Fall 2019 Perspective

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Aquablation: Robotic Surgery Technique Debuts at Palos Expert Tips for Nutritious Eating

Post-Hospital Recovery: The Importance of Planning Ahead


Free Colon Cancer Screening Kits Available

Perspective is a publication of Palos Health 12251 South 80th Avenue Palos Heights, IL 60463 708.923.4000 paloshealth.com Terrence Moisan, MD President and CEO

Palos Health focuses on ‌ n Creating a better everyday life for our community n Supporting healthy living while calming the anxiety of serious illness n Providing compassionate health care

Heather Mascarello Editor, Perspective

Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the

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third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the US, according to the American

Palos Health complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex. Palos Health does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex.

Cancer Society. Colon cancer screening kits are now available from Palos Health for at-home collection. Kits are mailed to your home, then returned to Palos Hospital for analysis. Please note this screening does not replace regular physical exams or other tests such as colonoscopy, which may have higher detection rates. To request your free screening kit, please call 708.226.2300. Note that quantities are limited.


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Thomas Quinn, MD

Daniel Rowan, DO

Board certified and specializing in Cardiology. Completed her residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, and fellowship at Rowan University, Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She received her medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Westbury, New York. For an appointment, please call 708.923.4200.

Board certified and specializing in Cardiology. Completed his residency at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, and fellowship at RushPresbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago. He received his medical degree from Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine. For an appointment, please call 708.923.4200.

Board certified and specializing in Interventional Cardiology. Completed his residency at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Chicago and fellowship at RushPresbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago. He received his medical degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago. For an appointment, please call 708.923.4200.

P. Gregory Striegel, MD


Board certified and specializing in Family Medicine. Completed his residency at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital in LaGrange, IL. He received his medical degree from the University of Toledo, Ohio. For an appointment, please call 708.671.0990.

*Vanessa Foster, MD

*Mary Jane Nowak, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology, DuPage Medical Group

Obstetrics & Gynecology, private practice

*William Kcomt, MD

*Deborah Tabachnik, MD

Rheumatology, private practice

Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgical Associates

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

The Palos Caregiver Resource Center and PLOWS Present:

Alzheimer’s: Effective Communications Strategies As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and

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communicate at each stage of the disease. Panel discussion to follow presentation. TIME/DATE: 6 – 7:30 pm, Thursday, October 10 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION REQUIRED: 708.226.2300 FREE EVENT



Let It Flow: Surgical Robot Relieves Urinary Tract Symptoms

“Aquablation® therapy is a unique way of treating BPH,” explains urologist Mark Lyon, MD. “It combines the best aspects of traditional surgery with the technology of robotics.”

Until recently, men dealing with urinary problems due to an enlarged prostate had limited treatment options. Traditional prostate surgery for BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, or enlarged prostate), required electrosurgical resection of the prostate, otherwise known as TURP (TransUrethral Resection of the Prostate). Today, advancements in technology and techniques have led to the development of image-guided robotic surgery of the prostate, bringing some of the most advanced technology to the surgical treatment of BPH. By combining the multi-view imaging precision of robotic surgery and the power of a waterjet, prostate tissue can be removed safely and quickly with very little chance of side effects.

An enlarged prostate is very common, since this gland can continue to grow throughout a man’s life. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, one out of every two men over the age of 60 and up to 90 percent of men older than 80 are affected by BPH. Unfortunately, as the prostate grows, it can constrict the urethra, blocking the flow of urine and causing other issues, including bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems. Palos Hills resident Tom had suffered with an enlarged prostate for years but had put off surgery. When he finally visited his urologist, Dr. James Sylora, to discuss surgery, Tom discovered his prostate was actually too large to be treated with other methods. Dr. Sylora referred Tom to Dr. Lyon, who recommended Aquablation® as a viable

Palos Hospital is currently the only hospital in the Midwest offering a new robotic version of TURP surgery that uses a waterjet, rather than electric current or a laser light. Aquablation® therapy — recently approved by the FDA — was specifically created to treat BPH.

