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Volume 1, 2017

Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers





Bravo!the Year of Accolades

Awards and recognition aren’t what inspire physicians and staff

at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers to deliver the highest

quality care with personalized service. The inspiration comes

from the patients who choose Morris Hospital and a community

that counts on its local hospital for excellent care. Yet over the

past year, awards and recognition have literally been pouring in at Morris

Hospital. The recognition is certainly noteworthy.

“In some ways, it’s like we won the Emmy, the Grammy and the

Oscar this past year,” says Mark Steadham, President & CEO of Morris

Hospital & Healthcare Centers. “We never applied for any of these

awards. They are a result of our excellent care and service, along with our

solid operations.”

The recognition Steadham

is referring to includes receiving

Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top

Hospitals award, being named

one of the 100 Great Community

Hospitals by Becker’s Hospital

Review, and earning a tenth

consecutive A on the Leapfrog

Hospital Safety Grade, making Morris

Hospital just one of 72 hospitals in the

nation with a perfect Straight A report

card for patient safety.

According to Steadham, it’s no

coincidence that Morris Hospital has received such esteemed national


“Every day, our employees and the physicians who practice at

Morris Hospital are working behind-the-scenes to assure our patients

are receiving quality care in a safe environment. This includes using

computerized physician order entry to prevent medication errors,

adhering to evidence based medicine to prevent complications,

having checks in place to prevent errors, holding daily safety huddles

to avert any potential safety issues, and ensuring we have strong lines

of communication between staff, patients and families. This is how we

protect patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.”

The national recognition Morris Hospital has received over the past

several months isn’t only about quality of care. Truven Health’s 100 Top

Hospitals award, for example, also takes patients’ perception of their

hospital experience into consideration. Like quality initiatives, Morris

Hospital keeps a close eye on patient feedback.

“It’s not surprising that compared to state and national averages,

more patients give Morris Hospital a 9 or 10 rating for their overall

quality of care,” says Steadham. “Every day, I hear stories about our

employees who go above and beyond for our patients. Whether it’s

the employee who goes out and buys an anniversary cake for a patient

in a hospice bed, or an employee who makes travel arrangements so

a patient from out-of-state can get home, stories like these are what

Morris Hospital is all about.”

Along with quality and service, Steadham says having financial

stability is critical in order for Morris

Hospital to afford the technology

that’s needed to deliver quality care.

“Our information technology

infrastructure alone has been a

significant financial investment

over the past five years, not to

mention the continual replacement

of medical equipment so we can

keep up with ever advancing

medical technology,” says Steadham,

referring to the new, $2.6 million

linear accelerator that will be

installed at Morris Hospital’s Radiation Therapy Center in early 2017.

When looking ahead to the future, Steadham says he believes Morris

Hospital is well poised for continued success.

“We are a small community hospital, and that puts us closer to

the patient,” he says. “Additionally, we are guided by a Board of local

community members who know and understand the needs of our

community and help set our strategy. And, we have physicians and staff

who know and genuinely care about our patients, which puts us at an


“As long as we can continue to deliver excellence in the areas of

quality, service, and finance and keep our employees and physicians

engaged in Morris Hospital and the work we do, we will continue to have

a bright future as an independent community hospital.”

2 East/Pediatrics is one

of 12 patient care areas

at Morris Hospital that

ranked above the 90th

percentile for overall

quality of care in 2016

when compared to other

hospitals across the




Morris Hospital employees in the

Grundy County Cornfest parade.

Straight A’s for Patient Safety

Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is one of 72 hospitals in

the nation to earn ten consecutive Straight “A’s” on the Leapfrog

Hospital Safety Grade since the inception of the program in 2012.

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital

Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data

to indicate how well hospitals protect patients from preventable errors,

injuries and infections by assigning A, B, C, D and F grades to U.S. hospitals

twice per year. The grade is calculated by top patient safety experts, peerreviewed,

fully transparent and free to the public.

One of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals®

Truven Health Analytics TM 100 Top Hospitals® study has become the

standard for measuring quality of hospital care in the United States. Top

hospitals are identified based on financial stability, operational efficiency,

patient safety, inpatient and outpatient quality of care, and patient


Hospitals do not apply for consideration, and winners do not pay to

market this honor. Morris Hospital was named one of Truven Health’s 2016

100 Top Hospitals, an indication that Morris Hospital:

• Has better survival rates, or fewer deaths than expected

• Has fewer patient complications

• Better adheres to recommended standards of care

• Has lower 30-day mortality and 30-day readmission rates

• Has shorter average lengths of stay

• Provides more timely emergency care

• Keeps expenses low, both in-hospital and through the aftercare process

• Has a median operating profit margin that is nearly 9 percentage points higher

• Provides a better overall hospital experience as reported by patients

Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers also received the 100 Top Hospitals®

award in 2007 and 1993.

