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PERSPECTIVE Winter 2020

New Treatment for Colorectal Cancer End-ofLife Peace of Mind Heart Patient Gives Back

PALOS HEART & LUNG CLINIC: A RESOURCE FOR CHRONIC CONDITIONS


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PALOS MEDICAL GROUP WELCOMES NEW PHYSICIANS Ahmad Bashir, MD Specializing in psychiatry. Completed his residency at University of Louisville, KY. He received his medical degree from Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan.

Anand Komareth, MD*

Chen Ye, MD*

Specializing in internal medicine. Completed his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. Received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans.

Specializing in internal medicine. Completed his residency at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL. Received his medical degree from Florida International University College of Medicine, Miami, FL.

Radhika L. Chimata, MD John E. Regan, MD*

Specializing in psychiatry. Completed her residency at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. She received her medical degree from Spartan Health Sciences University, Saint Teresa, NM.

Specializing in internal medicine. Completed his residency at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital/Mercy Catholic Medical Center, Darby, PA. He received his medical degree from University of Illinois at Chicago.

*Hospitalist providing general medical care to patients at Palos Hospital

PALOS HEALTH ALSO WELCOMES Samina Bokhari, MD

Michael Marinko, MD

Stratos Skarpathiotis, MD

Neurology, DuPage Medical Group

Physical Medicine, Action Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Pediatrics, Dr. George Skarpathiotis Group

Neonatology, Renaissance Medical Group

Carrie McIlwain, MD

Benjamin Garcia, DO

Gyn-Oncology, Gynecologic Cancer Institute of Chicago

Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgical Associates

Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medical Associates of Palos

John Mikuzis, DO

Nicholas Georgelos, DO

Physical Medicine, Action Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine, Action Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Osezua Olear, MD

Kari Bruce, MD

Sonali Gandhi, MD

Gabriel Wallace, MD

Hussam Watti, MD Cardiology (Interventional), Consultants in Cardiology & Electrophysiology

Nephrology, Kidney Care Center

Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medical Associates of Palos

Mohammad Puri, MD

Ibrahim Kassas, MD

Vipuj Shah, MD

Cardiology (Interventional), Consultants in Cardiology & Electrophysiology

Nephrology, DuPage Medical Group

Nephrology, DuPage Medical Group

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

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New Hope for Colorectal Cancer Patients Do you know someone who has been diagnosed with colorectal cancer? Chances are you do. Colorectal cancer—which may also be referred to as colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where it starts—is the third most diagnosed cancer in the US for men and women, excluding skin cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. The good news is that the number of deaths from colorectal cancer has been declining over the past 30 years, due in part to better screening techniques and improved options for cancer treatment.

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As a colorectal surgeon who performs a high volume of surgeries at Palos Hospital, Imad Qayyum, MD, has seen firsthand the positive outcomes for patients when colorectal cancer is diagnosed and treated at the early stages. “Survival rates for colon and rectal cancer have improved,” said Dr. Qayyum. “Five-year survival rates can reach over 90 percent for stage 1 cancer (the earliest stage). Also, finding and dealing with cancer in early stages can make chemotherapy after surgery unnecessary.” Dr. Qayyum is one of only a few doctors in the southwest suburbs who performs the highly specialized, transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS) for early stage tumor and polyp removal. A relatively new option, TAMIS may allow patients with early stage rectal cancer to avoid undergoing major abdominal surgery and having a section of their rectum removed. “Early stage rectal cancers have the potential to be removed transanally, without the need for incisions or big operations through the abdomen,” explained Dr. Qayyum.

Dr. Imad Qayyum reviews patient slides in his office at Palos Hospital.

During TAMIS, since the rectum is not removed (as in traditional surgery) the chances of adverse effects are reduced, including fecal incontinence, urinary issues, or sexual dysfunction. Patients who have TAMIS can usually go home the next day. Willow Springs resident David Wisniewski underwent the TAMIS procedure at Palos in July of 2019. His primary care doctor

had encouraged him for years to have a colonoscopy once he turned 50, although he “kept putting it off.” Even the appearance of blood in his stool (a common symptom of colorectal cancer) was not an immediate cause for concern to David. However, his doctor ordered a home screening test for colorectal cancer that came back positive. A colonoscopy soon followed, which

Lower your risk of colorectal cancer 䡲 Exercise regularly.

