Prevention programs, screenings, and other health information

AND Provides Critical Support to Domestic Violence Clients 

By Kristin Boza 

A New Direction (AND) is the only domestic violence organization in Beverly/Morgan Park. Their mission is to provide counseling, education, support, and advocacy to those affected by domestic violence and to provide confidential counseling and advocacy services at no charge 

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, AND staff has seen nearly double the number of clients compared to the same period last year, according to Jessica McCarihan, AND Executive Director. 

“We’ve moved our services to serve our clients virtually and we’ve had to adapt to what that means for our clients,” McCarihan said. “There’s some loss of intimacy by not being able to be in the same room as them; however, our clients are still receiving a great level of service and many find it easier to ask for help when they can do so over the phone versus inperson meetings.” 

While AND does not have a crisis line, McCarihan noted that the organization has had to move to more of a 24/7 model in order to accommodate clients who may have difficulty in getting away from their abuser to make a call. With more people staying at home, both during and after shelter-in-place orders, many more people are spending more time than usual with their abusers.  

Since services are available free-of-charge to those in need, AND relies heavily on fundraising support to fulfill its mission and keep people within the Beverly/Morgan Park communities safe. Like all other big events, AND’s annual October gala will be cancelled this year; this event provided a large portion of AND’s operating budget.  

“We are looking for ways to make up the loss of our annual event, and we really need the support from the community to help us continue to fulfill our essential mission as we enter into our tenth year of supporting this community,” McCarihan said.  

People are encouraged to stay tuned to AND’s Facebook and Instagram @ANDBMP to learn how to support the organization. 

“Domestic violence during lockdown was very hard and we’re helping more people than ever. We need the community’s support, and we are extremely grateful for it,” McCarihan said. 

If you need help, reach out to AND by calling 773-253-7226 to speak to an advocate. 

To make a donation to AND’s essential services, visit ANewDirectionBMP.org. 

 

 

Virtual Grief Group  

 

Heather Beth Duke, an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with the Relationship Store, hosts a free virtual Grief Group via Zoom to help people through the loss of a loved one.  Duke will help people navigate through the pain of loss and learn how to miss them while still living their lives.  Anyone 21 years and older is free to join every other Wednesday starting Sept. 9. Pre-register via email , hdukerelationshipstore@gmail.com or call 312-869-2540. 

 

Don’t Wait to Get Medical Care

It’s been reported in publications from the LA Times to the Washington Post: As many as one third of Americans are delaying medical care because they are afraid of being exposed to the coronavirus. The result it that people could become seriously ill or even die not from the virus, but from leaving critical medical conditions undiagnosed or untreated.

Experts at OSF Healthcare Little Company of Mary Medical Center, 2800 W. 95th St., are assuring people it’s safe to visit the hospital for emergency treatment and regular medical care.

“We want to make sure that our community feels comfortable coming to Little Company of Mary Medical Center. Our emergency department is clean. It is roomy so there is enough room to separate patients. It is safe for you to seek the care that you need. It is very important that you feel comfortable coming if you think you have a serious problem,” said Bill Walsh, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center.

Dr. Walsh encourages community members who are experiencing symptoms that may signal a serious health issue to seek care as soon as possible in the closest emergency department.

People in need of emergency care can be confident that the OSF Little Company of Mary Emergency Room is a clean environment that more than meets safety guidelines. Recent ER renovations include social distancing and protective barriers in waiting rooms and new treatment rooms that are now separated by glass walls and doors instead of curtains. All coronavirus protections are being used including plenty of PPE for the staff.

“As we get closer to our new normal and realizing what that looks like, the importance of self-care and preventative health care services is coming back to the front of mind for many of our patients and our community members. As we look towards ‘how do we better serve during that time,’ one of the features that we have brought back online is scheduling online at your convenience,” said Kate Eschbach, MHA, RT(R)(MR)(CT), Director, Medical Imaging & Cardiology, OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center.

OSF Little Company of Mary has made it easy to schedule appointments and save time on updating paperwork.

“We are very excited to bring online scheduling as an opportunity for our patients to book their mammo online for screening services,” said Eschbach, adding that “the entire process takes a total of five clicks.” According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the goal of screening mammography is to find cancer when it is still too small to be felt by breast self-examination or your doctor. Finding small breast cancers early by a screening mammogram greatly improves the chance for successful treatment.