A Great Community Hospital

Becker’s Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-todate

business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and

health systems. Each year, Becker’s publishes a list of “100 Great

Community Hospitals” from among all hospitals in the nation that

have fewer than 550 beds and minimal teaching programs.

Morris Hospital was named to Becker’s 2016 Great Community

Hospitals list.

The Becker’s editorial team selects hospitals for inclusion based

on rankings and awards from organizations including iVantage

Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, CareChex,

the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Leapfrog Group.

Morris Hospital is one of six on the list from Illinois.

Best Employer in Grundy County

For over a decade, employees at Morris Hospital have

grown accustom to hearing their

senior leaders talk about their

commitment to making Morris

Hospital & Healthcare Centers

an excellent place to work. The

announcement that Morris Hospital

& Healthcare Centers was named

Best Employer in Grundy County

through the Morris Herald News’

2016 Reader’s Choice awards was

reason to celebrate.

“Our employees truly are

our most valuable resource,” says Erin Murphy-Frobish, Vice

President of Human Resources at Morris Hospital. “They are the

ones who deliver the great care and service to our patients.”

Murphy-Frobish says she’s not surprised Morris Hospital was

selected Best Employer, as she, too, believes Morris Hospital is

an excellent place to work.

“We are a mission driven organization focused on improving

the health of our community,” she says. “From the first day on

the job, our employees are taught the Morris Hospital values:

compassion, accountability, excellence and respect. We get to

work in a family atmosphere and be part of an organization

that has a great reputation, not to mention the great employee


Along with being a great employer, Murphy-Frobish says

Morris Hospital is proud of the contributions it makes to the

economy of the local community. With over 1,200 employees,

the hospital has an annual payroll of over $68 million.

To check current job opportunities at Morris Hospital, go to


Top Performer for Nursing Care

Each year, Morris Hospital surveys the physicians on its

medical staff to see what they think about the services and

care provided by the hospital. When it comes to nursing care,

physicians have really good things to say. So good, in fact, that

Morris Hospital received a Top Performer Award for Nursing Care

in 2016 based on the percentage of physicians who rated Morris

Hospital’s nursing care “excellent” as compared to the other 2,200

hospitals across the country that use the same physician survey tool.

“The Top Performer award is truly a testimony to the

outstanding nursing care we have at Morris Hospital,” says Mark

Steadham, President & CEO of Morris Hospital & Healthcare

Centers. “When physicians rate our nursing

care excellent, that means they have absolute

confidence sending their patients here for care. This

is one of the highest compliments we can receive.”

In addition to Nursing Care, physicians at

Morris Hospital also gave top marks to Emergency

Services, Laboratory Services, Patient Safety,

Quality of Care and Radiology Services

Ratings from physicians have earned Morris Hospital

a Top Performer Award for Nursing Care.

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Help For



Knowing that our thin ankles bear the weight of the whole of

our bodies with every step, turn and jump we make, it’s not surprising that

they give us problems every now and then. Some ankle ailments

are chronic, while others come on suddenly and painfully.

For Dr. Kyle Pearson, an advanced foot and ankle reconstructive surgeon

with Rezin Orthopedics who is on the medical

staff at Morris Hospital, sprains and fractures are

the most common ankle conditions he sees in his


“Sports related injuries are the most common

cause,” Dr. Pearson says. “I also see ankle injuries

occur in patients who were just working around

their house or while at work, when they twist

their ankle. Most of these injuries result when the

foot rolls inward and the ankle gives out. This can

cause a fracture or damage to the ligaments on

Kyle Pearson, D.P.M.

Foot and Ankle Surgeon

the outside of the ankle.”

While an ankle fracture involves a crack or break

in the bones of the ankle joint, a sprain injures

the ligaments that hold the bones together.

Mistaking an ankle fracture for a sprain can have serious consequences if

the foot or ankle does not heal correctly.

“If the ankle joint heals off by even one millimeter, it can cause abnormal

wear and tear of the joint, which predisposes the patient to develop early

and advanced arthritis,” says Dr. Pearson.

