Sunday, December 25, 2011
Advocate Christ physician recommends the ‘A’ list for preventing holiday depression.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Sunday, December 25, 2011
As much as we love Elvis Presley’s version of Blue Christmas, for many people the holidays can trigger sadness, stress and even depression. Gary Stuck, a family practitioner at Advocate Christ Medical Center and president of the medical center’s physician partners in Oak Lawn, says a number of factors can contribute to the “holiday blues” or even a serious depression at this time of year. “Holiday depression is a very real problem for some people,” Dr. Stuck said. “There may be unreasonable expectations that something good will happen.” Stuck said adult realities cannot live up to the feelings shaped in early childhood “when the holidays truly were a magical time.” Other factors contributing to feelings of sadness around the holidays, as …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Josh Garza might have died after he was shot in the head by Gary Amaya, but instead he exceeded doctors’ expectations in his recovery.
Josh Garza is able to laugh now. The 20-year-old can also sit up, dress himself, walk without help from other people and sing. Garza said he laughed at the doctors who at one time told him that he may not even live through the night, after he was shot in the head about a year ago. Garza was attacked by Gary Amaya, the man police linked to shootings and attempted robberies in Illinois and Indiana, and was often described as the honeybee killer. On Oct. 5, 2010, Garza was rehabbing a house in Beecher with his longtime friend Matt Burton, now 21, and 45-year-old Rolando Alonso, when Amaya walked up to them and made idle small talk, mentioning honeybees before opening fire. Garza was hit by a bullet near his right eye. While Burton dodged the …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board unanimously approved the medical center's plans for new building and parking garage. Groundbreaking is scheduled for October.
The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved Advocate Christ Medical Center’s plans for its new ambulatory pavilion and parking garage Tuesday afternoon. The state planning board voted unanimously to grant a Certificate of Need allowing the medical center to move forward with the $202 million project that will be built on the northwestern edge of the campus at the corner of 95th Street and Kilbourn Avenue in Oak Lawn. The project has already been given the green light by the Oak Lawn Village Board. The ambulatory pavilion will feature multidisciplinary outpatient clinics, 14 operating suites for outpatient procedures, endoscopy laboratories and two floors of advanced imaging technology. Three of the medical center’s …
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Advocate Christ Medical Center offers safety tips for snow removal.
No matter what you’re calling the blizzard of 2011—Snowmageddon, Snowzilla or Category 3 Kill Storm—most of us are probably going to be shoveling some snow within the next 24 hours. The snow that’s falling on the Chicago region is the heavy, wet kind often described as “heart attack snow.” That’s because it takes more energy and exertion to get rid of than the light, fluffy stuff. “What people are really referring to are those have known or unknown heart disease when they stress their bodies shoveling snow,” Dr. Brian Sayger said, vice chairman of emergency room services for Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. “Basically, they’re doing a stress test on their heart,” Dr. Sayger said. “If someone has narrow arteries it can involve a …
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Sometimes people with the least to spare are the most generous. Jesse Tendayi visits Hope Children's Hospital bearing bags and bags of gifts.
Two-hundred ten. That's the number of new toys a cafeteria worker bought with money out of her own pocket and delivered to the children at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital on Tuesday. Since the day after Christmas, when Jesse Tendayi first delivered gifts to the children at Advocate Hope last year, Jesse has been putting a little aside from her modest paychecks so she could buy more presents for sick children this Christmas. Smartly turned out in brown skirt, white blouse and brown boots, Jesse could have been wearing a red suit as she played Santa on Tuesday, bringing smiles to the faces of babies, children and teens as she distributed toys and games at Advocate Hope in Oak Lawn. "When I see the children smiling, I can't help but smile…