OSF HealthCare - Archive (feature)

2018
June
22,
2018
OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center took a step back into history Friday. OSF HealthCare leadership marked 50 years at the Bloomington hospital’s East Washington Street location by opening a time capsule. The time capsule was sealed in the hospi...
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June
21,
2018
Construction on the  OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois Almost Home Kids facility in Peoria is on the homestretch, with about two months remaining. Almost Home Kids is the first care model of its kind in the country. In a comforting ho...
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June
21,
2018
He primarily worked construction. Even owned his own business for a dozen years. Eventually, Darin Hagenmeyer got tired of it and wanted to pursue his first passion - being a firefighter. He soon discovered, however, that breaking into the ranks o...
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June
15,
2018
"This is the next step in OSF's transformation of healthcare in the Riverbend."  That's how Ajay Pathak, president and CEO of OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Health Center describes the investment and commitment being made to create a new state-of-th...
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June
14,
2018
Why go to the doctor if you don't have to?  That's the simple philosophy of a pilot program initiated by OSF HealthCare to change rural medical care delivery in Streator, IL. A principal component of that is the newly announced "Live Well Streator...
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June
08,
2018
If a person has been diagnosed with a terminal or life-limiting illness such as cancer or heart failure, there comes a time when they or their family may seek Hospice care, which is specially designed with a focus on a patient’s physical, emotional, ...
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June
07,
2018
It's welcomed news for thousands of women who have been or will be diagnosed with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer. They can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease. Focused on cases where the...
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June
01,
2018
In May 2008, Dr. Rana Awdish was caring for patients and teaching medical students as she neared the end of her Fellowship as a Critical Care Physician at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Pregnant with her first child, Dr. Awdish’s world was t...
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May
31,
2018
Telehealth is something we can all benefit from, and the state of Illinois needs to move into the current century to expand the possibilities of that care to more than just rural areas. That was one of the key takeaways during a visit to OSF Healt...
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May
24,
2018
Ten years ago, Chicago Cubs All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo heard the words no family wants to hear: You have cancer. He was just 18 when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and underwent six months of chemotherapy, just as his professional...
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May
24,
2018
It was 1959 when William H. McCoy, investment broker and former industrialist, stepped up to chair the $2.5 million fundraising campaign that would help build a new Saint Anthony Hospital on an undeveloped stretch of East State Street, east of Alpine...
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May
24,
2018
It was almost a rite of passage – learning to ride a bicycle. According to the latest statistics, there are nearly 67-million cyclists in the United States, with more than 12-percent of the population cycling on a regular basis. There are a variet...
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May
24,
2018
People who have suffered a stroke will benefit from new diagnostic software now being offered at OSF HealthCare hospitals in Bloomington, Peoria, and Rockford, Illinois. Recently published medical guidelines show there is an expanded window of tre...
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May
17,
2018
Five students receive their diplomas as the first graduating class of the Saint Anthony Hospital School of Nursing. The year was 1918. This month the 2018 class - 99 students - of the now OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony College of Nursing, will recei...
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May
11,
2018
More patients across the country are taking an easy breath, thanks to a procedure that dramatically improves quality and quantity of life for patients with aortic stenosis. Now OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute physicians who specalize in TAVR ...
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May
02,
2018
We've all been there.  Wanting to quickly hit the delete button on that cell phone photo we took of ourselves that doesn't quite show us looking our best. However, it appears that for some the critical assessment of their image has gone beyond bla...
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April
29,
2018
Tom Brewer, 72, has walked some of the most challenging trails in the world, including the 2,194 miles of the Appalachian Trail in the United States and the 45 mile Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains in Peru. But it's hikes like the 13...
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April
26,
2018
The planning and creation of the newly opened North Tower at OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center, in Rockford, was centered on the patient experience.  The 78 private rooms are designed to maximize patient healing and wellness. For example...
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April
24,
2018
OSF HealthCare became the first healthcare system in the nation to receive system-wide accreditation for its Advanced Practice Providers (APP) Fellowship. The fellowship brings together newly-licensed advanced practice nurses and physician’s assistan...
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April
19,
2018
It's been two years of change, uncertainty and anxiousness for the residents of Streator.  The community's in-patient hospital closed in early 2016 and OSF HealthCare announced it would take over the property, but the health care delivery model wo...
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April
17,
2018
On average, hospitals in the United States produce over 33 pounds of waste each day per staffed bed. With over 950,000 staffed beds in hospitals across the country, that results in nearly 6 million tons of waste per year. OSF HealthCare recently impl...
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April
05,
2018
It's been a long anticipated - nearly three years to be exact - but the day is finally here. OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center is ready to open the doors on its brand new North Tower addition. The centerpiece of the 144-thousand square f...
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March
29,
2018
Atrial fibrillation, commonly referred to as AFib, is when the two upper chambers of the heart beat irregularly and out of coordination with the two lower chambers of the heart. The result is less blood flow to the body that can lead to heart palpita...
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March
23,
2018
OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center further establishes its position as the number one hospital for stroke care in Rockford with the designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. OSF Saint Anthony is the first and only medical center in north...
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March
22,
2018
The statistics should get your attention: More than 420,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest every year in the United States. 9 out of 10 of them will die. In 2012, the rate of survival in the state of Illinois was so poor it was selected to re...
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March
15,
2018
Among the myriad of medical services and programs provided by OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, there is an important behind-the-scenes service aimed at saving lives. The medical communications (MedComm) department at the ho...
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March
12,
2018
According to Consumer Reports, knee and hip replacements are now the third and fourth most common surgeries in U.S. hospitals, behind cesarean sections and circumcisions. Although these procedures are becoming even more prevalent as the Baby Boome...
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March
08,
2018
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose deaths. Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of ...
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March
01,
2018
Lillian Stringer was a year old when she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease that causes a buildup of thick mucus in the lungs and digestive organs. Now 10, the Edelstein, Illinois girl (north of Peoria), endures multiple treatme...
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March
01,
2018
Providing the most advanced radiation therapy to cancer patients is the motivation behind a major investment being made by OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, in Ottawa.  Dotty Peare, Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Saint Elizabeth, c...
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