Other Ankle Problems

Other ankle problems can be caused by autoimmune diseases such as

rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gout. Dr. Pearson says these

conditions may cause abnormal inflammation in the joints that leads to

the destruction of cartilage.

Deformity in the foot can also lead to ankle pain and problems, which

are often times over looked. Achilles tendonitis, as well, is a common

troublemaker in the ankle, causing swelling and pain.

Dr. Pearson says one way to avoid many types of ankle problems is to

stay active. Exercise conditions and strengthens muscles that support

joints. Wearing proper, supportive shoes for activities is also vital. Try to

avoid wearing flip-flops that don’t provide proper support.

Advanced Ankle Replacement Surgery

Total ankle replacement

surgeries are now being

performed at Morris Hospital by

Dr. Kyle Pearson, a foot and ankle

reconstructive surgeon who

received advanced training at the

University of Pittsburg Medical

Center. An ankle replacement

mimics the natural motions of the

ankle and provides an alternative

to an ankle joint fusion for

individuals with advanced


Custer Park resident and

school bus driver Pam Hall

underwent the surgery to replace

an ankle joint that was so painful,

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she could barely stand a trip

through the grocery store.

“When I would get up,” she

says, “there would be a searing,

hot pain going through my ankle.

If you have that kind of pain and

it’s controlling your life, you have

no life.”

The condition of her ankle

was brought about by a fall down

her basement stairs almost 30

years ago.

Dr. Pearson informed Pam

that her best options for pain

relief would be an ankle fusion

or ankle replacement. To keep

her range of motion, Pam chose

ankle replacement.

Dr. Pearson performed Pam’s

surgery at Morris Hospital last

May. By the time school resumed

in August, she was back on

the job, climbing in and out of

her bus, shopping, and living a

normal life.

“It went well,” Pam says of the

surgery. “I think I’m very fortunate

to live in the day of modern

medicine and technology. Now

my ankle feels great. It was a hard

recovery, but it was worth it.”

To learn more, call Rezin

Orthopedics and Sports

Medicine, 815-942-4875.

Building a

Healthier Community

through Care Coordination

ver the past two years, Morris Hospital has been making

strides in improving care for patients with complex

chronic conditions. The key has been the addition of

two Nurse Care Coordinators, along with voluntary

participation in the National Rural Accountable Care Organization.

“For patients with multiple chronic illnesses, the plan of care can be very

complex,” explains Jen Wallenberg, R.N., Nurse Care Coordinator at Morris

Hospital. “The role of the Nurse Care Coordinator is to review the plan of

care, make sure the patient understands the plan, is getting medications

filled, going to their appointments, and connecting with outside resources

they may need. If a crisis happens, we look at what we can do to prevent it

from happening again, all with a goal of keeping the patient healthy and

safe in the home.”

What is an Accountable Care Organization?

An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a group of doctors, hospitals

and other healthcare providers who voluntarily assume responsibility for the

quality and cost of health care for a defined population of patients following

guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Primary care providers who are part of an Accountable Care

Organization may choose to use a nurse care coordinator to assist in

chronic care and transitional care management of their patients following


“CMS recognizes that only 10 percent of all patients account for 60

percent of healthcare costs,” explains Wallenberg. “Patients with complex

chronic conditions don’t always understand their care plan or treatment

plan, or there may be a lack of coordination between multiple providers.

Nurse Care Coordinators look at all of this and bring it together.”

The Role of the Nurse Care Coordinator

After receiving a referral from a physician following a patient’s discharge

from the hospital, the Care Coordinator stays in touch with the patient

over the next month or longer to make sure the patient understands and

follows the care plan established by the physician,

including medications, discharge instructions, office

visits and follow-up care. Through phone calls or in

person visits, the Care Coordinator also works with the

patient to identify any barriers that impede the care plan.

“We provide health coaching and support by

building ongoing relationships with patients and their

families,” says Wallenberg.

Benefits for the Patient

Over the past two years, Wallenberg has seen

significant improvements with the patients she has

coached as a Nurse Care Coordinator, including

improved quality of life, increased functional status,

shared decision-making, reduced duplication of

services, and better involvement in decisions about

care. All of this results in fewer hospitalizations,

particularly re-admissions that could have been

prevented through better health management.

