macomb Hospital in Warren, MI. He received his medical degree from University of Michigan School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor. Dr. Khan is affiliated with Midland Oral Surgery and Implant Centers, Ltd., 7625 W. 159th St., Tinley Park.

Board certified in Family and Addiction medicine, specializing in Addiction Medicine, completed his residency at St. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center/University of Illinois. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Dr. Spishakoff is affiliated with Palos Medical Group, 12255 S. 80th Ave., Suite 202, Palos Heights.

Sarika Chopra, M.D. Board certified in Internal Medicine and specializing in Nephrology, completed her residency at University of Connecticut Health Center and fellowship at University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pomona, CA. Dr. Chopra is affiliated with Kidney Care Center South, LLC, 10508 S. Roberts Road, Palos Hills.

Margaret Liotta, D.O. Board certified and specializing in Gynecologic Oncology, completed her residency at Loyola University Medical Center and fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic. She received her medical degree from Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center. Dr. Liotta is affiliated with Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, and sees patients at Palos Primary Care, 15300 West Avenue, Orland Park.

Michael DeVito, D.P.M. Board certified and specializing in Podiatry, completed his residency at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago and fellowship at Chatham Foot Specialists/ Doctors Hospital of Hyde Park. He received his medical degree from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago. Dr. DeVito is affiliated with Pronger Smith Medical, 17495 S. La Grange Rd., Tinley Park.

Ronald Potkul, M.D. Board certified and specializing in Gynecologic Oncology, completed his residency at University of Chicago Hospitals and fellowship at Georgetown University Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago. Dr. Potkul is affiliated with Loyola University Medical Center and sees patients at Palos Palos Primary Care, 15300 West Avenue, Orland Park.

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Saira Syed, D.O. Specializing in Pediatrics, completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her medical degree from Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Syed is affiliated with George Skarpathiotis, M.D., 7110 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights.

Maitrayee Vadali, M.D. Specializing in Cardiology and board certified in Internal Medicine, completed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She received her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. Dr. Vadali is affiliated with Cardiovascular Care Consultants, S.C., 4950 95th Street, Oak Lawn.


Avni Vora, M.D. Board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and specializing in Endocrinology, completed her residency at University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Vora is affiliated with Palos Medical Group, 15300 West Avenue, Suite 225, Orland Park.

The physicians listed or quoted, while having privileges, are not employees or agents of Palos Health unless they are specifically identified as such.

Perspective is a publication of Palos Health 12251 S. 80th Avenue Palos Heights, IL 60463 708.923.4000

President and CEO: Terrence Moisan, M.D. Editor: Heather Mascarello Design: Osborn & DeLong

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Palos Offers Lung Cancer Screening Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, claiming the lives of more people each year than colon, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers combined. New research has shown that an annual screening test known as low-dose CT (LDCT) is the most effective tool to diagnose this lethal cancer early and increase the chances of survival. Palos Health is committed to bringing awareness and accessibility to the community by offering low-dose CT lung cancer screening to all individuals at high risk for developing lung cancer.

Is this screening for you? The lung cancer screen is covered by Medicare and is offered to current or former smokers who meet the following criteria. I You are age 55-77. I You do not have any signs or symptoms of lung cancer.

Respiratory Health Association’s Courage to Quit Program

I You’re a current smoker or have quit within the last 15 years. I You have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 “pack years” (average of one pack a day for 30 years). A written order from your physician or qualified non-physician practitioner is required. A shared decision meeting with the primary physician is recommended in order to fully understand the benefits and risks of smoking and also the importance of follow up care for the low-dose lung screening. For those who qualify, a low dose CT screening test is recommended annually until the age of 77.

How is low-dose CT (LDCT) performed? I LDCT is fast, painless, and noninvasive. I You simply lie on your back

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on the examination table, which then moves quickly through a cylindrical scanner that takes 3-D pictures of your lungs in a matter of seconds. I LDCT uses up to 90 percent less radiation than a conventional chest CT.

Results A radiologist will interpret your images and send a report to your personal physician who can then coordinate any required follow up testing or treatment.

Schedule your screening Patients who meet the screening guidelines are encouraged to call Palos at (708) 827-2030 to schedule an appointment. Please note that a physician’s or qualified non-physician practitioner’s order is required.

