Advocate Health Care
Good Samaritan Hospital’s parent organization, Advocate Health Care, recently merged with Aurora Health Care of Wisconsin to become the 10th largest nonprofit, integrated health care system in the United States. As such, they say they will continue to scale innovation to seek lower costs, a better consumer experience, enhanced access and improved outcomes.
Good Samaritan Hospital is proud of its cardiac program – particularly its use of the CardioMEMs device to wirelessly monitor and treat heart failure patients. Good Samaritan has performed more implantations of the device than any other hospital in the state and offers a simple, non-invasive $49 Healthy Heart Scan to screen for the most common form of heart disease.
Good Samaritan has also continued its high level of excellence in the realm of back and spine care and neurosurgery. Each patient who goes through the door of the hospital’s recently opened, world-class Spine Care Center receives a personalized treatment plan involving advanced treatment and comprehensive support from neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, pain management specialists and advanced practice nurses.
The hospital has also continued to provide the highest-level cancer care to the western suburbs out of its newly expanded Bhorade Cancer Center. The space offers seamless care coordination by expert physicians and medical staff in all areas of cancer care. The cancer center also includes consultation rooms where newly diagnosed patients meet with their medical team on the same day, at the same location as with on-site financial, patient and nurse navigators.
In addition, the hospital recently added the Automated Breast Ultrasound System to its mammographic tools, allowing its cancer team to better screen for cancers in women with dense breasts. Approximately 40 percent of American women have dense breasts, which make it harder to spot cancer through in conventional ultrasounds.
In June the hospital opened a new Level III Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit to offer expanded care for medically unstable or critically ill newborns. The new unit doubles the size of the hospital’s previous space and includes private rooms for improved privacy and comfort.
Good Samaritan was recently recognized as one of the top 25 hospitals in the country for health care sustainability for the fifth straight year by Practice Greenhealth. The hospital received the recognition for its efforts to reduce energy use, increase recycling, establish of green building practices and other sustainability goals. It was also recognized in the leadership and environmentally-preferable purchasing categories.
Good Samaritan also offers live online chats to schedule appointments, view your medical history, chat with doctors and more; online reservations for immediate care visits; same-day mammography appointments and results; and direct access screening colonoscopies allowing qualified patients to schedule a colonoscopy without a prior gastroenterologist visit.
Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center
Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center is the only fitness facility in DuPage County that is certified by the Medical Fitness Association, an international organization that recognizes fitness facilities for their professional expertise, excellence in facilities and programming, and their focus on safety. It is open to public, and membership starts at 14 years of age, including, single, couple and family membership options. It is a multi-purpose facility that meets all your fitness needs.
The 90,000-square-foot facility on the campus of Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital has three indoor pools, sauna and steam room, an indoor track, an extensive fitness floor and weight room, four group exercise studios and a basketball court. Specialty services/amenities include child care services, clinical programming for cardiac, pulmonary and diabetic management; clinical services such as nutrition counseling and weight management; spa services such as massage therapy and acupuncture; a full-service hair salon, waxing, manicures and pedicures; and personal training services including land and water-based group and private swim lessons and Pilates Allegros Reformer exercises.
“It is our belief that exercise is medicine, said Laura Neiberg, vice president of support operations. “Studies have shown that only 20 percent of the things that go wrong with us are genetic. The other 80 percent are caused by lifestyle choices like smoking, making poor food choices or being inactive. Research has proven that exercise, at the correct intensity and duration, not only improves the quality of life but also decreases the incidence of disease, chronic health conditions and obesity.”
“The hospital is designed to help people once they get sick, while the Wellness Center is designed to keep people healthy longer and to make sure they stay on the right track after surgery, treatment or inpatient care,” Neiberg added.
Dues may be paid annually or monthly. Rates vary, depending on the type of membership purchased. Most memberships include access to more than 70 free group exercise classes per week, use of all pools, basketball court, track and all equipment, use of a locker and free towels. Specialty services and classes require an extra fee.
For more information, visit www.advocatehealth.com/gsam/wellness or call (630) 275-2700.
Midwestern University clinics
The residents of Downers Grove, Woodridge and surrounding communities are fortunate to be served by a Multispecialty Clinic at 3450 Lacey Rd., operated by Midwestern University. The five-story clinic houses a Dental Institute, a Speech-Language Institute, a Family Medicine Clinic, a Physical Therapy Institute and an Eye Institute. Midwestern faculty and upper-level graduate students provide a wide-range of health care services for members of the community at the clinic.
The Eye Institute is Midwestern’s newest clinic. According to Dr. Dena Weitzman, associate dean, the more than 10 physicians on staff provide comprehensive family eye care and evaluations (from infants to seniors). Specialty services include emergency eye care; electrodiagnostics of retinal disorders; and vision therapy for strabismus, amblyopia and other pediatric vision problems, as well as for brain injuries like strokes and concussions; low vision rehabilitation; management of eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration; and even ocular prosthetics. The optical department also includes a wide selection of eyeglasses and contact lenses at affordable prices.
At the Physical Therapy Institute, community members receive comprehensive outpatient physical therapy based on evidence-based treatments. Clinical faculty members evaluate each patient to determine their individual needs and develop unique treatment plans designed to restore health and function. The Institute can address many types of general orthopedic conditions, movement difficulties, post-surgical orthopedic conditions, Temporomandibular joint dysfunction and more.
And at the Dental Institute, Midwestern faculty and student dentists use the latest technology and treatments to provide quality care at about half the cost. The physicians at the Family Medicine Clinic provide a full-spectrum of care including annual exams, sports physicals, treatment of acute injuries and illness, Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and more. In addition, the faculty and student clinicians at the Speech-Institute help people of all ages learn to be better communicators.
Midwestern University is a graduate degree-granting institution offering degrees in the health sciences with 12 colleges and two campuses. The Illinois campus in Downers Grove is home to over 2,900 students and five colleges specializing in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, health sciences, dental medicine and optometry. The Arizona campus in Glendale is home to over 3,500 students and six colleges. The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
For additional information, visit mwuclinics.com or midwestern.edu.
AMITA Health continues to grow to better serve patients and families across Chicagoland. With the recent acquisition of Presence Health, AMITA Health is now the largest health system in Illinois, comprised of 19 hospitals and more than 230 sites of care, staffed by more than 900 medical group providers, 26,000 employees and 7,000 physician partners. Four AMITA hospitals are located within 10 miles of downtown Downers Grove – in Hinsdale, LaGrange, Glendale Heights and Bolingbrook.
Recently, as part of a larger ambulatory expansion plan, AMITA Health announced it will offer an array of medical services in a new 50,000-square-foot facility in the space previously occupied by Dominick’s at 2363 63rd St. in Woodridge.
The new Woodridge AMITA Health location is expected to open in spring 2019 and will offer comprehensive diagnostic imaging services, immediate care, primary care, behavioral health services and specialty care in cardiology, obstetrics and gastroenterology. The new site will include procedural suites for screening colonoscopies and other simple specialty procedures.
For those needing a physician, the AMITA Health Medical Group has convenient office locations in Woodridge at 7425 Janes Ave., and in Downers Grove at 5207 Main St. The offices include a full staff of family practice, ear, nose and throat, obstetrics and gynecology and other specialists. For more information, visit www.amitahealth.org.
The recognitions and awards earned by Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare over the past year are literally too numerous to detail.
For instance, Edward Hospital in Naperville was recognized in Consumer Reports’ ratings of 500 hospitals nationwide for open heart surgery performance, including coronary bypass surgery and aortic valve replacement. It also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With the Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus” achievement award and began using Shockwave to treat calcified plaque in patients with peripheral artery disease.