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When seconds count, be thankful for Dr. Ortinau and the NWC EMS!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
John M. Ortinau, M.D., FACEP, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Medical Director at NCH, received the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians (ICEP) Meritorious Service Award for “significant contributions to the advancement of emergency medicine by exemplary service.”

Answering the call of our community

Monday, May 16, 2016
Year after year, NCH has donated funds, volunteered time and developed programs and services for thousands of people in need.

During Nurses' Week and always: NCH nurses ROCK!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Ever wonder what sets NCH nurses apart from all the others? Read what these seven NCH all-stars say about nursing and the profound effect it has had on their lives.

Shopper's guide to pesticides in produce

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
It pays to buy organic when it comes to fruits and veggies treated with the most pesticides. Download and print this flyer and hang on it your fridge for the latest information.

The heart of a volunteer: NCH honors 750!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Anatomically speaking, the heart of a volunteer probably looks just like the heart of anybody else. But that may be where the similarity ends. Their selfless energy and dedication certainly set them apart from many other people.

Fuse scope uncovers hidden colon polyps

Monday, March 28, 2016
A revolutionary technology, called Fuse, offers a whole new view of the colon. In fact, by using the Fuse technology, gastroenterologists at NCH can discover 76 percent more polyps during a routine colonoscopy, which might just save someone’s life.

It’s time to dis distracted driving!

Thursday, March 10, 2016
David Brottman, M.D., a Northwest Community Healthcare Medical Staff pediatrician at Arlington Pediatrics, Ltd., really wants you to read this blog about distracted driving – just not while you’re driving!

Hitting 50? Think colonoscopy!

Monday, March 7, 2016
When most of us turn 50, we think about throwing a party, buying a sporty new car, or taking an exotic vacation. However, once you hit 50, scheduling a colonoscopy also should be top of mind.

These two are too cute!

Monday, February 22, 2016
Congratulations to NCH Labor and Delivery nurse Kathryn Ruth and her boyfriend, Andrew Beam, who recently won WGN-TV’s Cutest Couple contest!

Top 10 cold and flu myths debunked!

Monday, February 8, 2016
If you’re conflicted about how to treat your cold or flu symptoms, you’re not alone. NCH Infection Prevention and Control experts pooled their top 10 cold and fluisms to help test your cold and flu I.Q. Some of these facts may surprise you.

What we all need to know about teen dating violence

Monday, February 1, 2016
M. Susan Scanlon, M.D., a gynecologist on the medical staff at NCH, has treated thousands of young women and is passionate about reducing violence against women. Read her advice about how to help young women stay on track to be healthy, happy, and reach their full potential.

Daisies donate blankets to pediatric patients at NCH

Monday, February 1, 2016
Approximately 20 Daisies from Troop 41693, who attend Westbrook School for Young Learners in Mount Prospect, recently donated hand-made blankets to the NCH pediatric unit and learned about the inner-workings of the hospital.

Healthy, active lifestyle for kids important in keeping cholesterol in check

Monday, January 4, 2016
George Goodlow, M.D., an NCH Medical Group pediatrician, recommends a routine cholesterol screening for children between ages nine and 11.

Rabbit fever? We’re all ears!

Thursday, December 10, 2015
According to the CDC, rabbit fever, also known as tularemia, is caused by the bacteria Francisella tularensis. It is a disease of animals and humans – and rabbits, hares, and rodents are especially susceptible to the bacteria.

All healthcare is not local

Monday, December 7, 2015
As a radiologist at Northwest Community Healthcare, Stephen Zivin, M.D., spends a lot of time in front of a computer screen. The bulk of his work takes place, not at the patient’s bedside, but at a computer, where he reads and interprets X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds and more. Often, he many not even meet the patients he diagnoses.

NCH NICU keeps watchful eye on oxygen levels for preemies

Thursday, December 3, 2015
At NCH, the Level 3 NICU protects babies from retinopathy of prematurity, ROP, by managing oxygen levels.

Having ‘the talk’ with your aging parents

Monday, November 23, 2015
Have you had the talk? Not that talk with your children. The other talk. The delicate and compassionate talk with your aging parents. Just as you can’t prepare for parenthood, there’s no way to prepare how to become a parent to your parent.

1 birthday + 1 little girl = 75 books for sick children

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Paige is like most second graders. She likes Oreos and Swedish Fish and reading. But, she and her parents have this kooky habit when it comes to birthday presents.

Battling breast cancer – a husband's perspective

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Thousands of breast cancer survivor stories are told every day across the country – inspirational tales of hope, courage and survival.

Mammograms save lives

Monday, October 19, 2015
There’s a huge push during October to help people focus on breast health, breast cancer, and the importance of mammograms. But the truth is, a lot of us would rather wear pink and support breast cancer awareness than have a mammogram.

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