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Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) opens new location to serve Luther Village

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Responding to a need to serve older adults in the community, Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) will open an NCH Medical Group Physician Office inside the Lutheran Home at 800 West Oakton Street.

New technology at NCH protects the heart during radiation treatment

Monday, March 26, 2018
C-RAD Optical Surface Monitoring System is being used at Northwest Community Healthcare to help track a patient’s position before and during radiation therapy, aiding in setup and treatment accuracy. In particular, it helps reduce damage to the heart from radiation for patients with left-sided breast cancer.

Could your menstrual pain be a sign of endometriosis?

Sunday, March 25, 2018
When are painful periods a sign of something more than typical menstrual pain and discomfort? Farah Alvi, M.D. of WomanCare, a Board-Certified Gynecologist and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeon, discusses endometriosis and why it’s important to see a specialist if you experience endometriosis symptoms.

Mother and baby skin-to-skin contact yields lasting benefits

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Skin-to-skin contact for a mother and her baby produces priceless moments and can help promote breastfeeding and regulate baby’s temperature and breathing. Julie Springer, M.D., an Obstetrician/Gynecologist with Northwest Women’s Consultants, explains how it works.

Living better…one healthy bite at a time

Sunday, March 25, 2018
This National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging everyone to "Go Further with Food" by eating healthy and finding ways to cut back on food waste. Get practical tips for you and your family along with a simple, healthy and hearty breakfast recipe.

The case for colonoscopies: Marge’s story

Sunday, March 25, 2018
On the fence about whether or not to get that colonoscopy? Don’t wait! Take it from Marge Koperny, who shares her story of colorectal cancer diagnosis, treatment and care from the experts at Northwest Community Healthcare this Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

New geriatric physician joins Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH)

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) Medical Group is pleased to announce internal medicine and geriatric physician Jowella Pineda, M.D., who joined the 1538 North Arlington Heights Road practice, in Arlington Heights.

Heartburn? We've got you covered

Thursday, February 15, 2018
This heart-healthy and heartburn-prone recipe will have you seeing green, not firey red! Find out how to prepare a delicious pesto to be paired with your favorite vegetable pasta.

Faster, easier PET/CT scan catches tumors

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Patients with a history of neuroendocrine tumors can visit their physician and if eligible, can request a new scan that detects tumors better than a standard scan.

How to stop drinking

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
‘Albert’ saw the fear in his mother’s eyes when he had too much to drink. It took a while to realize that what he thought was recreational drinking was damaging his life. Find out how he quit for good with the help of our Behavioral Health Program.

NCH ranks in top 5 percent in nation for clinical outcomes

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Northwest Community Healthcare received the 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades.

Ear infection? Antibiotics may not be the answer

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Is your child tugging at his ear or having trouble hearing? An ear infection is caused by bacteria and often begins with a sore throat, cold or other upper respiratory virus. Lon Petchenik, M.D., an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, explains recurring ear infections and appropriate treatments such as tympanostomy tubes.

Ladies, protect your heart

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Did you know that heart disease affects about 44 million women in the U.S.? Cardiovascular disease and stroke cause one in three women to die each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Cardiovascular diseases also are the leading cause of death for African-American women.

National Belly Laugh Day is Wednesday: Two same-named docs at Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) crack up about laughter’s benefits

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
National Belly Laugh Day, January 24, calls attention to the health benefits of a good hearty laugh—certainly cause to keep your funny friends close, and your funnier friends even closer.

The true, ‘heart’ facts about AFib

Monday, January 15, 2018
For many people, particularly those aged 65 and older, atrial fibrillation (AFib) can lead to debilitating issues such as heart failure or stroke. Learn about this type of heart arrhythmia from John Onufer, M.D., FACC, FHRS.

Five ways to protect yourself from brain injury while playing winter sports

Monday, January 15, 2018
January is Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month. Skiing, snowboarding, hockey and other winter sports can put you at risk for brain injury. Learn how to protect your head from a fall, bump or hit from neurological experts at NCH.

Eczema Q & A: How to soothe and manage dry, itchy patches of skin

Monday, January 15, 2018
Stavonnie Patterson, M.D., NCH Medical Group Board-Certified Dermatologist, explains the symptoms of eczema, various types, how it affects children and adults, and how to best treat this dry, itchy skin during the winter.

New hope for patients with IBS

Monday, January 15, 2018
The Low FODMAP Diet has been proven effective in relieving symptoms patients suffer from with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Ami Behara, M.D., NCH Medical Group Board-certified Gastroenterologist, and Lori Mager, M.B.A., RDN, LDN, CDE, NCH's Clinical Nutrition Manager, guide patients on how to figure out if the Low FODMAP diet is right for them.

Eat smart for your heart

Monday, January 15, 2018
Meal planning and prep can help reduce your risk for heart disease. Follow these five tips to make heart-healthy food choices.

Rheumatologist joins Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) Medical Group

Monday, January 15, 2018
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) Medical Group is pleased to welcome rheumatologist Ladonna R. Koziol, M.D., who will be joining the 2101 S. Arlington Heights Road, Ste. 108 practice.
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