There are some steps you can take to lower your risk of colon cancer, including the following:

䡲 Maintain a healthy weight.

䡲 Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

䡲 Avoid tobacco. 䡲 Limit alcohol intake. No more than two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women.

䡲 Cut back on red meat (beef, pork, lamb) and processed meats (hot dogs, some luncheon meats).

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found a large polyp, later determined to be stage 1 rectal cancer. “I had never had surgery before in my life. My primary doctor, Beata Styka, MD, recommended I see Dr. Qayyum since he is able to do noninvasive rectal surgery.” David was able to go home the day after surgery. He is currently under medical surveillance by Dr. Qayyum, which includes followup visits and a colonoscopy in 2020. At this time, he does not need chemotherapy and has resumed all his regular activities. For more advanced cancers, Palos offers a full spectrum of treatment. Laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery and small incision surgery are all options, as well as traditional colon surgery. “Laparoscopic and robotic surgery both allow for small incisions to take out a portion of the colon or rectum,” said Dr.

Qayyum. “In many cases they allow for faster recovery and quicker discharge from the hospital.” Frankfort resident and warehouse manager Derrik Hoeksema was hospitalized for Legionnaires' disease (a form of bacterial pneumonia) when it was discovered he had stage 1 colon cancer, something of a surprise considering he is in his early 30s. Once he was well enough for surgery, Derrik saw Dr. Qayyum, who performed robotic low anterior resection (or APR) to remove the segment of his colon previously identified as cancerous. “I was able to go home the next day and only needed a follow-up colonoscopy,” said Derrik. “I didn’t need chemotherapy or medication. In fact, Dr. Qayyum said I don’t need to see him for three years for follow up.” The first defense against

colorectal cancer is early detection. If you have no personal or family history of colorectal cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends screening tests beginning at age 45. Screening can include a stool-based test or a visual exam. Talk to your doctor about the best option for you. According to the National Health Institute, the annual incidence and mortality rates for colorectal cancer have dramatically declined over the past 40 years, partly due to increased screening for colorectal cancer. “The topic of colon cancer and screening for cancer is becoming less taboo, so it’s easier to talk about treatment options,” said Dr. Qayyum. “Also, the surgical techniques we use today for colorectal cancer are an improvement even over just 15 years ago, in most cases allowing patients to return to their normal routine more quickly.”

Signs and symptoms of colorectal cancers 䡲 Rectal bleeding with bright red blood

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer may not cause symptoms right away, or can include one or more of the following:

䡲 Blood in the stool 䡲 Cramping or abdominal pain

䡲 Change in bowel habits that lasts for more than a few days

䡲 Weakness and fatigue 䡲 Unintended weight loss

䡲 Persistent feeling that you need to have a bowel movement

Free

colon hea lth class! See back p age for details .

Be sure to visit your primary care doctor as soon as possible if you display any signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer. Need a primary care doctor? Call our physician referral line at 708.226.2300 or visit paloshealth.com.

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. Call 708.923.1000 to make an appointment with a PMG provider.

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UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS: REDUCING STRESS AT END-OF-LIFE “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” George Bernard Shaw

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“Be sure the person you select understands your directives and will carry them out to the letter.” Most people don’t relish the thought of end-of-life planning. Health care, living arrangements and memorial services aren’t exactly pleasant topics of conversation, but it is important to have written documentation of your wishes and priorities, and discuss them with your loved ones. Being clear about expectations should you become terminally ill or incapacitated not only helps to ensure your requests will be followed, it also takes a huge burden off your loved ones, who won’t have to speculate as to what you would have wanted. Advance-care planning is one of the greatest gifts you can give to those you care about.