“I’ve been told by patients that we are guardian

angels, a helping hand,” says Wallenberg. “We extend

the relationship they have with their physician and

inform the physician if we discover that medications

aren’t being taken as ordered, aren’t being filled, or

the patient didn’t understand the instructions they


One Patient’s Story

In the spring of 2015, Gerri Greenwall was one of the first patients

referred to the ACO Nurse Care Coordinators at Morris Hospital for help

with several chronic health conditions. Gerri had recently been discharged

from the hospital and had a mass on her thyroid, wounds resulting from

diabetes complications, and renal insufficiencies. She had also had a


After establishing a relationship and developing a plan and goals based

on Gerri’s priorities, Wallenberg provided the education, direction and

support that was needed to help Gerri address and manage her conditions

one at a time.

Today, Gerri is living life more than she has in years. She volunteers at

church, walks to the mailbox, mows her lawn and takes vacations. In 2016,

she and her husband, Steve, celebrated Gerri’s improved health by getting

remarried, and she was able to attend one of her grandchildren’s graduations.

And with the mass removed from her thyroid, Gerri can sing again.

“Like we do with most patients, we

started out with small steps,” says

Wallenberg. “Gerri was very willing to

allow us into her life, and her husband

was very involved and supportive.

It’s really the patient who has to be

engaged and focused on developing

their own goals. We help guide them.

“This is all about creating a

healthier community,” adds

Wallenberg. “We tell our patients

that health is wealth. If you don’t

have your health, it doesn’t matter

what else you have in your life.”

Attention Medicare Beneficiaries!

Are you taking advantage of your Annual Wellness Visit?

One way seniors can achieve better health outcomes is by scheduling their Annual

Wellness Visit with their primary care physician, with the cost of the visit covered by

Medicare for beneficiaries who have had Part B for longer than 12 months.

During the visit, patients are asked to fill out a questionnaire, called a “Health Risk

Assessment.” The visit can also include:

• A review of medical and family history

• Developing or updating a list of current providers and prescriptions

• Height, weight, blood pressure, and other routine measurements

• Detection of any cognitive impairment

• Personalized health advice

• A list of risk factors and treatment options

• A screening schedule for appropriate preventive services.

Medicare patients pay nothing for the yearly “Wellness”visit if their doctor or other

qualified health care provider accepts assignment. However, the patient may have to

pay coinsurance. The Part B deductible may apply if additional tests or services that

aren’t covered under the preventive benefits are performed during the same visit.

Be sure to ask your provider about

the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit.

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Battling Childhood


The statistics are convincing, if not frightening.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and

quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. By 2012, more

than one-third of children and adolescents were considered

overweight or obese, prompting the World Health Organization to

identify childhood obesity as one of the most serious public health

challenges of the 21st century.

But it’s not just the statistics that concern Dr. Aamair “TJ” Tajuddin,

a pediatrician at the Coal City Healthcare Center of Morris Hospital.

In the exam room, he often finds the problem is not as simple as just

treating the child.

“Statistics aside, I’ve personally seen so many children who are

overweight or obese,” he says. “After obtaining a lifestyle history, I

oftentimes see obesity is a family problem.

“Parents are often struggling with multiple co-morbidities

themselves and sometimes it seems like the children are doomed to

the same cycle. As an advocate for childhood health,

I want to break the cycle and empower children to

take control of their lives.”

While there are multiple factors behind the

rising childhood obesity rates, Dr. Tajuddin says

environmental influences and genetics are atop the

list. More children are eating unhealthy diets and

not getting enough exercise to burn those calories

off. As a result, those children become overweight

or obese, putting them on the path for additional

health problems, such as diabetes, high blood

pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, poor self-esteem

and depression.

“Obesity is a serious disease, but it’s also a disease that causes

other diseases,” Dr. Tajuddin says. “The sad reality is that we see more

and more children with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart

disease earlier on in their lives.”

When counseling an overweight or obese child, Dr. Tajuddin first

takes a detailed family history to identify the factors causing the

child’s weight gain, like genetic predispositions or environmental


“Very rarely is this just the child’s problem. Often times, it’s

the brothers, sisters, and parents who all need to make changes

together,” Dr. Tajuddin says. “It’s very difficult for a child to live a

healthier lifestyle when those surrounding them aren’t.”

But he makes one thing clear to the whole family. “Losing weight

isn’t an overnight process,” Dr. Tajuddin says. “It usually takes years

until we get to a good weight that the patient and the family feel

comfortable with. Even after that, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a

lifelong journey.”