Appointments for mammograms, sports physicals and back-to-school physicals can be made online to osflittlecompanyofmary.org. Click on the banner for the kind of appointment you need to be directed to scheduling, or sign up for the OSF MyChart app and create an account that can help you manage all of your appointments, communications with your physician, and follow-ups. OSF MyChart can easily be accessed on cell phones.

By scheduling online, patients can also complete any paperwork or questionnaires that need to be supplied or updated.

People who are considering elective surgeries are encouraged to move forward. OSFL Little Company of Mary has offerings this option since mid-May. All patients must be tested for COVID-19 before their surgery.

OSF monitors everyone coming into its hospitals while maintaining physical distancing in waiting areas. The focus remains on the best interest of a patient’s health overall.

 

Local Medical Center Offers New, State-of-the-Art Imaging System 

 

OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center, 2800 W. 95th St., has a new, interventional radiology suite, becoming one of only a handful of centers in the nation to offer the state-of-the-art imaging system. The system combines two types of imaging technology, CT and fluoroscopy, in one single machine, which shortenprocedure times and requires fewer trips to the hospital for patients. 

For many years, surgery was the only treatment available for many conditions. Today, many conditions can be treated by interventional radiologists who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments, combining diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use X-rays, CT and/or ultrasound, and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, usually in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease internally. 

Treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery and are first-line care for a wide variety of conditions. It can be used to freeze and destroy cancer cells, remove blood clots, cauterize and close abnormal veins, fix spinal fractures, insert and fix dialysis catheters, and drain pockets of infection inside the body. Additional areas that interventional radiology can treat include: deep vein thrombosis, varicose veins, gastrointestinal issues, uterine fibroids, pain management and more. 

It deals with almost every body system and you use the technology to solve problems that we couldn’t solve before and provide treatment options that we couldn’t before, explained Dr. Hamid Nazeer, medical director of interventional radiology, OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center. During the peak of the pandemic, in order to keep everybody safe and to get certain measures in place, we were only performing critical and urgent procedures. Now we’re offering every other procedure that we have here, and we can do it in a very safe way.” 

As OSF HealthCare brings back online elective procedures that had been curtailed or cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it continues to take extra measures to ensure the highest level of patient safety. 

 

News from OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center 

 

OSF HealthCare and Smith Village Offer Grief Support
Two of the Southland’s leading sponsors of adult support groups  OSF HealthCare and Smith Village  are joining forces to offer a free six-week adult bereavement program available via Zoom, Wednesdays, July 15 through Aug. 19, 1 p.m. 

Each week, the hour-long sessions dealing with the loss of a relative, friend or close colleague will be led by three experts: Chaplain Dennis Shelton and social worker Jessica Allison MSW, both of OSF HealthCare, and Diane Morgan, Smith Village social service director of long-term care. 

“Deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic have touched many more people than in normal times,” said Allison. “We thought addressing this topic from three points of view would be greatly beneficial to survivors.”  

The first meeting will focus on the grieving process.  

The sessions will be presented via Zoom, a video conferencing platform that can be accessed on computers or mobile telephones. To download the software, go to https://zoom.en.softonic.com/?ex=MOB-575.6. 

Pre-registration is required to participate in the weekly sessions. To register contact Jessica Allison, 708-229-6913 or jessica.n.allison@osfhealthcare.org. The meeting ID and password needed to participate will be provided.  

OSF HealthCare is an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. The OSF HealthCare Ministry includes 14 hospitals throughout Illinois and Michigan. Smith Village is a life plan community in Beverly/Morgan Park.  

 

 

OSF Healthcare Little Company of Mary Names New President 

OSF HealthCare has named Kathleen Kinsella president of OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Evergreen Park.  

Kinsella has served as the hospital’s chief operating officer since 2018 where she was responsible for operational issues with a focus on safety and positive clinical outcomes for patients. She was instrumental in facilitating the successful transition of Little Company of Mary to OSF HealthCare in February.  

Kinsella has more than 30 years of health care experience in ambulatory and hospital medicine consulting and implementing solutions for operational, financial, quality and regulatory issues in varied professional environments. She received her Bachelor of Science in occupational health and safety education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Master of Science in health care administration from the University of St. Francis.  

“Kathleen is a shining example of our Mission to serve with the greatest care and love and I am thrilled to welcome her into her new role as president of OSF Little Company of Mary,” said AJ Querciagrossa, chief executive officer, Metro Region, OSF HealthCare.  

