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IN THIS ISSUE Letter from Our President. . . . . . . . . . . . . New Physicians. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Health Outcomes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clinical Trials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Save the Date. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Physicians In the News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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June 2014

Join Us On June 25 E  ast Tower Beam Signing Ceremony! for the

The party planners are all geared up and ready to host the next event celebrating the transformation and expansion taking place at Christ Medical Center, namely the signing of the structural beam that will top the East Tower now under construction. Despite the weather delays caused by the severe winter in this area, construction of the East Tower is more than 20 percent complete. When open, the East Tower will provide 72 private Intensive Care patient beds, 48 private post-partum patient beds with well baby nurseries, 15 labor and delivery rooms and eight ante-partum private patient beds, for increased patient comfort during their healing process. Ken Lukhard and his executive team invite all physicians and associates to etch their names and celebratory messages into the beam following a brief ceremony on Wednesday, June 25, beginning at 11 am.

The Name Has Changed: Making Way for New Lung Transplant Program The Heart and Vascular Institute is now the Heart, Vascular and Transplant Institute, following the medical center’s recent launch of the state’s newest lung transplant program—and the first for Chicago’s south, southwest and western suburbs. The lung transplant program was recently designated by the United Network for Organ Sharing’s (UNOS), the national agency that certifies organizations for organ transplantation following rigorous review and analysis of the institution and its staff. Two of the nation’s top lung transplant physicians—one a surgeon and the other a transplant pulmonologist—have joined the Christ Medical Center family to address the area’s needs for additional programs that provide lung-transplant evaluation and surgery. Currently, at least 100 patients in the Chicagoland area require lung transplantation. Yet, because of the lack of sufficient transplantation services in the area, many patients leave the state of Illinois for care. In Illinois, with a population of more than 13 million people, only about 50 lung transplants are currently performed annually. The new lung transplantation program at Christ Medical Center will provide Chicago and Southland residents with more options for remaining in the area for lung care. “We are excited knowing that our medical center now offers a broader, more comprehensive approach to caring for heart, kidney and now lungs,” says Ken Lukhard. “This furthers our commitment to the community to be a world-class, fully comprehensive tertiary and quaternary program and a Pulmonary Center of Excellence.” If you have a patient who may be a candidate for the multidisciplinary lung transplant program at Christ Medical Center, please contact Christine Caldario at 41-9646 or 708.684.9646.

The Stars Align Again Hollywood’s Walk of Fame isn’t the only place you can see the stars. In fact, for the past 10 consecutive reporting periods, Christ Medical Center has earned the highest rating—three stars—from the Chicago based Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Each year, the STS analyzes data from hospitals throughout the country and rates them on their overall performance, survival rates, complications and other measures including coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). For more information regarding the award, or to see how Christ Medical Center compares to other hospitals, please click here.


Open Letter March of Dimes is Accepting Nominations

Dear Colleagues, Well, here we are again! Time to sign one more beam and celebrate another momentous occasion! It seems like six months ago (actually it was August 24, 2012) when we gathered and signed the beam that topped off our new nine-story Outpatient Pavilion.

The March of Dimes (MOD) is accepting nominations for its 17th annual Jonas Salk Health Leadership Awards. Each year, MOD recognizes individuals or groups in the health care field for exceptional leadership and contributions to improving infant and maternal health. The intent is to recognized individuals who continue the legacy of the MOD mission of improving the health of babies and is designed to raise funds that support this mission. The five categories of selection criteria are physicians, nurses, public health and community health, research and health care management. If you would like to nominate the contributions of a health care professional in the field of infant and maternal health, please submit the nomination application by Aug. 1, 2014. Copies of the nomination form may be found by clicking here.

Improving the Key Result Areas (KRA) for Infectious Diseases TIn the review and analysis of KRAs for infectious diseases, several factors have been identified as contributing to poor performance and the overutilization of laboratory tests, often resulting in either misleading results or the overtreatment of patients. In an effort to provide better quality outcomes, increase patient satisfaction scores and ultimately improve physician KRA results, the Section of Infectious Disease has outlined a few evidence-based guidelines for recognizing the clinical indications for ordering tests. These recommendations include the following physician orders: • ordering blood cultures, • the appropriate technique for drawing blood cultures, • the appropriate clinical indications for ordering C-difficile PCR tests, • Repeat C-difficile PCR testing, and • Clinical indications for ordering urine cultures To learn more about the most appropriate clinical indications and evidence-based guidelines to ordering test, click here.