If you become incapacitated—either mentally or physically—and have no one designated as your POA to manage your affairs, your doctor must ask your family what to do. With no written directives it can be costly, time-consuming, and even confusing for those involved. Palos social worker Dee Dee Goodale-Mikosz (LCSW) emphasizes the importance of choosing your POA as the person you believe will best represent you and your wishes. She states, “Be sure the person you select understands your directives and will carry them out to the letter.” A living will, also known as an advance directive, lets loved ones know your wishes for medical treatment while you are still living, in the event you are unable to express them. It lists procedures you want—or don’t want—performed to prolong your life. Other documents usually filled out along with a living will include instructions regarding organ and tissue donation and whether you wish to be buried or cremated.

As the director of Palos Home Health Services, Bernie Crean (MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN) sees firsthand how advance planning can benefit the patient and his or her family. “With a medical POA (power of attorney) on file, I am able to reassure the family that they are following their loved one’s wishes. It truly helps them in making decisions, and takes the burden off the family,” she says. There are several documents you should have on file with your doctor, as well as in your own paperwork:

If you are dealing with a serious illness you also may want to have a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)/ Provider Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form on file. This form can be used to record your desires regarding life-saving treatments. It requires your signature as well as signatures from your attending practitioner and one witness, after which it is entered in your medical record.

A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that allows someone (referred to as your agent or proxy) to act on your behalf in financial matters, such as bill payment or management of accounts and assets. The agent does not actually own any of your property; he or she only has the ability to make decisions on your behalf if you are physically or mentally unable to do so.

Make plans to review all of the above documents regularly and update them if needed. Be sure anyone named on them knows where to find them, or consider giving them their own copies for safekeeping.

A health care or medical power of attorney allows you to name someone to make decisions about your care in the event you are not able to make decisions yourself. A health care power of attorney gives instructions about the kinds of medical treatment you want. Power of Attorney for Health Care forms are available for download on the Palos Health website on the Social Services page (paloshealth.com/patientsvisitors/social-services).

While no one anticipates a serious medical event or diagnosis, accidents and illnesses are an unfortunate part of life. Having health care directives in place will allow you to rest easier knowing that you have made your wishes known and have someone you trust looking out for your interests. Rather than spending precious time and energy dealing with administrative tasks, family and friends can spend their time visiting and engaged in meaningful conversations, enjoying the things in life that matter most.

It’s important to note that the above powers of attorney must be created while you have the mental capacity to do so; they cannot be created by a family member or loved one on your behalf.

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Clinic Helps Oak Lawn Man Breathe Easy and Avoid Hospital Stays Patients with chronic heart and/or lung conditions may find themselves back in the hospital when symptoms flare up, causing feelings of discouragement and affecting their quality of life. Since opening in 2014, the Palos Health Heart & Lung Wellness Clinic has helped many patients manage their conditions while remaining at home. By working with the patient’s primary care doctor, the advanced practice registered nurses and respiratory therapists at the clinic provide individualized assessments, education, treatment, and therapy so heart and lung patients can live optimal lives. Oak Lawn resident John Foster knows firsthand how the clinic

can help patients with lung issues. A smoker since his teens, John was diagnosed with emphysema in 2008. His breathing issues continued to get worse through the years, and in spring of 2018 John made the decision to quit smoking cold turkey. However, he had three episodes in 2018 where he could not catch his breath and had to be rushed to the hospital. One episode was so bad he passed out and had to be intubated. After the third episode, John began seeing Palos Medical Group primary care physician John Hohner, DO. Dr. Hohner recommended John visit the Palos Heart & Lung Wellness

John Foster reviews his spirometer readings with Palos respiratory therapist Jen Kwak.

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Clinic for help improving his breathing and quality of life. According to John it was “the best thing he ever did for me.” Physicians can refer patients to the Heart & Lung Wellness Clinic for a focused assessment, after which advanced practice nurses and/or respiratory therapists work with the doctor to create an individualized plan based on the patient’s goals. John’s first visit took about an hour and involved simple tests to determine lung function, such as a spirometry test — which involves breathing into a device called a spirometer — and a walk test. “John was similar to many of the

John is able to sing again, thanks to the therapy he received at Palos.

