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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.

NCH works with CereScan® to help patients with head and chronic brain injuries

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Brain imaging and processing software offers more complete, accurate diagnosis.

Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is among top 5% of hospitals in clinical outcomes in nation, according to Healthgrades®

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) today announced that it has received Healthgrades® 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™.

Learn why blood vessels are important pathways to good health

Monday, January 16, 2017
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is helping the community learn more about vascular disease by hosting a free lecture.

15 minutes of your time could mean a lifetime for someone else

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is hosting a bone marrow registry drive in hopes of finding a match for Andrew Parial, the brother-in-law of Jeanine Maurice, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist hospitalist at NCH. 

Admissions for alcohol abuse disorders pop after New Year’s Day

Sunday, January 1, 2017
The number of people who seek admission and treatment for alcohol and drug use disorders spikes after New Year’s Day, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

NCH expands GI services with new joint venture

Monday, November 7, 2016
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is expanding its gastrointestinal services in the community by entering into a joint venture with a number of physicians from the community.

NCH to help "Shine a Light" on lung cancer

Monday, November 7, 2016
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is shining a light on lung cancer by offering a night of education and support.

Honor our veterans: Help NCH recognize our vets in flag-raising ceremony

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Join Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) in honoring all our veterans who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

NCH receives Healthgrades awards for stroke care and neuroscience excellence

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Newly released Healthgrades study of patient outcomes in nearly 4,500 hospitals finds NCH among best in nation.