This is a free program. Classes will be held at Palos Hospital 12251 S. 80th Ave. Palos Heights, IL 60463 For additional information or to register, call (708) 226-2300.


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CONVENIENT ACCESS TO YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION Earlier this year, Palos Health began using MyChart, a medical software program that allows patients to securely access their health information online at any time. MyChart also helps facilitate easier communication with physicians and keeps track of upcoming appointments. All that is needed is Internet access and an up-to-date browser (such as Internet Explorer).

MyChart also provides proxy access to a family member’s medical record. If you are a parent or legal guardian, you may log in to that patient’s MyChart account to connect to their medical information. Simply complete a Proxy Consent Form (available at the hospital and at Palos Medical Group offices) and return it to one of our medical facilities to request access to this convenient service.

I Access trusted health information resources.

Palos takes great care to ensure all health information is kept private and secure. Access to online information is controlled through secure activation codes, personal usernames, and passwords. Each user controls his or her own password, and the account cannot be accessed without that password. Unlike conventional e-mail, all MyChart messaging is done while you are securely logged on to the Palos website.

I Communicate electronically and securely with their medical care team.

Questions about MyChart? Email us at PalosMyChart@PalosComm.org.

With MyChart, patients can: I Request medical appointments. I View test results.


I Request prescription renewals.

To get started with MyChart, request an access code at your next hospital visit or sign up online at MyChart.PalosHealth.com.

MyChart Your Health Information

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Better Quality of Life During Illness: Eight Common Questions About Palliative Care Discomfort, difficulty breathing and nausea are just a few distressing symptoms experienced by someone suffering from a serious illness. Fortunately, a rapidly growing medical subspecialty called Palliative Care can be combined with current medical treatments to address and even alleviate symptoms for patients. Palliative Care can prevent and ease suffering and improve quality of life at all stages of illness, and is suitable for any age. For several years, Palos Hospital has offered Palliative and Supportive Care in the inpatient setting; this summer, Palos opened a new Outpatient Clinic to better support patients and families in our community. Below are eight commonly asked questions about Palliative and Supportive Care with helpful answers that further explain the benefits for you or a loved one.

What is palliative care? Palliative care addresses the physical, emotional and social aspects of serious illness. At Palos the Palliative and Supportive team is made up of doctors, advanced practice nurses and social workers that collaborate with other departments—

including Interventional Radiology, Cancer Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health--to provide patient-centered care that is tailored to the needs of the patient and family.

Is palliative care only for end stage illnesses? Many people confuse palliative care with hospice or end-of-life care. Instead, palliative care fo-

cuses on improving quality of life through symptom management and support for the patient and family from diagnosis to all stages of illness. The new clinic at Palos aligns with the hospital’s vision of a continuum of care that reaches beyond hospital walls, meeting the needs of patients that are not hospitalized. The Clinic is able to offer an extra layer of support for patients and their families.

WHAT IS PALLIATIVE CARE? Care for patients with serious illnesses and their families Can be given in homes, health centers, hospitals and hospices Improves quality of life

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Helps patients by reducing unnecesary hospital visits Relieves physical, psychological and spiritual suffering Can be done by many types of health care professionals


How soon after diagnosis can patients receive palliative care?

What emotional symptoms does palliative care address?

According to recent studies published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, receiving palliative care soon after a diagnosis can result in better outcomes for patients. A component of palliative care is to help patients and families understand the nature of the illness and make timely, informed decisions about their care. Many patients report improved quality of life and ability to function as well as a better understanding of their options and a greater feeling of control. Families and caregivers experience less stress and greater satisfaction with care.

Palliative care can help address distressing symptoms like grief and depression. The Palliative and Supportive Care team is trained to distinguish between normal preparatory grieving and clinical depression and offer timely treatment to improve mood and sense of hope.

Can palliative care benefit patients with chronic diseases? Palliative care can help those with cancer, cardiac diseases such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and many others. Critically ill patients in intensive care are also good candidates.

What symptoms can palliative care help alleviate? A number of symptoms affect patients with chronic and severe illness, including nausea, fatigue and shortness of breath. The Palliative Care team at Palos can help identify and address these symptoms and others. The goal is always to improve quality of life, and in many cases that means helping manage pain, whether it is due to cancer or chronic illnesses.