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patients we see in the lung side of the clinic, who range from middle age to elderly,” said Jen Kwak, RRT. “Usually they are or were smokers, but not always. We mainly see patients with a diagnosis of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).”

orders or medications. After that, it’s between the patient and their respiratory therapist as to how often they visit the clinic. Most patients visit every couple months to check in and to get their lung function retested.

“I learned a lot at that first visit, and at all my visits,” said John. “They gave me handouts and descriptions of exercises I could do at home. Jen also let me know that if I was ever having any trouble I could call the clinic for help. Fortunately I haven’t had to do that.” “Patients can always call if they aren’t feeling well, before they are in distress,” said Jen. “A big goal of the clinic is to help patients avoid readmission to the hospital. We provide them with an action plan that includes tools and education, and review any medications their doctor has prescribed to make sure they are taking them correctly.” Once a specific plan is in place, clinic patients can expect a follow-up visit in a week or two to go over any questions and review any changes to their doctor’s

Once they are well enough, many clinic patients go on to participate in pulmonary rehabilitation, a medically supervised exercise and education program. With a referral from his doctor, John was able to sign up for pulmonary rehabilitation at Palos where he worked with therapists three times a week for eight weeks. “We have exercises that we work with patients on that incorporate strength training, stretching and cardio,” said Jen. “The goal is to teach them how to exercise safely and improve their daily living.” Since visiting the clinic and participating in pulmonary rehabilitation, John has noticed a difference in his activity level. He does all his own yard work and gets exercise by walking the trails around the Little Red School House, the Lemont Heritage Quarries, and the I & M Canal. He has even been able to revisit

an old passion: singing! “I’m able to perform songs I haven’t done in years, and can hit them note for note.” Positive feedback and a recent win in a local karaoke contest have encouraged John to consider putting a band together to perform country and classic rock tunes for local audiences. John has advice for anyone skeptical about visiting the clinic: “Put your fears aside! You’ll get an education and have better health. Everyone is dedicated and there to truly help.”

The Palos Health Heart & Lung Wellness Clinic is located at Palos Hospital in the Cardiopulmonary Department, off the main hospital lobby. Patients can self-refer or get a referral from their doctor. Visits are covered by most insurance policies; please check with your provider to ensure coverage. For more information, call 708.923.5300.

The Heart & Lung Wellness

Could You Benefit from

Are You a Candidate for the

Clinic provides patients with:

Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

Heart & Lung Wellness Clinic?

䡲 Disease-specific education tailored to your needs

You may benefit from an initial visit to the Heart & Lung Wellness Clinic if you:

You may benefit from an initial visit to the Heart & Lung Wellness Clinic if you:

䡲 Have a respiratory impairment or lung disease

䡲 Are living with heart failure

䡲 A focused physical assessment with aftervisit summaries 䡲 Ability to obtain lab tests, treatments, or medications at the time of visit

䡲 Are a lung-transplant candidate or a post-lungtransplant patient

䡲 Assistance in homewellness management with action plans and goals

䡲 Suffer from asthma or COPD

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䡲 Have asthma 䡲 Have COPD (emphysema/ chronic bronchitis)

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OPEN-HEART PATIENT OPENS r e e t Volun HEART TO OTHERS For many years, Palos Heights insurance agent Demosthenes “Den” Georgopulos enjoyed a full life that included family, work, international travel, and ministering to those in need, including the homeless, prisoners, and at-risk youth. But the chest and left arm pain that jolted him from sleep in the middle of the night in August of 2018 was a literal wakeup call that his health—specifically his heart—needed attention. “The pain was big, but it subsided after 10 minutes. I figured I should have it checked out,” said Den. The next day, Den called his physician, interventional cardiologist Roy Bliley, MD, who met him at the Palos Hospital Cath Lab, to perform an angiogram. This test uses X-ray imaging to see the blood vessels of the heart and determine if there are any blockages or restrictions in blood flow. “It was supposed to take an hour, but after only 15 minutes they moved me to the Cardiac Unit,” said Den. For good reason. Den had three occluded (almost

