Breast cancer: A view from the other side

When Christine isn’t working as an NCH nurse navigator, she cherishes time with her grandbabies!

The world of a newly-diagnosed breast cancer patient can be unsettling and scary. Think gray – not pink. But when Christine Masonick picks up the phone and asks, “How can I help you?” that world gently starts to change. Christine is NCH’s Breast Program Manager and one of three Nurse Navigators working in the Breast Center. In that role, she Continue reading

NCH Wellness Center Members Win Award, Raise Money for Cancer Patients

Left to right: Tanari Cruz, Morelba Becerril, Amanda Seilheimer and Samantha Breden , members of the Wellness Warriors.

Who says a little exercise can’t make a difference. For five local women, exercising at NCH’s Wellness Center proved to be a life-changing event. The team – the Wellness Warriors – competed in the Daily Herald’s “Fittest Loser” competition. After weeks of grueling workouts, the Wellness Warriors – Amanda Seilheimer, Morelba Becerril, Samantha Breden, Sara Sondegaard and Tanairi Cruz – Continue reading

What Makes a Great Pediatric Nurse? NCH goes straight to the source.

Lindsay Reynolds, a pediatric patient, shows off her super hero cape before being discharged.

Superheroes and pediatric nurses have a lot in common The week (October 5-11, 2014) has been designated as Pediatric Nurses Week, but seven days isn’t nearly enough time to honor these super-hearted nurses! We asked some of our own about what motivates them as a pediatric nurse, here’s what they had to say. Why I became a pediatric nurse: Misty: Give Continue reading

Leaky bladder? We’ve gotta talk about it to treat it

Whether you call it a leaky bladder or urinary incontinence (UI) – it’s one of those topics women don’t like to talk about. But the fact is one in three women will experience bladder leakage in her lifetime, according to the American Urological Association.

Do leaky bladder problems rule your life? Whether you call it a leaky bladder or urinary incontinence (UI) – it’s one of those topics women don’t like to talk about. But the fact is one in three women will experience bladder leakage in her lifetime, according to the American Urological Association. Get this – millions of women may be walking around Continue reading

Help Raise Funds for NCH Breast Cancer Patients — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This October, you can make a difference in the fight against cancer, and raise funds for people seeking treatment at NCH. Take a stand and Think Before You Pink at these events:

Think Before You Pink — Breast Cancer Awareness This October, you can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer, and raise funds for people seeking treatment at NCH. Participate in these events and know that your donations to NCH will help in continuing to find effective treatments for cancer. For more information, call Lindsey in the NCH Foundation at 847-618-4267. Continue reading

Today, September 29, is World Heart Day!

Today is World Heart Day -- 9/29/2014

Established by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day 2014 encourages us all to reduce our cardiovascular risk and promote a heart-healthy planet. Read more about the World Heart Federation! Closer to home, here’s how NCH is strengthening cardiovascular care in the community: NCH now has an affiliation with Loyola University Medical Center vascular surgeons who serve on the NCH Continue reading

Nurse Navigators Help Patients, Families, on their Cancer Journey

Nurse Navigator Juli Aistars works with radiation oncologist Dr. Najeeb Mohideen on a regular basis about her prostate cancer patients at Northwest Community Hospital.
Credit: Bob Chwedyk | Daily Herald

A diagnosis of prostate cancer can turn your world upside down. Just ask NCH Nurse Navigator Juli Astars. Juli Aistars, RN, APN, is the prostate nurse navigator – she answers questions, guides patients through prostate cancer treatment and provides practical and emotional support. She also assists in scheduling tests and appointments, explains various prostate cancer treatment options and helps patients Continue reading

NCH Telestroke Program Saves Critical Time for Patients

NCH patients waited, on average, 54 minutes from the time they entered the emergency department to the time they received treatment with IV-tPA

Minutes matter when you are treating stroke patients. And, using telecommunications to connect stroke experts to stroke patients improves and sustains stroke care, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. Similar results are being reported in NCH’s new telestroke program, which provides patients and their families with 24/7 access to neurologists through interactive videoconferencing via webcams. Continue reading

NCH EMS Medical Director one of first to be board certified in EMS

John M. Ortinau, MD, FACEP, EMS Medical Director

John M. Ortinau, MD, FACEP, the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Medical Director at NCH, is one of the first physicians in the country to be board certified in EMS by the American Board of Medical Specialties after passing the first certification exam for physicians in EMS. Ortinau, who became EMS Medical Director at NCH in 1997, says the certification is Continue reading