How can palliative care improve communication with physicians? Excellent communication skills are important when dealing with a serious illness, and palliative care professionals are trained to assist in complex exchanges. Team members at Palos partner with health care practitioners to help reinforce caring and compassionate communication that will be well received by patients and their families. By working together, palliative care practitioners can promote understanding between everyone involved and guide patients and families through decisions about the degree of care desired.

Can palliative care shorten hospital stays? Palliative and Supportive Care specialists work closely with the patient, his or her family, physicians and nurses to identify objective of care. One result of this shared goal setting can be reduced time in the hospital or other health care setting.

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Beginning Palliative Care at Palos Beginning the palliative care process at Palos is easy. Patients can receive a referral from their physician or simply call the clinic and request an appointment. At the first appointment, patient needs are identified and discussed, and options are reviewed for symptom management. Patients receive assistance in establishing individualized goals of care, and regular follow up meetings are scheduled. Patients and their families at Palos will know they have help and support to better manage the symptoms of their illness and experience greater relief from pain and discomfort.

Palliative and Supportive Care Clinic — Palos Hospital 12255 S. 80th Ave., Suite 204, Palos Heights Tuesdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, please call: 708.923.4943.


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Stroke survivor Patricia on the golf course with friends and family.

Stroke Survivor Back

in the Swing of Things Palos Heights resident Patricia has always enjoyed an active social life, whether that means spending time with family, meeting friends to play sports or volunteering in the community. One night, after a successful game of bridge with friends, she said her goodbyes and drove home. While getting ready for bed just a few minutes later, her left side went numb, and she ended up falling in her bathroom. Momentarily stunned, Patricia suspected she was having a stroke. Lying on the floor and in pain from the fall, she “knew she had to do something.” Patricia has lived on her own since her husband passed away, and although two daughters live close by, no

one would be visiting her any time soon. With her cell phone on the kitchen counter, there was only one option: use her good foot to push herself 25 feet across the floor to reach her phone and call for help. “I must have quit three or four times,” said Patricia. Unable to move her left side, she could only move a few inches at a time. Exhausted, she finally reached her phone half an hour later and called Siri®, the voice searching tool installed on newer iPhones. Siri® called 911 and connected Patricia with a dispatcher, who contacted paramedics. Patricia was taken to the Palos Hospital Emergency Department where she was evaluated by

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medical staff. Although late at night, she was examined by a stroke specialist using Palos’s new telemedicine robot. “I remember being at Palos, talking to a doctor that looked like R2D2 from Star Wars.” In reality, Patricia was speaking to a neurologist remotely based at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Palos’s clinical affiliation with Loyola offers patients round-theclock access to stroke specialists. When stroke patients are brought to Palos, neurologists at Loyola can see, hear and talk to them, as well as to family members, Palos Emergency Department staff and physicians. Equipped with a microphone and a full-color, highdefinition camera, the robot


instantly transmits electronic medical records, lab results and images such as CT scans over a secure, high-speed internet connection. The communication system helps expedite care to stroke patients, for whom time is critical. Rochelle Sweis, D.O., medical director of Loyola University Medical Center’s stroke telemedicine program, said real time consultations between Loyola neurolo-

After being evaluated at Palos, Patricia was taken to Loyola’s ICU, where she was treated for stroke as well as atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm). After a few days, she began rehabilitation, and just a couple weeks later she went home, continuing rehab as an outpatient for several months. “I’m back to doing everything I love, including visiting friends and family, playing golf and serving on the board of the Woman’s Club.”

Although Patricia is happy to have her stroke ordeal behind her, she is glad for the care and attention she received from everyone involved, including what she calls her guardian angel. “The day I had my stroke was the same day we buried my husband seven years earlier. I feel that he was there, somehow helping me get to my phone, encouraging me not to give up.”

a stroke, time is brain.

I Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech

The sooner the patient

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is treated, the better

I Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination

the outcome will be.” gists and Palos physicians help to determine the most appropriate care for each individual patient. “When a patient has a stroke, time is brain,” Dr. Sweis explains. “The sooner the patient is treated, the better the outcome will be, and that was certainly the case in this situation.”

I Sudden severe headache with no known cause According to the Centers for Disease Control, stroke is the leading cause of serious, longterm disability (CDC). A stroke occurs when needed blood is cut off to the brain, resulting in cell death. In order to preserve as many cells as possible, it’s important to make every minute count. The sooner someone suffering a stroke makes it to the hospital, the less likely it is that there will be serious, lasting complications. Recovery is more rapid as well. An easy way to remember the signs and symptoms of stroke is the American Stroke Association’s F.A.S.T. acronym, shown above. Other symptoms to be aware of include:

Patricia demonstrates how she called “Siri” to get help during her stroke.

I Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

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If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms for more than a few minutes, call 911 immediately. Don’t wait! Every minute counts with a stroke.

Be Prepared Time is critical, so have a plan in place should you experience any of the above symptoms. Ask your doctor or look for hospitals in your area that are primary stroke centers with 24-hour emergency care. The Illinois Department of Public Health has designated Palos Hospital as an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital (ESRH). The FAST acronym is a copyright of American Heart Association and American Stroke Association


Palos Hospital Awarded Blue Distinction® Center+ Designation for Cardiac and Maternity Care Palos Health was pleased to be named a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) Blue Distinction® Center+ in both Cardiac and Maternity Care. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities that have been shown to deliver improved safety and better health outcomes for patients. Quality is key: only those facilities that first meet nationally established quality measures for Blue Distinction Centers were considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+.

Palos is proud to receive a Blue Distinction® Center+ designation for Cardiac Care

Palos is proud to receive a Blue Distinction® Center+ designation for Maternity Care

Palos Health’s recognition is awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois for expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care.

Palos Health’s recognition is awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois for expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care.

A Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

“Palos is committed to providing quality cardiac and maternity care, and these distinctions highlight our dedication to our patients.” Terrence Moisan, M.D., President and CEO For more information about the program, please visit www.bcbsil.com/bluedistinction. FALL 2016



PALOS HEALTH TO REDEVELOP SOUTH CAMPUS Palos Health recently revealed plans for the redevelopment of its South Campus at 153rd and West Avenue in Orland Park. Once completed, the location will offer more advanced, expanded health care services to the surrounding community. “Palos Health is excited to begin our South Campus expansion,” said Timothy Brosnan, vice president of Planning and Community Relations. “Once completed, the updated and enlarged facility will provide improved health care and a better overall experience for patients in the southwest suburbs.”

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To meet the growing demand for outpatient care, the updated facility will include physician offices, as well as diagnostic and treatment areas for a variety of medical specialties. A total of $133 million will be invested, incorporating the latest in medical technology. Renovations will integrate new construction with remodeling of existing structures, allowing Palos to continue to partner with local providers and other agencies to improve access to health care for area residents. Completion is planned for early 2019.



A WINNING TEAM: CANCER SURVIVOR CREDITS KEY PLAYERS IN FIGHTING DISEASE Meeting the Opponent A lifelong sports lover, Mike Carroll enjoyed the camaraderie and encouragement that come from being part of a team. But, a surprising colon cancer diagnosis challenged—and ultimately strengthened—his team-player mentality, causing Mike to realize the importance of having the right people in the right positions during life’s toughest challenges. It was the day before Christmas Eve, 2011, and Mike was preparing to host family at his Tinley Park home. He had been trying to ignore the fatigue and difficulty breathing that he experienced whenever he exerted himself. A former high school and college athlete--wrestling and playing football for Hubbard High School in Chicago and North Central College in Naperville--Mike was used to powering through pain and exhaustion in order to achieve a goal. Still, it was hard to ignore his recent weight loss and drop in energy. Mike’s wife, Lori, was concerned. But getting her ex-jock husband to admit there was a problem, let alone go to the doctor, was difficult. When heart issues were ruled out, a blood test was ordered in the hope of getting answers. On the morning of December 23, the results were in: Mike was severely anemic and needed an immediate blood transfusion. Mike reluctantly went to Palos Hospital’s Emergency Department where he received five units of blood. But the question remained--why was he so anemic? A colonoscopy and endoscopy were scheduled, and when the results came back, they confirmed the doctor’s suspicions—Mike had stage 3 colon cancer. In late January 2012, Mike returned to Palos where surgeon Ijaz Qayyum, M.D, removed two feet of his FALL 2016

Mike Carroll with wife Lori, and daughters Lauren (far left) and Ashley (far right).

colon along with a grapefruit-sized tumor and 13 of his lymph nodes. Not one to stay down for long, Mike was up and walking around the next morning. “I was determined to get out of bed as soon as I was able and get back to normal life. Everyone at Palos was very supportive in making that happen.”