Could you have Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia? BPH symptoms include: Needing to urinate frequently or urgently

Having a weak urine stream

Stopping or starting during urination

Incomplete emptying of the bladder

Needing to push or strain during urination

Needing to urinate frequently at night



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“Most men with BPH symptoms are candidates for Aquablation® therapy. I’ve seen excellent results in patients with dramatically improved symptom relief.”

— Dr. Mark Lyon James Sylora, MD and Mark Lyon, MD, both perform Aquablation® at Palos Hospital.

alternative. Tom underwent the procedure, performed by Dr. Lyon, in April 2019.

incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Understandably, many men have avoided treatment rather than suffer the risk of complications.

It was not long after the surgery that Tom found his quality of life had dramatically improved. “Before I had the procedure, there were certain things I couldn’t do, like long car rides or drinking too much coffee. I would get up at least five times a night to go to the bathroom. Now I feel that my life is pretty much back to normal,” said Tom.

Aquablation® therapy uses a surgical robot to assist with tissue removal in the treatment of BPH. The system incorporates three key elements for safe and quick removal of prostate tissue: Real-time, multidimensional imaging — helps the surgeon plan the treatment based on the patient’s individual anatomy, preserving areas responsible for continence and sexual function

Up until now, patients with an enlarged prostate had the option of taking medications, which are typically only used for mild to moderate symptoms and can cause nausea, dizziness and sexual side effects, or undergoing a traditional surgical resection of the prostate. The heat used in traditional surgery is an effective method for removing enlarged tissue, but the possible complications are significant, including urinary tract infection,

Robotic precision — allows for accurate execution of the treatment as planned by the surgeon Heat-free waterjet — eliminates the risk of side effects and complications caused by heat-based treatments The procedure typically takes less than an hour and usually requires an overnight hospital stay.

Just for Men: Prostate Health Discover simple steps you can take to keep your prostate healthy. Learn about symptoms of prostate cancer, enlarged prostate and prostatitis, and when to seek help. Minimally invasive treatment options for enlarged prostate will be discussed. Presented by urologist Mark Lyon, MD.

Start with your primary care doctor with concerns about BPH. Need a primary care doctor? Visit paloshealth.com.

TIME/DATE: 6:30 — 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 25 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708. 226 2300 FREE

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RECOVERY after HOSPITALIZATION Whether your hospitalization is planned or the result of an emergency, you could be surprised to find that more care may be needed after you leave the hospital. Post-hospital care can take place in various facilities, and there are also options that allow you to recover at home. Wherever you land, it’s important to understand what your needs will be long before you leave the hospital. Being proactive about your care will help you make the best decision possible and could speed your recovery.

Planning to Leave the Hospital Together, you and your doctor will determine when you are medically stable and able to be discharged from the hospital. However, you may still have care needs that require extra help. When health care professionals talk about “discharge planning,” they are referring to the process that involves evaluating a patient’s needs so they can smoothly transition to another level of care. Discharge planning includes discussing your condition with other team members so that preparations can be made and eventually implemented. At Palos Hospital, medical social workers work with you and your family, as well as doctors, nurses and other health professionals, to arrange necessary services so that you can return to a community setting. Social workers can help coordinate home care services, facility

stays, rehabilitation therapy, transportation needs and ordering of medical equipment. Typically, a social worker will visit you on the first or second day of your stay. However, you can always ask for a social services consult through your physician or nurse.