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And, now, more than two years later, our dream to have a state-of-the-art outpatient center housing ALL of our outpatient services is a reality! Patients are dropped off at the “front door” of the Pavilion, their loved one parks across the street in a garage connected to the building and crosses over the street via a sky bridge, and life is 1,000 times easier for our outpatients to access care. What an awesome addition to our medical campus. And, now, we are going to repeat this fun and memorable process one more time—only this time it is for our new bed tower. As you all know so well, our shortage of ICU beds has been acute for a long time. Each year, we close our emergency department doors to thousands of patients because our ICU beds (90 in total) are all full. Hospitals south and west of us that need to send their sickest and most complicated patients to us have given up trying to transfer these patients to us for years, because they know that it is unlikely that we will have beds available to them. Also, our obstetrics floor has been outdated for about 15 years. The addition of the new bed tower will allow us to grow our tertiary/quaternary services (caring for the really sick) and our obstetrical services, much of which involves “high-risk” pregnancy care. As health care continues to change, very few hospitals in the future will add “additional capacity” at their campuses. So, as a health care professional, you may want to consider attending this beam signing, because it may be the last one to which you are invited for decades! Advocate Christ Medical Center has much to be proud of and grateful for: • Our talented and committed associates • Gifted physicians who lead the way clinically • A dramatically expanding campus • A health care system that is forward-thinking, creative and supportive This is a very exciting time to be at Advocate Christ Medical Center! Thank you for all that you do to help this place be among the very best major teaching hospitals in the country. God Bless! Sincerely,

Kenneth W. Lukhard, President


Welcome New Physicians The new physicians, listed below, are proving to be important assets to our healing and health care ministry, and we look forward to their continued contributions as we continue to expand the continuum of health services to the patients in Chicago and the Southland!

David Barounis, MD Emergency Medicine

Muhammad Omer, MD Medicine/ Nephrology

Brian Ruiz deLuzuriaga, MD Lakshmi Emory, MD Diagnostic Radiology Family Medicine

Anita Pachikara, MD Pediatrics

Andrea Yan Sin Lo, MD Pediatrics/ Pediatric Surgery

Mazen Rachid, MD Pediatrics

Grace Mak, MD Pediatric Surgery

Ranjiv Randhawa, MD Internal Medicine

Clinical Trials The LVIS Study: A Pivotal Study of the MicroVention, Inc. Neurovascular Self-Expanding Retrievable Stent System in the Treatment of WideNecked Intracranial Artery Aneurysms. Principal Investigator: Thomas Grobelny, MD; Coordinator: Diane Lelo, RN, extension 41.4698, pager 41.4252 THE LEADLESS II STUDY A Safety and Effectiveness Trial for a Leadless Pacemaker System. Principal Investigator: Manoj Duggal, MD; Coordinator: Diane Braun, RN, extension 41-4209, pager 41.2999 The Penumbra Liberty Trial: Safety and Effectiveness in the Treatment of Wide-Neck Intracranial Aneurysms. Principal Investigator: Thomas Grobelny, MD; Coordinator: Diane Lelo, RN, extension 41.4698, pager 41.4252

Mark Slidell, MD Pediatric Surgery

Health Outcomes


Things You Should Know Save the Date

Physicians in the News Melvin Wichter, MD, was featured in area print and broadcast media regarding a new blood test that might be able to determine if athletes or others who have suffered head trauma have indeed sustained a concussion. Articles on the topic were published in Health eNews and the SouthtownStar newspaper and a news segment appeared on WGN-TV and WGN-Radio-720 AM.

AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Program July 9 & 10, 2014 8 am – 5 pm Advocate Kensington Support Center, Classroom 1 1400 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523 Cost: $140.00 For more information, please contact Debbie Schy at or simply register by clicking here.

Muhammad Hamadeh, MD, was interviewed by news radio WLS 890 AM regarding the impact that the longer days of daylight have on reducing the quality of one’s sleep. Information related to the topic also was headlined in Health eNews.

Review and Updates in Neuro-Oncology: 2014 July 12, 2014 Auditorium 8:00 am – 3:45 pm The American Cancer Society Relay for Life July 19, 2014 Oak Lawn Community Pavilion 9401 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Lawn, IL 2:00 pm – 6:00 am For more information or to register for the event, click here.

An article offering sound advice for avoiding workplace depression appeared in Health eNews and featured Harold McGrath, MD.

Medical Staff Golf Outing August 6, 2014 Harborside Golf Center 11001 S. Doty Ave., Chicago, IL 60617

In all the wrong ways, the mumps are making a comeback, and Malli Challapalli, MD, advises parents regarding mumps vaccinations. The consumer-friendly article appeared in a recent edition of Health eNews.

Symposium: Ignite the Fight Against Obesity September 26, 2014 7:45 am – 4 pm ARAMARK 2300 Warrenville Road, Downers Grove, IL Register at 1.800.3.ADVOCATE or click here. Space is limited to 100 participants. Education hours will be awarded upon successful completion of this program

Joseph Marek, MD, continues to sound the alarm for greater preventative measures, including offering EKG cardiac screening to students and young athletes to detect the existence of cardiac abnormalities. His renewed call for more preventative measures comes on the heels of the recent death of a 16-year-old basketball player from Christ the King High School. The article can be found in Health eNews.

Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Symposium: Care of the VAD Patient in the Community September 27, 2014 8 am – 4:15 pm Auditorium

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