A Face Off with Cancer at Palos Hospital Although home in just a few days, Mike’s oncologist, M. Mufaddal Hamadeh, M.D., told him that his best treatment option would be six months of aggressive chemotherapy. Since the cancer was at a later stage, this meant returning to Palos every other week for a 50 hour chemotherapy drip. When Mike heard the news, his past athletic training kicked in and he prepared to “fight” cancer. “Every treatment was like getting ready for a game. I would mentally prepare, telling myself I was going to go in and kick cancer’s butt.” Mike also had a strong support system to see him through the weeks ahead. Lori and daughters Lauren and Ashley, as well as many other family



members and friends, rallied around him and encouraged him with calls, visits and positive messages. “We tried to make Dad’s hospital stays feel more like a regular night at home,” said Ashley. “We would talk about sports or watch games on TV, and celebrated treatment milestones to help him stay positive.” Another important player on Mike’s team was nurse navigator, Becky Johnson. At Palos, oncology nurse navigators help patients by preparing them for cancer treatments and by providing ongoing education and support. They also help facilitate interactions between patients and physicians, provide logistical support, secure referrals and identify resources. Mike and Palos nurse navigator Becky Johnson

Becky quickly formed a connection with Mike and his family, who she describes as, “an extension of our work family here at Palos.” According to Mike, “Becky is an example of my belief that it's easy to be positive when you are surrounded by positive. She was part of my "mojo" that helped me get through cancer.”

Symptoms and Signs of Colorectal Cancer Colorectal cancer may cause one or more of the following symptoms:

Winning the Fight Mike’s treatments ended in September, 2012. “It was very emotional to say goodbye to everyone at Palos. They made a difficult situation easier, and I know they are a big part of why I’m still here today.” As Becky explains, “Part of being a nurse navigator is to be part of our patient’s life after treatment and be available to answer questions, celebrate successes and support them though the rest of their journey onward.” Now retired from his job managing warehouses and distribution centers, Mike stays active by helping out several nights a week at his brother-in-law’s pizza restaurant. He indulges his Chicago Bears “addiction” with season tickets, and looks forward to introducing the newest member of the family— a grandchild due in August—to the team. For 10 years, he and Lori (who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000) have served as co-chairs of the Walk MS: South Suburbs event to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis. “Lori never lets her disease get her down,” says Mike. “She encourages me to be strong.”

Bleeding from the rectum


Blood in the stool or in the toilet after having a bowel movement


Dark or black stools


A change in the shape of the stool (e.g., more narrow than usual) lower abdomen


An urge to have a bowel movement when the bowel is empty


Constipation or diarrhea that lasts for more than a few days


Decreased appetite


Unintentional weight loss

Talk with your doctor if you are concerned about any of the above symptoms. Regular screening through testing and colonoscopies is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colon cancer. Testing can also result in finding cancer early, when it’s smaller, easier to treat, and more likely to be curable. If you’re 50 or older, talk to your doctor about which test is right for you and get tested as often as recommended.

Even though cancer is in Mike’s past, he continues to use his experience for good, reminding friends to schedule regular colonoscopies and sharing his story at Palos Hospital’s 2015 Survive & Thrive event. “Having family and friends in my corner was critical to my recovery. I’m grateful to everyone who cheered me on through my cancer journey.” FALL 2016


Visit the American Cancer Society’s website at cancer.org for more information.



manage the physical and emotional aspects of this disease. Get information about nutrition and physical activity, instructions on blood glucose monitoring and a customized eating plan. A physician referral is required to join the program.


WELLNESS Options in Hip Replacement Surgery: Direct Anterior vs. Posterior Approach

INFORMATION: For additional information including meeting times, call 708.923.4330. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights

Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Daniel Weber, M.D., discusses hip anatomy, common causes of hip pain and when to consult a physician. Dr. Weber will also discuss the surgical treatment options in total hip replacement, including anterior, posterior and posterolateral hip replacement surgery.

Nutrition for Your Heart Eat healthy for your heart’s sake! Understand how to control fat and saturated fat intake, avoid trans fats, cholesterol and sodium, increase fiber and read food labels. Taught by a Palos registered dietitian

TIME/DATE: 7 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

INFORMATION: For additional information including meeting times, call 708.923.4330. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights

Take Better Care of Your Back There is help and hope for aching backs. Learn how posture, body mechanics and other forms of physical therapy can be used to prevent or manage back pain. This workshop is led by a Palos physical therapist. Registration is required.


