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Causes: General Hospitals, Health

Mission: The primary mission of northern illinois medical center is to provide quality health care services with innovative and responsible use of resources and promote wellness for the greater mchenry county area. Northern illinois medical center's services include, but are not limited to: 179 licensed-bed comprehensive medical center (39,456 patient days in fiscal year ending june 30, 2014), level two trauma center, 24 hr emergency medicine physicians, on-site flight for life helicopter (374 flights in fiscal year ending june 30, 2014), portable tdd (telephone device for the deaf) on site, center for new life including level two nursery (2,181 newborn patient days in fiscal year ending june 30, 2014), antenatal testing center, prenatal classes, hello daddy and dial-a-dad pagers, very important sibling classes, lamaze classes, breastfeeding classes, intensive and intermediate care units, sage cancer center (17,515 radiation oncology procedures and 2,852 medical oncology visits in fiscal year e

Programs: Northern illinois medical center, in conjunction with centegra health system and memorial medical center, sponsors or hosts many support groups for its patients, as well as the community. Each of the following ongoing support groups is held at the medical center or in the community and is free of charge. By supporting these groups, the medical center is able to provide one or all of the following three benefits: staff professionals who act either as group facilitators or guest speakers, free education about the programs available, and space offered free of charge. Programs include: alcoholics' anonymous, a twelve-step program for individuals recovering from alcohol dependence, alcoholics' anonymous, women's group, a special group for women, al-anon, a twelve-step program group for co dependent individuals, arthritis support group, bariatric support group for those individuals who have had weight loss surgery, better breathers club for those with pulmonary disease and their families, caregiver's support group for those who care for someone with a chronic or life-threatening illness, diabetes support group for individuals with diabetes and their families, families' anonymous for families with chemically dependent members, fibromyalgia support group for those suffering from fibromyalgia, get help live longer, a smoking cessation education and support group, hat's off for women with any type of cancer, and headwinds for survivors of traumatic brain injury and their family members/care givers. This group hosts speakers including medical professionals who specialize in traumatic brain injuries. Northern illinois medical center participates in conjunction with the pioneer center. Participants receive information on topics such as dealing with behavioral problems and the financial issues of long-term care. Living with grief, sponsored by centegra pastoral care, offers support for adults grieving the loss of a loved one. Make today count is a group for anyone with a life-threatening illness as well as their family and friends. The purpose of the program is to help members cope and gain emotional strength. The group also puts participants in touch with professional resources available to help them. The mchenry county crisis line is available for 24 hour mental health information, referral service, and crisis assistance. Multiple sclerosis (ms) support group is under the greater illinois chapter of the national multiple sclerosis society. The group is open to persons with ms, their family members and others interested in treatment and management of the disease. Specialists are often invited to speak to the group regarding the symptoms of the disease. Nami addresses mental illness. Narcotics anonymous is a twelve-step support program for those recovering from narcotic dependence. Nuts and bolts is a unique support group for stroke survivors who are 55 years of age or younger. The emphasis of this group is on assisting the families as they adapt to the special lifestyle changes of the young stroke survivor. The group has earned attention from the national stroke conference leaders as it is one of the first support groups of its type. Perinatal grief support group is for anyone who has experienced the loss of a newborn or an infant through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or sudden infant death syndrome (sids). St. Peregrine's cancer support group is a non-denominational support group for patients and their families and friends. What's aphasia? Is a group for stroke survivors and family members who have an impairment of their ability to speak or comprehend words. Wingspan is a group that provides the opportunity of open discussions, question and answer sessions, lectures, and social events for people recovering from strokes as well as their families. Y-me breast cancer support program is a national program designed to let participants listen to physicians, survivors, social workers, and nurses who have been invited to speak on topics such as handling anger, considered prostheses, and recent concerns about breast implant risks. Northern illinois medical center, in conjunction with centegra health system and memorial medical center, works in cooperation with mchenry county college and health bridge fitness center to provide a complete series of specialized training for those interested in developing their knowledge of emergency basics, or in pursuing a career in the emergency health care field. These programs are used extensively by local fire, ems, and police departments. Northern illinois medical center offers a variety of classes that can help people save lives. By sponsoring these classes, northern illinois medical center is helping the community in two ways; first, by building skills and confidence levels of the class participants; and second, by making trained help available for the community in case of emergencies. There are three levels of training available. The first responder is designed to instruct laymen in the following skills: identifying the emergency situation, stabilizing the victim, and providing basic emergency care until emergency medical personnel arrive. The emergency medical technician - basic course provides a more in-depth study of the recognition and management of victims of traumatic injuries or medical emergencies, and it includes hospital clinical experience. This course enables the participant to become a state of illinois licensed emt-basic. The emergency medical technician - paramedic program provides an intensive learning experience in the use of advanced life support procedures for the management of traumatic injuries and medical emergencies prior to arrival at the hospital. This course enables the participant to become a state of illinois licensed paramedic. An emergency medical dispatcher course designed to prepare individuals for employment as dispatchers for a public service agency providing dispatch to law enforcement, fire service, and/or emergency medical service is also offered. Continuing education for licensing renewal is also provided. Northern illinois medical center is a designated resource hospital for 16 rescue squads. The medical center also provided international trauma life support training, advanced cardiac life support training, and pediatric advanced life support training. Centegra health system is a learning center (clinical site) for students from a multitude of colleges and universities. Students have completed internships in programs such as nurse practitioner, nursing, nurse aide, physician assistant, social work, speech therapy, phlebotomy, diagnostic medical sonography, medical imaging, medical records, pharmacy, medical physics, surgical technology, professional counselor, substance abuse counselor, and medical assistant. Centegra health system is also a learning site for 3rd and 4th year medical students from the university of illinois at rockford. Northern illinois medical center was the first hospital in the state of illinois to adopt the e. N. C. A. R. E. (emergency nurses cancel alcohol related emergencies) program which lets nurses tell teenagers exactly what they have learned on the job -- that alcohol causes death, disability, and pain to thousands of teenagers throughout the country every year. Northern illinois medical center's sage cancer center, together with the american cancer society and gavers community cancer foundation, sponsor various cancer awareness programs. Each fall, a community cancer symposium is offered in partnership with mchenry county college. National physician experts are invited to speak to area residents. The center offers colorectal cancer screenings, skin cancer screenings, and reduced fee psa screenings. Cancer awareness also includes programs on reduction of risk for cancer through good nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits. Northern illinois medical center also sponsors celebrations of cancer survivorship. The sage cancer center participates in mchenry county tobacco-free community coalition, a community partnership developed to address the hazards of tobacco and develop a county wide smoking cessation campaign. The sage cancer center participates in the mchenry county breast cancer task force, the fox valley regional health initiatives council of the american cancer society. The cancer center also provides a resource library for patients to learn more about their conditions through the use of computer research and book loans. Get checked! Is a cancer screening and education program designed to educate all residents about prevention and early detection for breast/colon/prostate/testicular cancers and to motivate all mchenry county residents to have their age appropriate cancer screenings completed. The cancer center delivers the message of cancer awareness and the importance of appropriate screenings through a variety of community outreach activities that include appearances at local schools, community groups, church groups, health fairs, business

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