Kinsella takes over for John Hanlon, MD, who is retiring after a nearly 40-year career, the last two years as president of OSF Little Company of Mary. The transition will be effective July 10.  

 

 

History Mystery Bike Adventure 

More Mystery, More Adventure & More Fun for the Whole Family 

As most community events are being cancelled, BAPA is bringing back a retooled, social distancing-friendly version of its popular History Mystery Bike Tour. An exciting way to see the neighborhood, harness sleuthing skills, and get in some active outdoor time with family and friendsnew History Mystery Bike Adventure offers four all new puzzle-solving challenges with some updates, prizes and family-friendly options.  

In its heyday, the History Mystery Tour was held as a one-day family focused biking event, coupled with food and music. For the new version, people will participate on their own using clues and maps printed in The Villager starting this month and available on BAPA’s website.   

As many residents take to the streets on two wheels to enjoy the warmer weather and stay active, the resurrected History Mystery Bike Adventure is an option for families to add some fun to their rides and discover new routes in the community. It is just one of multiple BAPA alternative events being held this summer that allow residents to practice social distancing, but still get out and participate in a community-wide activity 

The new History Mystery Bike Adventure starts pedaling in West Beverly. Every month through September, the series will take residents to a new area of the neighborhood to solve clues using the printed map in that month’s Villager and at www.bapa.org 

Clues will cover a wide range of topics specific to each area of the neighborhood. From architecture and history, to local businesses and everyday sights, residents can spend the summer discovering everything that makes the Beverly/Morgan Park community so unique.  

Once participants have completed the clues, they will be able to solve the History Mystery puzzle. Each month, completed puzzle answercan be submitted to BAPA via email (bapa@bapa.org) with the subject line History Mystery to be qualified for prizes for that month. Prize winners will be randomly selected from the correct puzzle answers received, one entry per family pleaseFuture adventures will take residents to East Beverly in July, North Beverly in August, and Central Beverly in September. 

BAPA encourages bicyclists to always practice bike safety and etiquette when riding. For more tips and recommendations on how to bike safely in our community, check out Bike Safety Information. To get started on the first History Mystery Bike Adventure of the summer, find your map and list of clues here. Good luck! 

Although you won’t be able to win any prizes, you can still get out and explore the neighborhood with the previous months bike maps and clue sheets here: June, July, August

 

CORE Fitness Redefines Postpartum 

By Kristin Boza 

CORE Fitness and Physical Therapy, 2940 W. 95th St., is known for its wide range of offerings in Pilates and physical therapy, all in an effort to help strengthen the core and promote overall health and well-being. 

An essential part of CORE’s philosophy is to promote women’s health at all stages of life, particularly addressing the changes that occur after a pregnancy.  

“I like to think once postpartum, always postpartum,” said Cathriona Fey, Women’s Health Fitness Specialist at CORE, with certifications in pre/postnatal care. “The changes that are required of our bodies to carry and birth children can impact our deep core and how we move for the rest of our lives.”  

From a fitness approach, CORE’s prenatal and postnatal classes are geared toward helping women feel stronger and more connected to their bodies. “Our goal is that they can return to their regular exercise routine more confident and supported, armed with these essential techniques to train safely and more effectively postpartum,” Fey said. “Postpartum recovery started during pregnancy and a lot of the techniques we teach can prevent common postpartum issues, like incontinence, diastasis recti, low back pain, prolapse, and more.” 

Issues like pelvic pain, painful intercourse, urge incontinence, and post-surgical therapies can be treated through physical therapy and fitness classes at CORE. Even if insurance doesn’t cover physical therapy, women can find help through the fitness classes, or they can graduate to the fitness classes after completing a physical therapy program. All classes are designed to provide a safe and effective full-body workout while promoting a functional and stronger core.  

“It’s so important to shed light on women’s health therapy and pelvic floor therapy because it’s not usually talked about,” said Terri McCabe, Studio Manager at CORE. “Most women experience issues at some point, and these issues are related to pregnancy and deliveryFor us culturally, we’re sent home from the hospital without a prescription for physical therapy and told to ‘just rest.’ If we were given the proper tools and rehabilitation opportunities or therapeutic interventions immediately following labor and delivery, we may not have issues feeling out of alignment or offbalance years later.” 