2016 Healthy Aging: Setting You Up for Success Make the golden years your best years with strategies for staying fit and active. A Palos licensed clinical social worker highlights how a healthy attitude, proper nutrition and exercise can contribute to longevity and greater enjoyment of all activities. TIME/DATE: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 21 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

TIME/DATE: 6 - 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 2 (Additional dates available.) LOCATION: Palos Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

A Matter of Balance Maintain your independence while reducing the risk of falling. Led by physical and occupational therapists at Palos, this program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Gift certificates now available for purchase! TIME/DATE: 10 a.m. - noon Tuesdays, October 4 to December 5 LOCATION: Palos Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park TIME/DATE: 10 a.m. – noon Wednesdays, October 5 to December 6 LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $80

Diabetes Prevention: Living on the Border Led by a Palos diabetes educator, this class offers lifestyle modifications to help you eat healthy and lose weight. Learn how losing just five to ten percent of your body weight can make a difference in delaying or preventing diabetes.

Courage to Quit This seven-week program is designed for adults who are ready to quit smoking. Offered by the Respiratory Health Association.

TIME/DATE: 6 - 7 p.m. Monday, October 3 LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.923.4330 COST: $24 per participant

Your Diabetes Game Plan Don’t get sidelined by diabetes! Our nationally recognized Diabetes Program gives you the tools you need to

TIME/DATE: 9 - 10 a.m. Tuesdays September 13 to October 25 LOCATION: Palos Hospital 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights TIME/DATE: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, September 14 to October 26 LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights COST: Free REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300

Gentle Yoga Cancer patients and their loved ones can learn how to reduce stress and anxiety, regain strength and flexibility and minimize treatment side effects. Poses can be done on the floor or in a chair (your choice). TIME/DATE: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., second Tuesday of each month. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

FAMILY-CENTERED CARE FAMILY-CENTERED CARE Birth, Babies and Beyond Discover how to get the most out of your birthing experience whether you desire childbirth with or without pain relief medication or anesthesia. In a relaxed setting, expectant mothers and their support person learn about labor, birth, medical interventions, physical and emotional changes after birth, infant care and more. TIMES: Classes available in two formats: a four-week session, Wednesdays, from 7 - 9 p.m. ($85/couple), or a Saturday marathon from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. ($85/couple, meals provided). Call for available dates. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300

Baby Basics This three-hour class is for couples who may be expecting their first child, planning to adopt or wanting up-todate information on caring for a newborn. Topics include: feeding, diapering, bathing, growth and development, infant stimulation, newborn characteristics and behavior, infantsoothing techniques, signs of illness, immunizations, choosing baby equipment, car seat safety and general safety. TIME/DATE: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Wednesdays, October 12, November 16, or December 21 This class meets on the fourth week of the Birth, Babies & Beyond class. Call for additional times and dates. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $20/couple

Less Hustle and Bustle, More Comfort and Joy Don’t let tension or anxiety overwhelm your holidays. This free presentation will teach you practical ways to manage stress while maximizing your holiday enjoyment of the season. Led by licensed therapist Mike Azzaline, MA, CADC, MAC, LPC.

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TIME/DATE: 7 - 8:30 p.m. Thursday, November 10 LOCATION: Palos Hospital 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free



Breastfeeding Basics A Palos lactation consultant provides the basics for successfully nursing your baby. This class covers breastfeeding advantages, practical techniques, pumping, storing, returning to work, dad’s role and family support. TIME/DATE: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Thursday, October 13, Monday, November 14, Thursday, December 8. Call for additional dates. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $20/couple

Infant/Child/Adult CPR Be prepared to act in an emergency. This American Heart Association class is intended for anyone 11 years and older interested in learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques to assist infants, children and adults in distress. Note: This is not a class for CPR certification. TIME/DATE: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Thursdays, October 6 and 20. Call for additional dates. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $30/person

Birthing Center Tour Learn how Palos is different from other hospitals through our singleroom maternity care, where labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum all take place in newly remodeled private rooms. TIME/DATE: 6:00 – 6:45 p.m., Select Wednesdays and Saturdays. Call for dates. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Joy of Grandparenting Explore the many facets of the grandparent role and learn about family adjustment as well as ways you can support the new parents. An update on childbirth practices, the latest in baby care and a tour of the Maternity Unit are included. TIME/DATE: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Thursday, September 1 or Thursday, November 10. Call for additional dates. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Nursing Moms Network Get the support you need when it comes to breastfeeding. Meet and share experiences with other mothers and receive ongoing guidance and support from an experienced lactation consultant.

