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New sensory rooms calm patients at Northwest Community Hospital

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Two sensory rooms have been added to Northwest Community Hospital’s (NCH) Emergency Department to improve patient experience for individuals who are developmentally disabled.

Telemedicine launches in Northwest Community Hospital's Pediatric Emergency Department

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) has added telemedicine to its Pediatric Emergency Department with a Phase II plan to add it to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This expands on the current partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

Chicago Marathon training tips for the ‘final stretch’

Friday, September 1, 2017
Find out how you should be training in the final weeks leading up to the Chicago Marathon. Benjamin Hasan, M.D., Family Medicine and Sports Medicine Physician at Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights, discusses training tips for the Chicago Marathon, including miles per week, soreness, injury risk and more.

‘Minimalistic’ running shoes may help marathoners run ‘free’ of injury

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Looking for the right long-distance running shoe? Jessica Knight, D.P.M., AACFAS, Podiatrist/Podiatric Surgeon with Northwest Community Healthcare Medical Group, recommends “minimalistic,” or “free,” style running shoes to help feet function optimally and decrease stress on the body. See her tips for properly running in minimalistic shoes.

Golf outing raises $453,586 for Northwest Community Hospital babies

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Net proceeds from Northwest Community Hospital Foundation’s 2017 Golf Classic exceeded expectations with nearly half a million dollars generated for NCH programs and services. The Classic has raised more than $9 million in the 20-year history of the event.

Experiencing neck pain? You could have ‘text neck’

Thursday, August 17, 2017
On your cell phone throughout the day? Chances are you have an achy “text neck.” Learn from our ergonomic expert, Anita Stehmeier, P.T., how to prevent or remedy text neck.

Northwest Endoscopy Center Earns National Accreditation

Friday, August 11, 2017
Northwest Endoscopy Center (NEC) has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, (AAAHC), a private, non-profit organization improving the quality of care provided to patients.

Virtual Visits Are a Click Away with NCH Virtual Health

Friday, August 11, 2017
Use your smartphone, tablet or computer to securely access Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) Virtual Health to video chat or talk by phone to a healthcare provider for minor illnesses.

New Addiction Outpatient Clinic Opens

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
The NCH Addiction Medicine Clinic, which opened in May, offers ongoing outpatient treatment options for substance use disorders and expands the scope of NCH’s Behavioral Health program.

Animal-Assisted Therapy Program Seeks A Few Good Pups

Monday, July 24, 2017
New therapy dog teams are forming for the Animal-Assisted Therapy Program at Northwest Community Hospital. Dogs (and their volunteer handlers) brighten patients’ spirits and improve their health by reducing anxiety, blood pressure and more.

A family affair: Knee replacements for daughter, dad and mom

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
From the time Mike and Diane Schmalz’s three girls were young, their family was always on the go. Years later, when knee issues threatened to slow Mike and Diane down, they each turned to Phillip Ludkowski, M.D., a board certified orthopedic surgeon on staff at Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) to get them back to being active grandparents.

NCH Emergency Department Earns National Lantern Award for Excellence

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) announced today the Emergency Department at Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) has earned a 2017 Lantern Award.

Magnets help put out firefighter’s internal heartburn flames

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Michael Hardesty fights fires for a living.  That’s why he wanted to battle the fire that raged inside him. He is one of an estimated seven million Americans with some form of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Q and A: Advances in lung cancer diagnosis and treatment

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Neeraj R. Desai, M.D., M.B.A., FACP, FCCP, a board-certified interventional pulmonologist, answers questions about leading-edge diagnostic tools and treatment for lung cancer at Northwest Community Healthcare.

You’re never too young for a stroke

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
For Erin Gianaras and Emily Beck, the signs they were experiencing something terrifying were there. But could they really have a stroke in their 20s? Erin and Emily their share stories and recount how Northwest Community Healthcare helped.

Putting out the fire of heartburn

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Michael Hardesty has put out the flames of heartburn (also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD) by undergoing a 45-minute, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery at Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH).

NCH partnership will bring additional health and wellness services to Palatine

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is a partner, with the Palatine Park District and Harper College, in a $38 million renovation project on the college campus that will expand access to healthcare and wellness services in the northwest suburbs.

Turns out you're never too young for colon cancer

Friday, March 10, 2017
A recent study found that new cases of colon cancer are appearing in a larger number of young adults than ever before. The good news is many colon cancers can be prevented with regular testing.

Hugh Jackman, thanks for sharing your skin cancer saga

Friday, February 17, 2017
While statistics show that the number of skin cancer cases in the United States is steadily increasing, taking some basic precautions can dramatically cut the risks of developing skin cancer.

Mind your head: Prevent brain injury when participating in winter sports

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
During Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month, hospitals in snow-covered states are seeing thousands of people who have experienced brain injuries due to falls or hits. Learn the risk for brain injury in sports such as skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, sledding, hockey and ice skating.