Keep those kids moving!

1) Limit screen time to less than 2 hours per day. The more kids

watch TV or play video games, the less physically active they are.

That goes for adults too.

2) Find youth programs at the local YMCA, park district or youth

center. This can establish physical activity as a routine and can

introduce your child to a new activity.

3) Exercise for children should be fun, so pick activities

that they enjoy!

Morris Hospital pediatricians are located in Channahon, Coal City, Marseilles, Morris, Seneca

and Ottawa. To connect with a pediatrician on the Morris Hospital medical staff,

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visit www.morrishospital.org/doctors.

Help for Chronic Lung Disease

FREE online health risk assessments!


A new Breathers’ Support Group for individuals

with chronic lung disease is now being

offered by Morris Hospital. The group meets at

the hospital the third Friday of the month from

10-11 a.m. and is recommended for those who

have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,

asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, or pulmonary


Lead by two respiratory therapists, meetings

include general discussions about ways

to manage lung disease, gain emotional support,

and share experiences with others. A 20

minute educational topic is presented at each


For a schedule of Breathers’ Support Group

meetings, go to www.morrishospital.org/

events or call the Pulmonary Rehabilitation

department at 815-705-7837.

✔ Heart Disease ✔ Stroke ✔ Peripheral Artery Disease

Receive instant results indicating whether you are at low, moderate or high risk,

along with a 6-page report that explains how you can reduce your risk.

Go to www.morrishospital.org/getcheckednow

Happy 110th Birthday, Morris Hospital!

On September 7, 1906, the very first patient was admitted to the original Morris Hospital located

on the third floor of the Collins Building at the corner of Liberty and Jackson Streets in

downtown Morris. The patient had typhoid fever. The hospital consisted of eight to 10 beds

in a converted apartment, plus an operating room created from the living room of

another apartment. It was determined that, “As the need develops, and the hospital

is on a paying basis, then it is expected that a modern building will be erected.”

Additionally, a meeting of the wives of the physicians, dentists, druggists and

Trustees on September 6, 1906, marked the formation of the

Ladies Auxiliary of Morris Hospital, an organization

known today as the Morris Hospital Auxiliary.

The rest, as they say, is history.

New Physicians

g Cardiology:

G. Steinar Gudmundsson, M.D.

Muhammad Marwali, M.D.

27240 W. Saxony Dr., Channahon

151 W. High St., Morris

1404 Aquarius Circle, Suite A, Ottawa


g Family Medicine:

Paulo A. Aranas, M.D.

1306 Gemini Circle, Suite 1, Ottawa


g General Practice:

Mike Cichon, D.O.

(affiliate medical staff)

103 S. John St., Dwight


g Pediatrics:

Darakhshan Anjum, M.D.

580 Sycamore, Marseilles


Melissa Hill, M.D.

1306 Gemini Circle, Suite 1, Ottawa


Faiz Rahman, M.D.

1306 Gemini Circle, Suite 1, Ottawa


Aamair Tajuddin, D.O.

4 E. North Street, Coal City


g Rheumatology:

Belal Said, M.D.

25259 Reed St., Channahon


Looking for a physician?

Go to morrishospital.org/doctors

to search by town or specialty.

Be sure to check out our physician profile

videos when you go to our website!

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new in

diabetes management?


hile managing Types 1 and 2

diabetes can be difficult, there

are new tools and medications

on the market that can help. One resource

that particularly interests Morris Hospital

Diabetes Educator Diane Mangan is

continuous glucose monitoring, or CGM.

Instead of measuring glucose levels by

pricking a finger for blood, CGM allows a

person with diabetes to insert a tiny sensor

just underneath the skin that measures

interstitial, or tissue, glucose concentrations.

Once every five minutes, the measurement is

transmitted by radiofrequency to a handheld

transmitter that the patient can read.

Such moment-to-moment readings

of glucose levels can tell a lot about the

immediate effects of having an extra helping

of food at mealtime, taking a walk, skipping

breakfast or eating an apple for a snack

versus a candy bar.

“It really is so telling,” Mangan says. “There

is a little screen on the receiver, and you can

see graphs of the ups and downs and spikes

of your sugar levels. You can discuss what

you’re seeing with your doctor and decide

what changes you can make in your lifestyle

to keep your glucose levels more steady.”