Questions to Ask About Post-Hospital-Stay Care The time to plan for discharge begins as soon as you are admitted to the hospital or before that if your procedure is planned in advance. As soon as you are able, have a conversation with your physician about your recovery and what it will involve; together, you can plan for the next steps. You and your family should have a clear understanding of your discharge date. At Palos, anticipated discharge dates are written on the whiteboard in your room. Use this information as a starting point when planning with the



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social worker. Some questions to ask your social worker include: What resources are available to assist with my recovery? What services are covered by my insurance plan? As you prepare to leave the hospital, you will also want to understand the following: Issues, symptoms or side effects that you may experience, and who should be contacted about them What medications you will be taking, including the reason you are taking them and any potential side effects If home equipment is needed, the name of the company providing it and their contact information

Know Your Options Perhaps the most important post-hospital decision to make is where your recovery will take

Know Your Options


the Best Outcome place. You may be able to recover at home with a home health care service or as an inpatient in a health care facility. Discuss options with your physician so that, together, you can arrive at the best decision. He or she can also provide you with a doctor’s order for needed care. Below are the main types of post-hospital facilities and the level of care you can expect at each: Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) – A skilled nursing facility provides 24-hour care and skilled nursing services. Patients may be transferred to a skilled nursing facility if they require continued rehabilitation, IV medications or complex wound care. Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) – Inpatient rehabilitation facilities provide intensive rehabilitation for patients who are physically able to participate. This level of care will need to be authorized by your insurance provider and physician. Long-Term, Acute-Care Hospital (LTACH) – Longterm, acute-care hospitals provide medically complex care for patients on ventilators, patients who require tracheostomy care, or patients who need extensive wound care.

Home Health Services – For some patients, recovery at home is an option. Your doctor can order specific medical tasks to be performed in your home by licensed medical professionals, including wound care, therapy or pain management. These limited services are typically paid for by Medicare or insurance.

Do Your Research It’s important that a facility or agency demonstrate a successful record of achieving highquality patient outcomes, along with high patient satisfaction scores. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has created a Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers and families compare various facilities and home health providers. Visit medicare.gov to search by name or zip code within different categories of care. The Joint Commission® is a not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs. Visit them at jointcommission.org to see if a facility has their Gold Seal of Approval®. If possible, tour facilities in advance to select the one that best meets your post-recovery needs. Facilities should offer a full range of rehabilitation FALL 2019


services, and access to the latest therapeutic and diagnostic technologies is a definite plus. Ask about specialized expertise with your condition. A comfortable, engaging environment that serves healthy and nutritious meals is also important. Keep in mind that facilities can reach capacity, requiring you to look at your second or even third choice. Confirm that the facility or agency will accept your health insurance. You may want to call your insurance provider to understand your coverage and how reimbursement will work.

Preparing for Recovery Throughout the process, it’s important that you continue to be your own advocate. Ask questions and take notes on everything so you can review at a later time if needed. Keep all notes and paperwork in one folder or binder so you or a family member can easily access. Work with your care team and ask for regular updates on your condition, and follow instructions as to what you should or should not do. The more informed you are about your needs, progress and goals, the smoother the post-recovery process will be for both you and your loved ones.


A Nutritionist’ s Top Tips for Healthy and Delicious Eating Palos Health relies on its team of nutritionists to provide food that promotes health and healing for patients. Nutritionists also help create the delicious meals offered to visitors and staff at the Woodland Café. Perspective recently talked to longtime Palos employee and registered dietitian nutritionist Loretta Wojtan, whose name may be familiar to some for her popular community classes on nutrition and healthy cooking. Loretta’s main job at Palos involves developing standardized recipes for patients, the Woodland Café and catering. She also plans menus, ensures the hospital is compliant with food safety regulations, and oversees special catering events. Here, she draws on her wealth of knowledge and experience to compile some of her favorite tips for getting the most nutritional value in your food while also making sure it tastes great.

Loretta Wojtan, RDN



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Keep it clean – Foodsafety.gov recommends washing hands for 20 seconds soap and water before, during andwashing after preparing food Keep it with clean – Foodsafety.gov recommends hands for 20 as well as after uncooked eggs or raw meat, poultry, seafood seconds withhandling soap and water before, during and after preparing foodoras their juices. sure touncooked wash cutting boards, utensils,seafood, and well as afterBe handling eggs, or rawdishes, meat, poultry, or countertops with hot,tosoapy preparing each food item their juices. Be sure wash water cuttingafter boards, dishes, utensils, and and before gowith on to thesoapy next item. wash fruits and veggies — counteryou tops hot, waterAnd afterdo preparing each food item and but notyou meat, or next eggs!item. And do wash fruits and veggies—but before go poultry on to the not meat, poultry, or eggs!