CORE Fitness and Physical Therapy is in the insurance network for BCBS PPO, and they also accept self-pay and workman’s comp individuals. Since physical therapy is an essential service during the shelter-in-place orders, CORE is able to see these patients; telehealth appointments are also available. Online fitness classes are available for a drop-in price of $10 per class; register online at CoreFitnessPT.com. 

Safe Crossings and Emptier Streets Add to Local Bikeability 

By Kristin Boza 

Bike riding in an urban community is challenging; often, only the most experienced riders will even attempt to bike down a major thoroughfare like Western Avenue. However, promoting walkability and bikeability is essential to bringing even more traffic to small businesses in Beverly/Morgan Park — without the polluting effects of cars.  

UrbanMain is one organization seeking to find ways to encourage walking and biking on Western through a grant to the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business AssociationSeveral local organizations, businesses and individuals are working on ideas to spur economic vitality in our community along Western Avenue.  

Beverly/Morgan Park resident Anne Alt is committed to working with UrbanMain on initiatives to attract more bike and foot traffic and generate more ideas for businesses that can fill the low-activity gaps on Western 

“Part of the potential for this project is encouraging people to visit businesses on Western by walking or biking,” Alt said. “I’ve been working on ideas for better pedestrian and bike access, and event ideas for promoting non-car visits to businesses there. If we improve some crossings with treatments like median refuge island and curb bumpouts, that could encourage more people to visit destinations on Western without getting into cars. Businesses could serve more customers with less parking.” 

While riding and walking down Western is great for local businesses, alternate routes are needed that keep biking families with young kids safe in transitAlt recommends a few alternative bike routes that let families stretch their legs, get some much-needed fresh air and exercise, and avoid traffic and stay safe as much as possible while traveling to their destinations: 

For east-west routes, 91st, 100th, and 109th Streets are quiet and easy for families to follow the rules of the road. 

Wood, Hoyne and Bell are quieter north-south street alternatives to Longwood and Prospect. 

Leavitt has stop signs and traffic lights which make is useful for crossing major streets, though it’s not ideal for little kids because of the amount of traffic it attracts, particularly between 94th and 99th Streets.   

West of Western gets challenging, since many streets are one-way and change direction in inconvenient locations.   

Above all, Alt stresses that families adhere to general bike safety rules, no matter what roads they travel on: 

Ride with the flow of traffic. Drivers are not expecting people to be riding at them in their lane, particularly at intersections or driveways. This opens up the potential for accidents. 

Use a mirror attached to handlebars, helmet or glasses to see what’s coming behind you. Don’t be shy — wave at cars coming up behind you to ensure they see you in their lane. 

Use reflectors. While bike lights are a part of Illinois law, be sure to also use reflectors and reflective bands on your ankles. This combination increases your visibility and makes it obvious to oncoming drivers that you’re riding a bike.  

In Illinois, one important bike law to follow is to affix a white, front-facing headlight and a red rear-facing reflector or light to your bike. This makes the rider visible from at least 500 feet when used at night.  

Use hand signals to alert drivers to your direction changes. Learn more about hand signals at CyberDriveIllinois.com. 

Find out more about Illinois bike laws at BikeLaw.com. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teletherapy Options Offer Help Coping with Pandemic

Mental health is as important as physical health during the pandemic. Being isolated from loved ones and friends, being quarantined with your spouse and kids, being separated from loved ones who are ill and being unable to properly say goodbye to people you have lost, and simply being afraid of what’s going to happen next produce anxiety, stress and depression.

Lisa Catania, LCSW of Beverly Therapists said, “Many fears and hardships that are getting triggered by the pandemic, causing stress, anxiety, and depression to increase for most people.” The constantly changing news reinforces a loss of control. Most people fear that they or a loved one will become sick.

“While fear or anxiety helps us to be cautious and adopt new shelter-in-place behaviors quickly, many feel petrified to the point of experiencing sleeplessness, irritability, fear of leaving their house and any contact with others.  We can have a hard time knowing where to draw the line between caution and paranoia,” Catania said.  

Other stressors like working from home or losing a job, homeschooling and even doing essential tasks like going to the grocery store provoke emotional responses and fears that affect relationships as well as a sense of personal safety.

“Very few of us have been through such a historical hardship,” Catania said. “As a society, we are collectively experiencing the discomforts of vulnerability. Thankfully, counseling lends itself well to telehealth, and most insurance policies are covering teletherapy during the COVID-19 crisis.