People with diabetes are familiar with

fingerstick testing and hemoglobin A1c

blood glucose tests, which reveal average

blood sugar levels over three-month periods.

Continuous glucose monitoring provides the

details of minute by minute fluctuations.

“With CGM, we can see when blood sugars are spiking or dropping in a 24-hour period,” Mangan

says. “This gives us wide-open eyes to see how a patient’s behavior influences blood sugar. It can

also help physicians determine the most effective treatment and whether changes in medication

are necessary.”

The CGM sensor is placed under the skin by a physician, by the patient, or by a Morris Hospital

diabetes educator with a physician’s order. The sensor stays in place for up to seven days and then

the information collected is downloaded. When individuals have their own CGM, they can wear it

weekly or all the time.

Many health insurance companies will pay for the device, Mangan said, and Medicare and

Medicaid will also cover in some diagnostic situations.

Also new in diabetes management...

In addition to CGM, Mangan said there is a flow of new medications on the market for diabetes.

“It’s important to stay in close contact with your physician,” she says. “There are more than

90 medications for treating diabetes, and your physician will be able to help match one to your

particular needs.”

Other new evidence points to an even greater importance of exercise for people with diabetes.

“We know now that exercise is critically important,” Mangan says. “Individuals with diabetes

should get at least 150 minutes of exercise each week. It doesn’t need to be all at one time. You

can put in three 15-minute sessions in one day and can mix and match it anytime.”

She also recommends resistance training and says

combining cardiovascular and strength training is key

to meeting metabolic needs.

“This gives us wide-open

eyes to see how a patient’s

behavior influences blood

sugar. It can also help

physicians determine the

most effective treatment

and whether changes in

medication are necessary.”

Diane Mangan, R.N.

Certified Diabetes


Help from the Morris Hospital

Diabetes Education Center

Diabetes Educators from the Morris Hospital Diabetes

Education Center are dedicated to helping individuals

overcome challenges associated with diabetes through

healthy eating, physical activity, maintaining a healthy

weight, and medication management.

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Services include:

• One-on-one counseling with a physician’s order

• Monthly diabetes education classes

• Continuous Glucose Monitoring

For more information, call 815-705-7367.


Health Screening

Leads to

Startling Discovery

Randy Weese, with

wife Dana, is back to

work at his carpet

store in Morris

after a serious

discovery during a

wellness screening.




Offered at Morris Hospital every

Wednesday by appointment,

and Mondays-Fridays from

8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Morris

Hospital Yorkville Campus

$35 Heart Healthy screening – includes

total cholesterol, LDL and HDL cholesterol,

triglycerides, and glucose for type 2


$20 Heart Smart screening - cholesterol

and glucose only.

$40 Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

screening - find out if you have blockages

in your arm and leg arteries through a

painless, non-invasive ultrasound test.

When Randy Weese learned that Morris Hospital offers a peripheral artery, carotid

artery, and abdominal aortic aneurysm screening through Wellness Wednesdays, he didn’t

hesitate to make an appointment. The 61-year-old owner of Dandy Floor Covering in Morris

previously had similar tests through a mobile screening service.

Yet this time, Randy received news that he never expected. When checking for an

abdominal aortic aneurysm, the ultrasound test revealed a mass on Randy’s kidney. His wife,

Dana, was equally surprised.

“Randy texted me and said Dr. (James) Allen called to tell him they found a mass on his

kidney during the screening,” recalls Dana. “He had no symptoms…nothing.”

Four days later, Randy had a CT scan that revealed more information about the mass and

then followed up with Dr. Greg Andros, a urologist on the Morris Hospital Medical Staff.

“When we went to see Dr. Andros, he said he was 90 percent sure it was cancer,” says Dana.

“He also said he didn’t know why Randy made an appointment for the Wellness Wednesday

screenings, but it was a good thing he did because usually by the time there are symptoms of

kidney cancer, it’s too late.”

While the three vascular screenings Morris Hospital offers through Wellness Wednesdays

certainly aren’t intended to screen for kidney cancer, Dr. Michael Jachec, a radiologist on

the Morris Hospital Medical Staff, says it’s not uncommon to detect unrelated issues during

diagnostic imaging exams like ultrasound, CT, MRI and x-ray.

“When we look at studies, we’re not just looking at the potential problem at hand,” says

Dr. Jachec. “We look at everything that’s captured on the image. It’s not uncommon for the

technologist or the radiologist to find something we weren’t necessarily looking for.”