TIME/DATE: 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., every other Tuesday. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

SUPPORT GROUPS Look Good … Feel Better Look your best during cancer-fighting treatments with training from cosmetic industry professionals. Learn makeup, skin and nail care techniques as well as how to wear wigs, hats and scarves to enhance your appearance. This non-medical program is offered in partnership with the American Cancer Society. TIME/DATE: 3 - 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 25. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

COST: Free


WEIGHT MAN For additional information, including fees, please call (708) 226-2330.

WeightWise Discover a healthy approach to weight management for adults who prefer individual attention. Appointments scheduled at your convenience. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTATION: 708.923.4330

This 10-session program is designed for overweight children and teens or as a preventative program for those at risk of obesity. The individualized format works to mold positive eating and exercise habits while addressing self-esteem. Education, family support and behavior modification also are keys to success. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTATION: 708.923.4330

Medicare Workshop

Lymphedema Support Network with others experiencing lymphedema while receiving updates on products, community resources and management strategies. TIME/DATE: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 16. Call for additional dates. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

New to Medicare? Are you turning 65 soon and not exactly sure what Medicare covers? Learn the basics about Medicare, Medicare supplements and drug plan choices. All participants will receive a folder system to keep Medicare paperwork in order.

Caregiver Support Group Offered by professionals from Palos Home Health Care, this group provides emotional and practical support for family members and friends caring for a loved one in the last years of life. TIME/DATE: 7 p.m., first Wednesday of each month. LOCATION: Palos Hospital South Campus, 15300 West Ave., Orland Park REGISTRATION: Call for details, 630. 257.1111. COST: Free

TIME/DATE: 10 a.m. - noon, Wednesday, December 14. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: FREE

Apples, Apples and More Apples! Make the most of your orchard trip! Honey Crisp, Cortland, Ambrosia and Jazz are just a few of the unique varieties of this nutritional powerhouse available here in the Midwest. Learn how to select the best apples whether visiting the grocery store or the orchard, and get tips on preparing delicious apple recipes throughout the fall.

Cancer Survivor’s Discussion Group All cancer survivors are welcome to attend this group focusing on both supportive and educational care. Participants can network with other survivors facing similar struggles. This discussion group is brought to you by The Cancer Support Center. TIME/DATE: 6 – 7:30 p.m., second Wednesday of each month. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTATION: 708.226.2300

FALL 2016

ShapeDown (6 to 17 yrs)


TIME/DATE: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 11. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: FREE



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Sweet Dreams: Better Sleep for Better Health Breast Impressions – Steps You Can Take to Reduce Your Risk for Breast Cancer Make a great impression on your health! This girl’s night out features a “speed dating” format that allows you to focus on different aspects of breast health while enjoying fresh juices, farm-to-table appetizers, fun activities and prizes! adiology and Breast Imaging specialist Rachelle Centeno, D.O., will answer your questions about women’s health. Tours of the Palos Women’s Center also available. TIME/DATE: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, September 22 LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights COST: Free

A good night’s sleep is an important contributor to overall health and appearance! Deb DelRe, APN, shares how to increase your shut eye to sharpen attention, curb your appetite, lower stress and improve mood. TIME/DATE: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 13 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

You’re So Vein: How Minimally Invasive Ablation Can Help Leg veins may not only be unsightly, they can also be painful. Fall is a great time to learn about the options Palos offers for treating varicose veins, including minimally invasive options that provide little disruption to your normal activities. Presented by Interventional Radiologist Franklin Tan, M.D. TIME/DATE: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 27

Register for this free event at paloshealth.com or call 708.226.2300.

LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Don’t Panic: Say Goodbye to Worry and Anxiety Do you often feel anxious, irritable or moody? Women are almost twice as likely as men to experience panic disorder, generalized anxiety and social phobias. Fortunately, there is help for managing your emotions and finding relief. Led by social worker Amy Shanahan, LCSW, CADC. TIME/DATE: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 3 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

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