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10 | February 16, 2017 | The Homer Horizon homer glen news the Homer Horizon | February 16, 2017 | 11 Homer Glen Open MRI & Imaging adds machine to facility Closed device allows for alternative option to diagnose patients Mary Stroka Freelance Reporter Homer Glen native Naseem Khalil, owner of Homer Glen Open MRI & Imaging, added a GE Signa high-field closed MRI at his facility last month. MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging and gives doctors the information they need to know to do surgeries and other procedures. An open MRI helps patients who have claustrophobia, but a closed MRI provides better images. Khalil opened in the center in 2007. The facility has X- ray, closed MRI, open MRI and CT scan services. “I love Homer,” Khalil said. “I love where I’m from, and the community is great.” Khalil’s path toward opening an imaging center was somewhat unconventional. Khalil attended Lockport Township High School and grew up playing a lot of sports on teams such as the Homer Stallions and the Homer Athletic Club. He then wrestled at Mount St. Clare College in Clinton, Iowa, for two years. Khalil then told his mom he thought he was done with The new machine adds another option for patients with medical needs. wrestling, he said. “What are you going to do with yourself?” she asked him, and he was not sure. He said he thought he might go to community college and figure it out from there. But then his sisters stepped in. Rosie Salah and Reema Harp took action and signed him up for X-ray tech school without him even knowing. “I never even knew what it was, and I got into it from there,” he said. “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have graduated high school. … Whenever I started to veer off [the path], they’d slap me and get me right back on track.” After finishing the X-ray Homer Glen Open MRI & Imaging owner Naseem Khalil stands beside the new GE Signa high-field closed MRI machine that was installed last month at his business. Photos by Mary Stroka/22nd Century Media tech program, he worked for Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for a few years as an X-ray tech in the early 2000s. “[They were] a bunch of physiatrists who treated me like an equal,” he said. He added that they pushed him to better himself. Khalil went back to school so he could run some new equipment the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago was considering, and he ended up opening the outpatient center in Homer Glen in 2007. Khalil seeks to treat each patient like he would treat his mom, he said. “People come in here for an exam, they’re already thinking the worst,” Khalil said. “If I’m scanning someone’s brain, they’re thinking they have a tumor. If I scan someone’s back, they’re thinking they’re going to have back surgery and be out of [commission]. “If you can make it a little pleasant for them, just to get them through it, let them forget about it. … If you can get their mind off it for 40 minutes, 30 minutes, you did good for the day.” Khalil advises his patients to contact their doctors the next day for their results instead of hesitating to find out, since he often is able to get the results to the doctor within 24 hours. Khalil said the rates at the outpatient center are much cheaper than at hospitals, and he is often able to get his patients same-day or next-day appointments. “I’m not competing against the hospital, because our rates are so much different,” he said. “When I had just the open MRI, I could see why doctors would say go to the hospital and have the closed MRI. It’s better. But now I have the closed MRI at such a great, great reduction in rate that there’s no choice [but] for patients to come here. “I want doctors and my patients to know that I did everything in my power to get those images. They might not be the best images because of the patient’s status, but I want everyone to know when they walk out with imaging from my facility, it’s the best, best possible that could have happened.” Lisa Rivera, of Orland Park, had two MRI procedures done within a week in December 2016. The top of her foot and her ankle were examined in the procedures. “I never have a bad experience, and I’ve been there several times,” she said about the facility. Rivera said she had told them she should have “frequent flyer miles” she has been there so often. “It’s a pleasurable experience,” Rivera said. “They’re friendly, and it’s pretty quick.” David Wallace has worked at the outpatient center as an MRI technologist for about two weeks, he said. He has been doing MRI since 2003. “Naseem treats [patients] like family,” Wallace said. “… The value he provides his patients for the price and quality of the images is phenomenal.” Homer Glen Open MRI & Imaging is located at 14833 Founders Crossing in Homer Glen. For more information, visit the www.homerglenimaging. com or call (708) 301-4664. police From Page 6 social worker for helping and referring drug users to counseling or available programs, and, according to Holuj, emphasize prevention. To that end, several local diversion programs are utilized. One is the Lockport/ Homer Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention. The coalition targets reducing and/or preventing alcohol use among adolescents, Holuj said. “’Be their guide, don’t provide,’” Holuj said is the coalition’s mantra for parents. For more information on the coalition, which holds quarterly meetings open to the public, parents can visit www.lockporttownshippar In an effort to increase community outreach, the Will County Sheriff’s Office is also directly involved with the Will County Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention, with a focus on preventing underage alcohol and marijuana use. Meetings for the countywide coalition are monthly, with the next one being held at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at 25 N. Ottawa St. in Joliet. A website for the coalition is coming soon, Holuj said. Another initiative being undertaken by the Sheriff’s Office is the creation of a “hidden in plain sight” trailer. “Prevention begins at home,” Holuj said. “The trailer recreates a teen’s bedroom. [It will educate] anyone over the age of 21 – teachers, parents, coaches – to identify signs of alcohol abuse or other dangerous behaviors [in a teen]. “Research shows parents often overlook everyday items and risky behavior. Often, parents are apprehensive talking to their children about these risky behaviors and don’t know how to manage these issues or seek help. Knowledge is power.” Holuj said to simply love one’s children and be involved in their lives, knowing who their friends are, who they spend time with and staying aware where they are and how late they are staying out. By doing so, and by attending things like the coalition meetings and visiting the trailer, parents are attentive and informed, he said. With deputies involved at and maintaining a presence at local schools, he wants children and teens to feel comfortable around police. “It goes to curing the cause of the problem instead of just punishing the problem,” Holuj said of the varying efforts of the Sheriff’s Office. “It’s not all about arrests. It’s about helping people make society healthier.” Additional reporting by Editor Thomas Czaja