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completely blocked) arteries. “Dr. Bliley told me he didn’t know how I was alive,” said Den. “Within 48 hours I had open-heart surgery with cardiovascular surgeon Patroklos Pappas, MD.” The surgery went well, but for Den the next few days were, according to him, “brutal.” “I was so tired I could barely move. One nurse sat with me all night. She said I probably wouldn’t be able to lift my arm to call if I needed anything and she wanted to make sure I was OK. All the nurses at Palos were great.” After Den went home, a Palos Home Health nurse visited for a few weeks to check on his heart’s electrical activity and ensure everything was working well. He also received physical therapy at home for several weeks to aid his recovery and help prevent future problems. “Once I felt better, I started going to the hospital for cardiac rehab two to three times a week for a total of 36 visits. I really enjoyed it and wanted to continue, but they told me I was too healthy to keep coming back!” While his body healed from the surgery, Den found there were few people he could talk to about some

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“When I started to look into it, I found that my experience was not unusual; some people do struggle with issues after open-heart surgery. For me, it helped to know that I wasn’t alone.” Den Georgopulos

of the mental and emotional changes he was experiencing, including anxiety, anger, and frustration.

Don’t Sleep On It! Don’t Drive! Don’t Doubt! Dial 911.

“When I started to look into it, I found that my experience was not unusual; some people do struggle with issues after open-heart surgery. For me, it helped to know that I wasn’t alone.”

With issues surrounding the heart, time = muscle. The longer you delay care, the more damage could be happening to your heart. Call 911 if you experience any of the following symptoms:

Den is now hoping to give back to other heart patients at Palos. He recently joined the Volunteer Department and is available to talk to pre- and post-surgery cardiac patients, sharing his experience and giving encouragement when needed.

䡲 Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes— or it may go away and then return. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.

“I remember one nurse telling me, ‘be assured, you will get well.’ That was so helpful to hear. I want to be an encouragement for other patients in any way I can.”

䡲 Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.

February is Heart Month!

Go to pages 14 and 15 to find classes

䡲 Shortness of breath.

related to heart health.

䡲 Other signs—breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Look for the

symbol.

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American Heart Association

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CLASSES,⽦ EVENTS & GROUPS

Suite 122, Orland Park TIME/DATE: 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 11 LOCATION: Conference Room 1A & 1B, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights (please enter through Emergency Department and take elevator to lower level) REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $10/ individual; $15/couple (max 10 people)

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Your Diabetes Game Plan

The Latest in Managing and Treating Heart Valve Disease The last decade has seen big advances in treatment of structural heart disease. Learn about the latest, minimally invasive technologies available at Palos for diseases and conditions involving the heart. Presented by Tom Gutchewsky, APN.

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TIME/DATE: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 20 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights COST: Free REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300

Multicooker Magic: Creating Healthy One-Pot Meals The new generation of pressure cookers, slow cookers and air fryers has made it even easier to make delicious meals for your family. Learn tips and techniques for getting the most from these tools. Presented by registered dietitian nutritionist Tracy Blake.

WELLNESS

Jump Start Your Heart Health for Parents and Kids You’re never too young for good heart health! Together, families can hear about healthy habits and how to incorporate them into daily routines. This fun, interactive event features experts speaking on nutrition, exercise and stress management. Enjoy snacks, giveaways, and raffle prizes. TIME/DATE: 6:30 p.m., Monday, February 3 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights COST: Free REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300

Shake the Salt: LowSodium Cooking Cutting down on sodium intake doesn’t mean your meals have to be bland. Learn how to prepare simple meals using less salt, without giving up flavor. Taught by Palos registered dietitian nutritionist Gary Linhart. TIME/DATE: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 13 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights COST: Free REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300

TIME/DATE: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 5 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights COST: Free REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300

Take Better Care of Your Back

TIME/DATES: 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays, February 5 or May 6 LOCATION: Conference Room 1A & 1B, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights (please enter through Emergency Department and take elevator to lower level) REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Led by a Palos diabetes educator, this class offers lifestyle modifications to help you eat healthier and lose weight. Learn how small changes can help delay or possibly prevent diabetes. TIME/DATES: 1 to 2 p.m., Tuesdays, January 14 or March 10 LOCATION: Palos Diabetes & Nutrition, Palos Health South Campus, 15300 West Avenue, Building D,

