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Silver Cross Offers Health Education Classes in October

Joliet, IL (September 16, 2011)— Silver Cross Hospital is offering an AHA Healthcare Provider CPR class for LPNs, RNs, Paramedics, EMTs, and CNAs. This class teaches one and two person infant, child and adult CPR as well as rescue from choking. The  will be held on Saturday, October 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet. Cost is $60 and includes American Heart Association certification. Call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or visit www.silvercross.org to register.

AHA Heart Saver First Aid
Participants will learn basic first aid including how to care for cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns, how to control bleeding, how to minimize the effects of shock, how to treat injuries to bones, muscles and joints: and caring for sudden illness including poison and heat and cold emergencies. This class is required for staff of day care homes and centers. Those who need CPR certification should also enroll in the AHA Heart Saver CPR. This class will be held on Monday, October 3 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Silver Cross Hospital, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet. Cost is $45 and includes American Heart Association certification. Call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or visit www.silvercross.org to register.

Freedom from Smoking
Silver Cross Hospital in conjunction with the American Lung Association and the Coalition Toward a Tobacco-Free Will County offers education and support to ensure that remaining smoke free will become a permanent lifestyle choice. Freedom from Smoking is a 5-week workshop and will be held on Saturdays, September 24 to November 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at Silver Cross Hospital, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet. To register to attend, call (815) 727-8769.

High-Tech AAC for People with Severe Disabilities
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Speech Pathologists in conjunction with DynaVox Technologies will host an informational session on the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices for individuals with severe disabilities. The free program will be held on Saturday, October 8 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet. To learn more about the program or to register, please visit www.dynavoxtech.com/training/on-location/AAC-implementation-workshops/ or call (815) 439-6300.

Obesity & Your Health: Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?
Join Drs. Christopher Joyce and Brian Lahmann, experienced gastric bypass surgeons with Bariatric & Minimally Invasive (BMI) Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, for a free informational session about Obesity & Your Health: Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You? The program is held every Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. in the Specialty Care Pavilion on the Silver Cross Hospital Campus, 1300 Copperfield Ave., Joliet. Participants will learn about the advantages and risks of traditional and laparoscopic bariatric weight loss surgery, including the REALIZE™ and Lap-Band gastric band systems, find out who is a candidate for the procedure, and hear from area patients about their experiences. Silver Cross has been named as Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery and a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery. Register to attend this free informational session online at www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Living Right for Prostate Health
Join Dr. Ernesto Tan, urologist, to learn more about herbal treatments, modern medicines and minimally invasive procedures for enlarged prostates. This program is free and will be held on Monday, October 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Silver Cross Conference Center, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet. Register at www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Suffering from chronic back pain and/or neck pain?  Dr. Cary Templin, orthopaedic and spine surgeon, will present the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery including less scarring and soft tissue damage, shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery. This program is free and will be held on Wednesday, October 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Silver Cross Conference Center, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet. Register at www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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 seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 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 well underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in Feb. 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 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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