Dress with vinegar – Flavored vinegars add a delicious depth to salads and use less sugar than store-bought dressings. Loretta recommends visiting specialty oil and vinegar shops for their unique variety. “When cooking, I try to match the vinegar to the other ingredients in the recipe I’m using,” she says.

Go Greek – Greek yogurt has less sugar than traditional yogurt. Make your own yogurt blends by mixing in cinnamon, fresh fruit and honey.

Give a toast – When a recipe calls for nuts, toast them for a few minutes in a dry skillet; this will help bring out their nutty flavor even more. A diet that includes nuts can help to reduce blood pressure or control weight gain.

Skip the salt – Excessive salt use can contribute to high blood pressure, so use fresh herbs and spices instead whenever possible. “I tend to use a lot of garlic and onions for flavor,” says Loretta. “Fresh dill is another tangy flavor I use in place of salt for vegetables, potatoes, soups, chicken and fish, and oregano is a favorite for Mediterranean flavors. I’ve started using turmeric in my eggs and ginger in tea and parfaits for their anti-inflammation properties.” She also uses a variety of spices for baking, including cinnamon and nutmeg for her German Apple Bread (see page 11 for the recipe). Herb scissors can make quick work of small herbs. Loretta especially likes the scissors that come with a little “comb” to help remove the tiny pieces between blades.

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Add some zest – Another tip to cut back on salt without sacrificing flavor? Citrus fruits. “I find that fresh citrus juice and zest help fill the gap of that salty flavor,” says Loretta. “I often marinate chicken and fish with fresh orange, lemon and lime zest. There are a variety of zesters with different sized holes for fine or coarse grating. Other types of zesters allow you to peel small threads of citrus for garnishing entrees and vegetables.” Loretta’s Pick: Citrus misters! These inexpensive gadgets can be inserted directly into fruit, allowing you to mist the juice onto salads and other dishes. Find them online or in specialty shops.

Embrace the dark – Darker leafy greens have more nutritional value than iceberg. Think out of the box (or bowl) and update your salad with interesting supermarket finds, including mustard greens, collard greens, kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, endive lettuce, arugula or Swiss chard. You may be pleasantly surprised!

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Fresh Basil Pesto

makesApple 16 1 tableGerman Bread

makes 16 1 tablespoon servings

2 cups washed, packed fresh basil leaves

makes two loaf pans

Nutritional Analysis:

2 eggs

1 tsp baking powder

2 cups granulated sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

2 cloves garlic

103 calories

½ cup canola oil

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ cup pine nuts

1 gram protein

1 tsp vanilla

11 grams fat

2 cups all-purpose flour

4 cups peeled and diced apples

1 gram carbohydrates

½ tsp salt

1 cup chopped walnuts

130 mg sodium

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ teaspoon salt Freshly ground black pepper to taste ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Spray loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray. In mixing bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar, oil and vanilla.

In a food processor, add the basil, garlic and pine nuts. Pulse repeatedly until coarsely chopped. Add the oil and process again until fully mixed and smooth. Add in salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving container and stir in the grated cheese. Store in the refrigerator and stir before serving.

Mix until combined. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix into egg mixture. Stir in apples and walnuts. Pour into prepared loaf pans. Bake approximately 45 minutes until a pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Adapted from EatingWell Magazine

Cool before slicing.

Adapted from Cooks.com

Could It Be A Hernia? 6:30 pm, Thursday, October 3 Conference Room A, Building A Palos Health South Campus 15300 West Avenue Orland Park, IL Join Palos Medical Group general surgeons Anthony Casini, DO, and Samer Rajjoub, MD, to learn about: Signs and symptoms of hernias Different types of hernias Risk factors for hernia

Anthony Casini, DO

Samer Rajjoub, MD

Benefits of robotic-assisted surgery When to seek medical attention

See the technology! The latest DaVinci® robot and surgeon’s console will be on display.