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INFORMATION: For additional information, including meeting times, call 708.226.2626. LOCATION: Palos Diabetes & Nutrition, Palos Health South Campus, 15300 West Avenue, Suite 122, Orland Park

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 registered dietitian nutritionist at Palos. INFORMATION: For additional information, including meeting times, call 708.226.2300. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights

A Palos Health physical therapist demonstrates how posture, body mechanics, and various forms of physical therapy can be used to prevent or manage back pain. Please note that registration is required.

Living on the Border: Diabetes Prevention

Don’t get sidelined by diabetes! Our nationally recognized diabetes program gives you the tools you need to manage the physical and emotional aspects of this disease. Get information on nutrition, physical activity, and blood glucose monitoring, and receive an eating plan customized to your needs. Note: A physician referral is required to join the program.

Courage to Quit® If quitting smoking is your goal, the Courage to Quit® program can help. This seven-week, evidence-based stop-smoking program for adults is facilitated by trained health educators. Each session includes information, skills building, and support to help you reach your smoke-free goal. Sponsored by the Respiratory Health Association. TIME/DATES: 9 a.m., Mondays, January 6 to February 10; February 24 to March 30; April 13 to May 18 TIME/DATES: 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, January 8 to February 12; February 26 to April 1; April 15 to May 20 LOCATION: Conference Room B, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

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A Matter of Balance A Matter of Balance is an 8-week, evidenced-based program that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, to set realistic goals to increase activity, to change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and to exercise to increase strength and balance. Know a loved one who might benefit? Gift certificates now available for purchase! TIME/DATES: 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays, March 3 through April 21 LOCATION: Orland Park Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Avenue, Orland Park TIME/DATES: 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays, March 4 through April 22 LOCATION: Conference Room 1A & 1B, Palos Hospital 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights (please enter through Emergency Department and take elevator to lower level) REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $80

Nutrition and Cancer Care Good nutrition can be a challenge when dealing with cancer care and treatment. Learn how to eat to maintain body weight, cut the risk of recurrence, reduce nausea, and improve overall quality of life. Led by registered dietitian nutritionist Lela Iliopoulos. TIME/DATE: 2 to 3 p.m., Thursday, February 6 LOCATION: Woodland Café Conference Room, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

FAMILY-CENTERED Birth, Babies & Beyond Express Get the most out of your birthing experience. 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. Taught by a certified childbirth educator or experienced labor and delivery nurse. TIME/DATES: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, January 11, February 1, March 14, or April 18 LOCATION: Childbirth Classroom, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $85/couple, meals provided


Baby Basics This three-hour class offers up-todate information on caring for a newborn. Topics include: feeding, diapering, growth and development, infant stimulation, newborn characteristics and behavior, infant soothing techniques, signs of illness, immunizations, choosing baby equipment, car seat safety, and general safety. Taught by a certified childbirth educator or experienced labor and delivery nurse. TIME/DATES: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesdays, January 29 or March 25 TIME/DATE: 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, February 15 LOCATION: Childbirth Classroom, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $20/couple

Breastfeeding Basics A certified 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/DATES: 6:30 to 9 p.m., Thursdays January 9, February 13, March 5, or April 16 TIME/DATES: 8 to 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, January 18, February 8, March 21, or April 11 LOCATION: Childbirth Classroom, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $15/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/DATES: 6 to 9 p.m., Thursdays, January 2 or 16; February 6 or 27; March 12 or 19 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Childbirth Classroom, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $30/person

SUPPORT GROUPS

TIME/DATES: 6 p.m., Wednesdays, January 8, February 12, February 19, or March 11 TIME/DATES: 11 a.m., Saturdays, January 18, February 8, or March 21 TIME/DATES: 6 p.m., Thursdays, January 23 or March 26 LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Lymphedema Support Group

