Silver Cross Hospital Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety
New Lenox, IL (June 12, 2012)— Silver Cross Hospital was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. This is the highest mark a hospital can receive. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.
Girl Scouts Troup Delivers Puppets for Pediatric Unit at Silver Cross Hospital
New Lenox, IL (June 12, 2012)— To comfort sick children, members from Girl Scouts Troup #441, delivered handmade puppets to the Pediatric Unit at Silver Cross Hospital. The girls are part of the Girl Scout’s Frankfort Service Unit and decided to make the creative puppets their project to achieve their Sewing Badge. Members who participated include: Emily McGlone, Jenn Wise, Keara Powers, Amber Nagaraja, Anna Breitbarth and Aurora Abbott.
Silver Cross Promotes National HIV/Aids Testing Day
Hospital offers Free Screening on June 26 in partnership with CUFAA/Regional Care Assoc.
New Lenox, IL (June 8, 2012)— Every 9 ½ minutes, someone is infected with HIV in the United States. Silver Cross Hospital in partnership with Churches United in the Fight Against Aids (CUFAA) and Regional Care Association are offering free and confidential HIV screenings to the community on Tuesday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to noon in a private screening area at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. The simple screening consists of collecting cells by putting a swab inside your mouth with results available after 20 minutes. This screening is open to those thirteen years and older only. If you are under 13 years old and would like a HIV test, or have any questions regarding HIV, please contact Kris Toll of Regional Care Association at 815-722-7000. Regional Care Association receives support from a testing services grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health- Center for Minority Health Services, providing the public an opportunity to receive free screenings. Register for your free screening today at www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). Walk-ins are also welcome.
What Is HIV?
H – Human – This particular virus can only infect human beings.
I – Immunodeficiency – HIV weakens your immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. A "deficient" immune system can't protect you.
V – Virus – A virus can only reproduce itself by taking over a cell in the body of its host.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a lot like other viruses, including those that cause the "flu" or the common cold. But there is an important difference – over time, your immune system can clear most viruses out of your body. That isn't the case with HIV – the human immune system can't seem to get rid of it.
HIV can hide for long periods of time in the cells of your body and that it attacks a key part of your immune system that your body needs to fight infections and disease. Over time, HIV can destroy so much of your immune system that your body can't fight infections and diseases anymore. When that happens, HIV infection can lead to AIDS.
What Is AIDS?
A – Acquired – AIDS is not something you inherit from your parents. You acquire AIDS after birth.
I – Immuno – Your body's immune system includes all the organs and cells that work to fight off infection or disease.
D – Deficiency – You get AIDS when your immune system is "deficient," or isn't working the way it should.
S – Syndrome – A syndrome is a collection of symptoms and signs of disease. AIDS is a syndrome, rather than a single disease, because it is a complex illness with a wide range of symptoms.
Take control, Take the test
"Basically, anyone who has had more than one sex partner should be tested," says Dr. Patricia Langehennig, HIV specialist on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. "If you're having new partners from one year to the next, you should be tested on a routine basis, even if you're using safe-sex techniques."
HIV is not a fatal disease, and seeking treatment at an early stage can help prevent the AIDS virus, helping people manage to live into their old age. Many people don't get tested because they feel healthy, but it often takes several years until people with the HIV virus develop the first signs of AIDS. Take control of your health and get tested.
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 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 289-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices and recently opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 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).
Urinary Incontinence: You DO Have Options
Have you ever not quite made it to the bathroom in time? If so, you’re not alone. Urinary incontinence affects millions of women in the U.S.
Make Sure Summertime is Safety Time
According to the Safe Kids USA organization, each year more children between the ages 1 and 4 years die from unintentional injuries than from all childhood diseases combined. An overwhelming majority of these fatalities occur in the home. As children play outside during the summer months, Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center would like to remind families with young children of helpful summertime safety tips.