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Silver Cross Offers Health Screenings in March

Joliet, IL (February 14, 2011)— Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers today and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.  It is often symptom-less in its early and most curable stages.  In honor of National Colon Health month, Silver Cross Hospital is offering Free Colon Cancer Screening Kits throughout the month of March. Beginning at age 50, individuals should begin regular colorectal screenings. Using the kit, you will collect a stool sample in your home and send it to the hospital’s Lab to be tested for blood.  Results are mailed back for patients to share with their physician.  To request a colon cancer kit, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Baseline Cardiac Risk Assessment
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. If you are not sure if you are at risk for heart disease, now is the time to find out with a Baseline Cardiac Risk Assessment held in the LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Cardiovascular Institute at Silver Cross Hospital, 1300 Copperfield Ave., Joliet, Silver Cross Health Center in Homer Glen at 12701 W. 143rd St., and Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  This screening includes measurements of total cholesterol including HDL and LDL levels, blood glucose level, triglyceride level, blood pressure and body fat; 12-lead EKG, health and lifestyle evaluation, and a personal phone consultation with a registered cardiac nurse to review results and answer questions. A 12-hour fast is required. Cost is $40. To schedule an appointment, call (815) 740-7076.

Calcium Artery Scoring  
Silver Cross Hospital offers a quick and painless test using a high speed CT scanner that can measure calcium deposits in the coronary arteries to determine your risk of having a heart attack. Calcium artery scoring is ideal for men over age 45 and women over age 55 who smoke, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a family history of premature coronary artery disease. This scan is available for $200.  Call (815) 740-7076 for an appointment.

Diabetes Screening
In recognition of the American Diabetes Association’s American Diabetes Alert, the Silver Cross Diabetes Center will offer free screenings to detect diabetes on Tuesday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Francis Pavilion Lobby at Silver Cross Hospital, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet.  Participants will be offered a Diabetes Risk Test and Blood Glucose Test.  For more information, call (815) 740-5990.

Kidney Disease Screening
Silver Cross Renal Centers in partnership with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois KidneyMobile® and Northeast Nephrology Consultants will offer free kidney disease screenings which includes a blood pressure and blood glucose testing as well as urine analysis. The screening will be held in the Silver Cross Specialty Care Pavilion lobby Tuesday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Schedule an appointment at www.silvercross.org or by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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

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

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last six consecutive years and a one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in February 2012 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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