Explore the many facets of the grandparent role as you 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 Birthing Center are included. TIME/DATES: 7 to 9:30 p.m., Thursdays, January 23 or March 26 LOCATION: Childbirth Classroom, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: FREE

Nursing Moms Network Get the support you need when it comes to breastfeeding. Meet other new moms and share experiences as you receive ongoing guidance from an experienced lactation consultant. Open to moms with babies under one year old. TIME/DATES: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., most Tuesdays LOCATION: Conference Room 1A & 1B, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights (please enter through Emergency Department and take elevator to lower level) REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

I’m a Big Brother/Big Sister! Future siblings can learn what to expect with a new baby and how they can be a help to their growing family. Appropriate for children 3 to 9 years of age. TIME/DATES: 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 15 or March 18 LOCATION: Childbirth Classroom, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $5/child with a maximum of $15/family

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 private suites.

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TIME/DATE: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11 LOCATION: Conference Room 1A & 1B, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights (please enter through Emergency Department and take elevator to lower level) REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

TIME/DATES: 8 to 9 p.m., most Tuesdays LOCATION: Building A, Conference Room B, Palos Health South Campus, 15300 West Avenue, Orland Park TIME/DATES: 7 to 8:30 p.m., most Fridays LOCATION: Building C, Conference Room 313, Palos Health South Campus, 15300 West Avenue, Orland Park FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, please call: 708.460.2721 COST: Free

Caregiver Support Group

SMART Recovery® Family & Friends

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.

Do you have a loved one who has problems with alcohol, drugs or compulsive behaviors? Family & Friends meetings teach you how you can develop skills to help you cope and help your loved one choose recovery. Sponsored by SMART Recovery®, an organization that helps people achieve recovery from addiction with a self-empowering, science-based approach.

Network with others experiencing lymphedema while receiving updates on products, community resources, and management strategies.

Joy of Grandparenting

to ‘move on’ when you feel confident your addictive behavior is behind you.

TIMES/DATES: First Wednesday of the month (no group New Year’s Day) REGISTRATION: Call for details, 708.923.4970. COST: Free

Fall Prevention Support Group Offered by professionals from Palos Health, this group provides information and practical support for preventing falls, increasing activity level, and maintaining and improving independence. Each group includes demonstrations of tai chi or other exercises. TIME/DATES: 10 to 11 a.m., first Thursday of each month (no group January, February, July, or December) LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SMART Recovery® SMART Recovery® is a sciencebased addiction support group where you can learn self-empowering skills and receive support from other group members in your recovery. Those seeking recovery can choose what works best for them from a ‘tool-box’ of methods and approaches used in meetings. The goal is for you to achieve a healthy, positive, and balanced lifestyle, and

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TIME/DATES: 6 to 7 p.m., most Thursdays LOCATION: Building C, Conference Room 313, Palos Health South Campus, 15300 West Avenue, Orland Park FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, please call: 708.460.2721 COST: Free

WAGS Share the unconditional love your dog brings with patients at Palos Hospital. Dedicated owners with naturally confident, calm, and gentle dogs may be good volunteer candidates for Palos Health’s Animal-Assisted Therapy Program. Owners, as volunteers, visit patients twice a month to spread joy and help facilitate the healing process. To learn more or apply: Call 708.923.5593 or visit paloshealth.com/WAGS. Applicants will be contacted for pre-screening, and those who meet qualification requirements will be scheduled for temperament testing on Tuesday, April 21. No walk-ins please.

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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month! Keys to Colon Health Learn steps you can take to keep your intestines as healthy as possible. Colorectal surgeon Imad Qayyum, MD, will offer practical suggestions for optimal colon functioning, as well as how to reduce your odds of developing colon cancer. In addition, he will share some of the techniques used in minimally invasive colorectal surgery. TIME/DATE: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, February 24 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights COST: Free For additional information or to register, please call 708.226.2300.

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Perspective Winter 2020  

Winter 2020 issue of Palos Health's quarterly magazine.

Perspective Winter 2020  

Winter 2020 issue of Palos Health's quarterly magazine.

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