Less than a month later, Randy underwent surgery at Morris Hospital to have his kidney

removed, which indeed turned out to be cancerous. Due to the success of the surgery and the

early stage of cancer, he has not required any additional treatment and will follow up with the

urologist in six months.

“Dr. Andros is confident that all the cancer was removed,” says Dana, adding that Randy is

doing great with his recovery. “He also said the tumor was fast growing and that we wouldn’t

have known it was there if it weren’t for the Wellness Wednesday screening.”

“Randy’s got a guardian angel looking over him,” says Dana. “We are definitely thankful.”

$40 Carotid Artery screening –

blockages or narrowing of the carotid

arteries in your neck can mean an

increased risk for stroke. This screening

involves a painless, non-invasive

ultrasound test.

$40 Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

screening – sometimes the abdominal

aorta at the center of the chest and

abdomen becomes enlarged and at risk

of rupturing. This screening involves a

painless, non-invasive ultrasound test.

$100 Artery screening Bundle – have all

three artery screenings listed above (PAD,

carotid, AAA) at a discounted price of $100.

$50 Vitamin D screening – not enough

Vitamin D in your blood can lead to weak

and soft bones, while too much Vitamin

D can damage bones, soft tissue and


$50 Testosterone screening - as a

man ages, the amount of testosterone

in the body gradually declines. Check

for testosterone deficiency through this

simple blood test.

To schedule an appointment for

Wellness Wednesday screenings at

Morris Hospital, call 815-416-6089.

For an appointment at the Yorkville

Campus, call 630-553-8200.

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Unless otherwise mentioned, all classes are held at

Morris Hospital, 150 W. High Street, Morris. Online

registration is available for classes with this symbol

Please go to www.morrishospital.org/events


Diabetes Medications

March 14, 6-7 p.m.

There are over 100 medicines used to treat diabetes,

and almost 200 currently being researched. Come

hear a Morris Hospital registered pharmacist describe

medications available to help manage diabetes,

in addition to explaining medications you may

already be taking. Registration is not required. For

information, call 815-705-7367. (Free)

Get Moving with Diabetes

April 11, 6-7 p.m.

Individuals with diabetes know it is important to get

physical activity every day to help balance food and

medications. Sometimes it is difficult to get started

with physical activity. Come find out why it is so

important and some easy ways to get moving. Wear

comfortable clothing and shoes to this class lead by

a Morris Hospital physical therapist as we will be

participating in some simple exercises to get you

started. Registration is not required. For information,

call 815-705-7367. (Free)

Carbohydrate Counting

May 10, 6-7 p.m.

Learn how to improve your blood sugar through

healthy eating and carbohydrate counting. This class

is taught by a diabetes educator/registered dietitian.

Registration is not required. For information, call

815-705-7367. (Free)

Diabetes and Eye Health

June 13, 6-7 p.m.

Come and hear optometrist Angelo Marino from

Ortiz Eye and Hearing Associates discuss the importance

of eye care for people with diabetes. Dr. Marino

will address preventative care of the eyes and what

kinds of eye diseases or problems people with diabetes

are more likely to encounter. Registration is not

required. For information, call 815-705-7367. (Free)


Babysitter’s Training Course

March 4 or June 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Designed for youths age 11 and older, this course

can help babysitters: interview for a babysitting job,

choose safe and age-appropriate toys and games,

perform first aid, learn diapering and feeding techniques,

handle bedtime issues, and learn tips for having

a safe babysitting experience. Participants should

bring a doll to class. Lunch is included. Register

online or call 815-705-7365. ($40)


I Can Cope Cancer Support Group

March 9 and May 11, 1-3 p.m. at the Morris Regional

Oncology Center, 1600 West U.S. Route 6, Morris

This American Cancer Society educational series

is for people facing cancer, either personally or as

a friend or family caregiver. Register online or call

815-364-8915. (Free)

Look Good Feel Better

May 8, 1-3 p.m. at the Morris Regional Oncology Center,

1600 West U.S. Route 6, Morris

For women undergoing cancer treatment, this special

program is designed to teach beauty techniques

to help overcome the appearance-related side effects

of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Register

online or call 815-364-8915. (Free)


Basic Life Support

March 1, April 5, May 10, June 13, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Intended for licensed and certified healthcare professionals,

this course teaches the skills of CPR for victims

of all ages, use of an automated external defibrillator

(AED) and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction.