Register for this FREE session at paloshealth.com or call 708.226.2300. Light refreshments available.

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out of love and compassion Great Care Acknowledged Through Generous Donation

Norman Kwak and Rose Demask, Senior Vice President/CNO, with the 2019-2020 Lois G. Kwak Nursing Scholarship winners Jose Steephens, RN, and Helen Condo-Ochoa, CNA

Norman Kwak and his brother, John Kwak, present a check to Palos Health for the Lois G. Kwak Nursing Scholarship Fund to Rose Demask and Palos Health President and CEO Terrence Moisan, MD

Palos Health is grateful for the generous donations awarded over the years by local resident Norman Kwak, provided to help employees continue their nursing education.

two Palos employees have been selected annually to receive funds to begin or continue their nursing education. To date, a total of 10 employees have benefitted from this substantial gift. During each annual awards presentation, Mr. Kwak is effusive in his praise of scholarship applicants and winners, acknowledging how their stories of dedication to nursing and motivation to improve have inspired him and his family.

Several years ago, Mr. Kwak began a scholarship fund in memory of his mother and the outstanding nursing care she received though Palos Health. “My mother was dying from heart problems and dementia,” explained Mr. Kwak. “However, my brother and I did not want her to go to a nursing home. Because of the expert care she received at the hospital and later through Palos Private Duty, she was able to remain at home with us.” After their mother’s death, the Kwak family discussed the best way to honor her memory while also recognizing the excellent care she received during her illness. “We were very high on the superlative nursing care at Palos,” said Mr. Kwak. “We eventually decided to fund a scholarship program for nurses.” Since the Lois G. Kwak Nursing Scholarship began in 2015,

“We have had an outstanding experience with the nurses at Palos,” said Mr. Kwak. “My family and I were most impressed by the quality of the nursing staff, especially when we learn of their back stories and how they continue to better themselves through education. During the scholarship presentations, it is remarkable to hear the awardees share their stories of what inspired their careers in nursing as well as to learn how they care for others in their home or community when they are away from the hospital.” “Their concern, compassion and patience reflect exactly what our mother would have given someone in her situation. My hope is that more Palos employees are encouraged to apply for this scholarship, and also that more scholarships are created to help others.”


2016 Karen Guzzo

Angela McSweeny

2017 Jaclyn Jaclyn Vanderwarren McPheeters



2018 Dawn Vander Meer

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Jane McCarthy

Candace Richards

Congratulations to the

Palos Hospital Emergency Department! Congratulations to the Palos Hospital Emergency Department, one of only 28 emergency departments in the US to have been named a recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association’s 2019 Lantern Award. This award recognizes emergency departments that demonstrate excellent practice and innovative performance through leadership, education, advocacy and research. Learn more at ena.org.

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C A N C E R R E S O U R C E FA I R Free t Even

Tuesday, October 1 | 9 a.m. – Noon Palos Hospital Auditorium

Free Valet Parking

Meet with various experts at Palos Health! Get your questions answered and collect valuable information. Event includes physician presentations. Speakers, raffles and refreshments! Connect with representatives from: Nurse Navigation | Nutrition | Rehabilitation Services | Women’s Health | Social Services Pastoral Care | Caregiver Support Center | Home Health/Palliative Care

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WELLNESS WELLNESS Making Sense of Cholesterol Good, bad, high, low — figuring out your numbers and what they mean for your health can be confusing. Our registered dietitian nutritionist breaks it down for you with easy-tounderstand explanations along with strategies for helping get your numbers within the proper range. TIME/DATE: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Thursday, September 19 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Healthy Holiday Save your sanity this holiday season by preparing in advance! Experienced nutritionists give you their tips and tricks for making holiday entertaining go more smoothly while getting the most nutritional value from each dish. Stay informed and illnessfree with the latest in food safety. TIME/DATE: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Wednesday, October 23 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Diabetes: What You Need to Know Diabetes and pre-diabetes are on the rise, causing complications in many

parts of the body and resulting in early death for some. But there is hope. Learn about healthy lifestyle changes you can make to prevent or reduce disease symptoms and start enjoying a better quality of life.

