Medical corps honored WOODSTOCK –The M

Medical corps honored

WOODSTOCK –The McHenry County Medical Reserve Corps received National recognition for its work during 2011 in health and emergency preparedness.

MRC received one of two Ambassador Awards from the federal division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps.

The Integrated Medical, Public Health and Preparedness Summit, May 21 to 25 in Nashville, drew more than 3,000 attendees from across the country, representing a variety of agencies including emergency response, health departments and hospitals.

The award recognizes two of about 1,000 MRC units across the United States for their outstanding contribution in activities and outreach events that align with the U.S. Surgeon General’s health priorities.

To learn more, visit or call Liz Hackett at 815-334-4932..

Health Department earns

pair of NACo awards

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Department of Health was recognized by the National Association of Counties for its “McHenry County Children’s Health & Safety Fair” and its “Bats and Rabies Prevention and Education Program.”

This totals 14 NaCo awards received by MCDH since 1995. Now in its 43rd year, the award program recognizes effective and creative programs

Physicians prescribe
exercise with WellBridge

CRYSTAL LAKE – Centegra Health System is introducing a new WellBridge exercise program – 60-day membership to Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Centers for a reduced cost of $60.

It includes weekly WellBridge classes, a three-phase fitness bridge assessment, a designated and supervised fitness area, a fitness evaluation sent to physicians by fitness coaches, special weekly classes, discounted nutrition and wellness coaching services, plus a zero-enrollment offer to join as a continued member.

A physician or clinician referral is required. The patient and support person can activate this special membership at Centegra Health Bridge fitness centers in Crystal Lake or Huntley. For information, call Kim Piraino at 847-802-7004.

Combat breast cancer

McHENRY – Centegra Health System will sponsor Mammo Mondays between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. in July.

The events include mammograms, bone density screenings, free expert bra fittings and light snacks.

Mammo Mondays are part of Centegra’s Pearls for Wellness program. Women who participate in select health and wellness programs will be rewarded with a cultured freshwater pearl from Dalzell Jewelers and Centegra Health System to begin building a keepsake necklace.

Upcoming Mammo Mondays will be offered July 2 at Centegra Gavers Breast Center; July 9 at Centegra Hospital – McHenry; July 16 at Centegra Health Center – Huntley and July 23 at Centegra Hospital – Woodstock.

The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms for women 40 and older to maintain breast health and detect breast cancer in its earliest stage.

Physician orders are needed for a mammogram screening and a bone density exam. Thirty-minute appointments are easy to schedule and are recommended. Walk-ins are welcome.

To schedule an appointment, call 815-334-5566 or visit for details. Financial assistance also is available.

Class taught by survivor

CRYSTAL LAKE – Breast cancer survivors now have a new way to improve their health in an understanding environment, with a free Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors class.

It willl be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Center-Crystal Lake, 200 E. Congress Parkway.

There is no preregistration required for the Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors class. Participants should sign in at the front desk. The class is open on a first-come, first-served basis and the limit is 27 participants.

For information, contact Lynn Griesmaier, breast health navigator, at or at 815-788-2290.

Firefighters think pink

McHENRY – The 2012 Pink Heals Fire Truck Tour will return to Centegra Health System this year, bringing its “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” message to the people of greater McHenry and Kane counties.

Escorted by Guardians of the Ribbon, firemen dressed in pink, a pink firetruck will visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at Centegra Hospital-McHenry and from 2 to 4 p.m. the same day at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock.

Local fire departments will join the day of activities and people who attend will be able to sign the pink firetruck. Centegra will host a pink lemonade stand, and there will be pink T-shirts for sale. Representatives from the Centegra Sage Cancer Center and the Centegra Gavers Breast Center will be available to provide information about early cancer detection and the state-of-the-art services available at Centegra. The Centegra Health System Foundation also will accept donations to the Centegra Cancer Care Fund.

UnitedHealthcare offers new comparison tool

MINNETONKA, Minn – UnitedHealthcare has launched myHealthcare Cost Estimator, a new online service that helps consumers find quality care while being able to estimate the cost of more than 100 common treatments and procedures.

The new online service is more precise than calculators that may only rely on old claims data, and often from only a handful of employers. Estimates also are personalized to reflect an individual’s own health plan benefits, including their real-time account balances.

The estimator, available to more than 14 million people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare health plans, draws on the company’s actual contracted rates to give highly accurate pricing estimates.

By building “care paths,” the online tool creates a comprehensive view of what a patient can expect throughout their course of treatment. Participants can access the tool online at

Good Shepherd advocate for safety 
BARRINGTON – Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital has earned a national distinction for excellence in patient safety in the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score.

Leapfrog Group is an independent, national noprofit organization of employers and other purchasers of health care and a leader in patient safety. The Leapfrog Group released its scores for 2,652 hospitals across the county on June 6. Good Shepherd Hospital was among 51 hospitals in Illinois, out of 114 scored, to receive an A.

The Hospital Safety Score is derived from expert analysis of 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data on rates of infection, injuries and errors. This data is used to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical/medication errors.

To look up individual hospital scores, visit


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