Register online or call 815-705-7357. ($70)

Heartsaver AED/First Aid CPR

April 13, 4-8 p.m.; June 7, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Participants will learn the basic techniques of adult,

child and infant CPR and use of an automated external

defibrillator (AED) as well as first aid for choking.

Register online or call 815-705-7357. ($60)


Please check morrishospital.org/events for additional

childbirth classes. For more information on childbirth

and family classes, call 815-942-3012.

Introduction to Breastfeeding

March 6, April 3, May 1, June 12, 9-10 a.m.

This class focuses on the benefits of breastfeeding,

pumping, and going back to work. Breastfeeding

moms will also get advice to help solve problems

related to breastfeeding. The class is taught by a

certified lactation consultant. Please register online.


Baby Care Basics

March 7, April 11, 6-7:30 p.m.

This class covers everything parent needs to know

to bring their baby home with confidence. Through

presentation and demonstration, this program will

include newborn appearance/activity, feeding, warning

signs, and safety. Please register online. ($15)

Childbirth Express Class

March 7 & 14, 5-9 p.m.; April 6, 5-8:30 p.m.

This is great, one day class for women in their last

trimester of pregnancy covering labor, comfort

measures, relaxation and medical interventions. We

also cover pain management options and vaginal and

cesarean birth. A tour of the unit will take place at

the end of the class. Please register online. ($50)

New Siblings

March 8, 10-11 a.m.

This fun class is for children ages 3-7 who are preparing

to welcome a new brother or sister. Siblings-to-be

will learn how a newborn baby looks and acts and

what happens while mom and baby are in the hospital.

Activities, discussion and a tour of the birthing

suites helps them feel a part of the experience. Each

child should bring a doll or stuffed animal. Please

register online. ($5 per child)

Give the Gift of Life

Blood Drive

March 21, May 23, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Give the gift of life by donating blood. Donors must

be at least 17 years old or 16 with written parental

permission, weigh at least 110 pounds, be symptom

free of cold, flu and allergies, and be in general good

health. Walk-ins are welcome. For information, call

815-705-7370. (Free)


Breathers’ Support Group

March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, 10-11 a.m.

This support group is for anyone diagnosed with

chronic lung disease including COPD, asthma, emphysema,

bronchitis, and pulmonary fibrosis. Monthly

meetings include general discussions about ways to

manage chronic lung disease, gain emotional support,

and share with other patients. Lead by respiratory

therapists, a 20 minute educational topic is presented

at each meeting. Register online or call 815-705-7837.


Heart Failure Support Group

March 9, April 6, May 4, June 1, 10-11 a.m.

This support group is for anyone who has been

diagnosed with heart failure, a chronic condition that

occurs when the heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as

well as it should. Each support group meeting includes

a 15-minute educational component as well as an opportunity

to participate in general discussions on ways

to manage heart failure and share experiences with

others. Register online or call 815-705-7832. (Free)

Stroke & Aphasia Support Group

Our Stroke Support Group is for individuals and

their loved ones who have experienced the loss of

physical function or communication due to a stroke

or other neurological event. In addition to quarterly

meetings in March, June, September and December,

support group members gather during the other

months to assure continuous support is available. For

additional details, please contact Ali Bute, Speech Pathologist

at Morris Hospital, at 815-705-7440. (Free)

Support for People with Oral, Head and

Neck Cancer (SPOHNC)

Meets the third Tuesday of every month, 2-3 p.m. at the

Morris Regional Oncology Center, 1600 West U.S. Route

6, Morris

This is a patient-directed self-help organization

directed to meeting the emotional, physical, and

humanistic needs of oral and head and neck cancer

patients and their caregivers. Survivors discuss their

situations, experiences, coping strategies and hopes.

For information, call 815-364-8915. (Free)


Financial Assistance. As part of our commitment to

providing quality care for everyone, Morris Hospital

& Healthcare Centers offers a financial assistance

program. If you have any concerns about paying your

hospital bill, please call and speak to one of our patient

representatives at 815-942-2932, ext. 7056 or 7046.

Senior Health Insurance Program. A volunteer

counselor from the Senior Health Insurance Program

(SHIP) is available at Morris Hospital to provide free

health insurance counseling for Medicare beneficiaries

regarding Medicare and Medicare supplements,

long term care insurance, and Advantage plans. To

schedule an appointment, call 815-942-2932, ext. 1063.

Register online:


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