Palos Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Avenue, Palos Heights (please park in lot 4 or 5 and enter through Rehabilitation Services) REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $10/ individual; $15/couple (max 10 people)

TIME/DATE: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Tuesday, November 5 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Your Diabetes Game Plan

Don’t Skip a Beat! Living with AFib People who experience an irregular and/or rapid heart rate are at an increased risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Learn how medications and other interventions can help manage this condition. Presented by electrophysiologist Martin Burke, DO. TIME/DATE: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Tuesday, September 10 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

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. TIME/DATE: 6 – 7 pm, Wednesday, November 6 LOCATION: Conference Room 1A and B, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights (please enter through Rehabilitation Services, across from parking lot 4) REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Living on the Border: Diabetes Prevention 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.


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

Nutrition for Your Heart

Take Better Care of Your Back

TIME/DATES: 1 – 2 pm, Tuesdays, September 10 or November 12 LOCATION: Palos Diabetes & Nutrition, Suite 122, Building D, Palos Health South Campus, 15300 West Avenue, Orland Park TIME/DATES: 6 – 7 pm, Tuesdays, October 8 or December 10 LOCATION: ACC1 Conference Room,

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 about nutrition and physical activity, instructions on bloodglucose monitoring and a customized eating plan. Note: A physician referral is required to join the program.

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

Courage to Quit This seven-week program is designed for adults who are ready to quit smoking. Offered by the Respiratory Health Association. Maximum 15 participants per class. Registration is required. TIME/DATES: 9 – 10 am Mondays, October 21 – December 2 TIME/DATES: 6:30 – 7:30 pm Wednesdays, October 23 – December 4 LOCATION: Conference Room B, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

A Matter of Balance Maintain your independence and reduce your fall risk. Led by physical or occupational therapists at Palos, this program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Know a loved one who might benefit? Gift certificates now available for purchase!


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TIME/DATES: 10 am–noon, Tuesdays, Oct 1 – November 19 LOCATION: Orland Park Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Avenue, Orland Park TIME/DATES: 10 am – noon, Wednesdays, October 2 – November 20 LOCATION: ACC1 Conference Room, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights (please park in lot 4 or 5 and enter through Rehabilitation Services) REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $80

Nutrition and Cancer Care Good nutrition can be a challenge when dealing with cancer and treatment. Learn how to eat to maintain body weight, cut the risk of recurrence, reduce nausea and improve your overall quality of life. Led by registered dietitian nutritionist Lela Iliopoulos. TIME/DATES: 2 – 3 pm, Thursdays, September 12 or November 14 LOCATION: Woodland Café Conference Room, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

FAMILY-CENTERED Birth, Babies and Beyond Express Get the most out 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. TIME/DATES: 8 am – 4 pm Saturdays, September 14, October 12, November 2 or December 7 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, bathing, 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.

TIME/DATES: 6:30 – 9:30 pm Wednesdays, September 18, October 9, November 13 or December 4 TIME/DATES: 8 – 11 am Saturdays, September 28, October 26, November 16 or December 21 LOCATION: Childbirth Classroom, Palos Hospital 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $20/couple

update on childbirth practices, the latest in baby care and a tour of the Birthing Center are included.

Breastfeeding Basics

Nursing Moms Network

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.

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/DATES: 6:30 – 9 pm, Thursdays, October 17, November 21 or December 12 TIME/DATES: 8 – 10:30 am, Saturdays, September 21, October 19, November 9, December 14 LOCATION: Childbirth Classroom, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $20/couple

Infant/Child/Adult CPR 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 – 9 pm Thursdays, September 12, 26, October 10, 24, November 14, December 5, 19 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Childbirth Classroom, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $30/person

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/DATES: 7 – 9:30 pm Thursdays, September 19 or November 7 LOCATION: Childbirth Classroom, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