“Given the strain of the pandemic, regarding many issues such as isolation, financial stress, illness, grief, trauma, it is very important that people are accessing therapy,” said Kathleen McShane, MA, LCPC, CCTP, Director of Begin Within Therapy. Their practice is advocating for longer term coverage for Telehealth therapy, and they have a petition with over 16,000 signatures supporting that need as the stay-in-place executive orders are extended.

Mental health professionals advise people who are feeling stressed by the pandemic to a break now and then from watching the news during the pandemic, make sure to eat healthy meals and get exercise, get plenty of sleep, take deep breaths and meditate, engaging in activities you enjoy, talk to people you trust about your concerns, and avoid alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.

Sometimes it takes more than following these simple suggestions to help cope with overwhelming circumstances and thoughts.

To help neighbors take care of the added stress and uncertainty created by the restrictions of COVID-19, counseling is available as a telehealth option, and locally provided by therapy offices.

Beverly Therapists, 10725 S. Western, 773-310-3488 or beverlytherapists.com. The team of therapists at Beverly Therapists has shifted to offer counseling assessment and ongoing therapy through telehealth during this uncertain time. Sessions are private and available by phone or computer with therapists who are trained in teletherapy. Access this option through their website, where you can also read helpful blog posts, find mental health resources and find comfort in empowering advice.

​Begin Within Therapy, 3301 W. 111th St., 312-469-0486 or beginwithinchicago.com. This group of therapists is available to help current and new clients manage the uncertainty of these times. Sessions are provided online and confidential.

Mirjam Quinn & Associates, 10801 S. Western, 2B, 708-586-7357 or mirjamquinnandassociates.com.

“Life doesn’t stop during shelter-in-place, and neither should your mental health support.” That excellent advice is on the Mirjam Quinn & Associates website, along with a link to easy online talk therapy (mirjamquinnandassociates.com/easy-online-talk-therapy/). Services include “coping during shelter in place,” one-time, one-on-one sessions with a trained counselor as well as regular sessions. 

OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center can connect people in need with SilverCloud, a secure, anonymous and interactive platform to help you manage the feelings and causes of depression, anxiety or stress. The free app is available on phone, tablet or computer and consists of up to seven interactive modules that include mindfulness exercises, interactive journaling, and mood or lifestyle charting. Connect at https://www.osfhealthcare.org/mental-health/resources/silvercloud/

Free mental health counseling resources are available to Chicago residents. Among them are:

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chicago Helpline, 311 or 833-626-4244; www.namichicago.org/helpline

Chicago Department of Public Health Mental Health Centers, 312-747-1020.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24/7, free and confidential support 800-273-8255; suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Illinois Department of Human Services Mental Health Division free emotional support text line for people suffering from mental health issues related to COVID-19; text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0.

Beverly Breast Cancer Walk Goes Virtual

The OSF Beverly Breast Cancer Walk has been a Mother’s Day tradition in Beverly/Morgan Park for 20 years. The walk provides a way for the community to come together to support breast cancer treatment and services for patients, survivors and their families at OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center and to honor breast cancer patients, survivors and victims with the message to fight, admire, honor and hope.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, OSF HealthCare will host the Beverly Breast Cancer Virtual Walk on Sun., May 10. According to the Facebook event post, “The virtual walk is a fun, interactive way to get up and move safely during the coronavirus pandemic while still honoring and supporting our friends, family and all those who have or are currently facing the fight against breast cancer.”
Participants can walk around their houses, on treadmills or in the neighborhood following the rules of social distancing and using masks. Walkers will use social media to cheer each other on.

Organizers posted, “Make sure to take a picture of yourself walking, tag it with #OSFBBCW and share the names of those who you walk for or the reason why you walk. With everything going on, we recognize that the need for breast cancer services, treatment and support doesn’t stop – and neither does our commitment to supporting patients and their families during these critical times.”
Proceeds from the walk will continue to benefit the Cancer Center and Comprehensive Breast Health Center at OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center to provide state-of-the-art treatment and services to breast cancer patients, survivors and their families. Funding will continue to sustain breast health programming and the BBCW Crisis Fund to assist breast cancer patients with emergent financial needs through treatment.
Keep up to date on the virtual walk the OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center Facebook page under events.