TIMES/DATES: First Wednesday of month 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: 11 am – 12:30 pm, most Tuesdays (no Nursing Moms Network Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve); 6 – 7:30 pm, third Monday of month LOCATION: ACC1 Conference Room, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights (please park in lot 4 or 5 and enter through Rehabilitation Services) REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

TIME/DATES: 10 – 11 am, first Thursday of each month (no group Dec) LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights 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 ages 3-9 years of age.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Behavioral Health Movie Night

TIME/DATES: 4 – 5 pm Wednesdays, September 25 or November 6 LOCATION: Childbirth Classroom, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: $5/child with a maximum of $15/family

Join us for “The Anonymous People,” a groundbreaking documentary that focuses on the 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs. Palos Behavioral Health and SMART Recovery staff will be available after the film for a brief Q&A. Free popcorn and drinks provided. Parents strongly cautioned, some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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 rooms. TIMES/DATES: 6 – 6:45 pm, select Wednesdays and Thursdays; 11 – 11:45 am, select Saturdays. Call for dates. LOCATION: Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, 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

SUPPORT GROUPS Lymphedema Support Group Network with others experiencing lymphedema while receiving updates on products, community resources and management strategies. TIME/DATE: 5:30 – 6:30 pm Wednesdays, November 13 LOCATION: ACC1 Conference Room, Palos Hospital, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights (please park in lot 4 or 5 and enter through Rehabilitation Services) REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

FALL 2019

TIME/DATE: 10 am – noon, Saturday, November 2 LOCATION: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

Suicide Prevention Palos Behavioral Health professionals help you decipher the warning signs of someone who may be contemplating taking their life, while providing action steps for suicide prevention. Learn about the various treatments for suicidal thoughts and behaviors and for survivors of suicide. Presented by Katherine Dahlberg, LCSW, and Katherine Trolia,RN. TIME/DATE: 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Thursday, November 7 LOCATION: Conference Room A, Building A, Palos Health South Campus, 15300 West Avenue, Orland Park (please enter through the main entrance and take the elevator down to the conference room) REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

SMART Recovery SMART Recovery is an abstinencebased mental health and educational program focused on changing addictive behaviors. Weekly meetings focus on ideas and techniques to help participants change from a selfdestructive and unhappy life to one that is constructive and satisfying. TIME/DATES: 8 – 9 pm, most Tuesdays LOCATION: Conference Room B, Building A, Palos Health South Campus, 15300 West Avenue, Orland Park For further information please call 708.460.2721 COST: Free

SMART Recovery Family & Friends

TIME/DATE: 7 – 9 pm, Thursday, September 26 LOCATON: Palos Hospital Auditorium, 12251 South 80th Avenue, Palos Heights REGISTRATION: 708.226.2300 COST: Free

SMART Recovery Family & Friends offers a supportive group environment for those affected by the substance abuse or addiction issues of others. Participants receive education, skills and training on how to develop a healthier relationship with their loved one, including how to increase the likelihood of recovery.

Coping with the Holidays

TIME/DATES: 6 – 7 pm, most Thursdays LOCATION: Building C, Suite 313, Palos Health South Campus, 15300 West Avenue, Orland Park For further information please call 708.460.2721 COST: Free

The holidays can be difficult for those grieving the recent loss of a loved one. In our workshop, we will explore ways to manage the stress of the holidays, practice self-care, and create meaningful moments throughout the season.




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Visual impairment is a leading contributor to falls in older adults. However many strategies can be used to compensate for sight limitations. Learn more about visual impairment and other potential fall risks and what you can do to stay independent at our 7th Annual Fall Prevention Fair.

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Look What You Can Do to Prevent Falls: Focusing on Vision Impairment and Fall Prevention

Free event includes: Blood pressure checks and balance screenings Footwear and assistive device checks Medication reviews by Palos pharmacist Resources to help avoid falls, remain safe and improve activity level Refreshments | Giveaways | Raffle Prizes Walk-ins welcome. Free valet parking available. *For your comfort, please dress in layers.

For additional information or to register, please call 708.226.2300.



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