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Blog: Top 2 Reasons to Stop Smoking

Centegra has several resources to help you quit smoking. If you want to take charge of your lung health but need help quitting smoking, join Centegra’s seven-week Freedom from Smoking class for adults. Centegra Health System and the American Cancer Society have partnered together to bring you an effective program that read more

Blog: Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic foot ulcer

The Centegra Wound & Hyperbaric Center recommends the following to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers: Annual foot examinations by a health care provider Daily self-inspections of the feet, or have a family member perform the inspection Regular care of the feet including cleaning toenails and taking care of corns and calluses Choose supportive, proper read more

Peripheral Arterial Disease and Wound Care

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition that develops when the arteries that supply blood to the internal organs, arms and legs become completely or partially blocked, known as atherosclerosis. There are many possible side effects of atherosclerosis. Chest pain and heart attack if the coronary arteries are involved. Stroke read more

Blog: Preparing for a Power Outage

Power outages, or blackouts, can happen anywhere and to anyone, so being prepared is important. The Department of Homeland Security offers these tips during a power outage:  Use only flashlights for emergency lighting. NEVER use candles during a power outage or power outage due to extreme risk of fire. Keep refrigerator and freezer read more

Blog: Be the Voice – National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month

I recently was browsing through the channels on television and came across a celebrity glorifying the use of marijuana. This particular celebrity openly admitted to using marijuana and laughing at the subsequent effects of the drug. In a nation where many teens already believe the use of marijuana to be read more

Blog: Driving in Flood Conditions

September in National Preparedness Month. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions: Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles Two feet of rushing read more

Blog: Heart Failure Management

Early diagnosis and treatment can help those with heart failure live longer, more active lives.  Treatment for heart failure depends upon the type and severity of heart failure and usually includes lifestyle changes such as a heart-healthy diet.  A heart-healthy diet includes foods that are rich in potassium and low read more

Centegra Wound & Hyperbaric Center receives national award for clinical excellence

The Centegra Wound & Hyperbaric Center recently was honored with the Center of Distinction Award given by Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Centegra Wound & Hyperbaric Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including attaining patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent and read more

Nine circumstances to call the McHenry County Crisis Line

We’re here to help 24/7 Centegra Health System’s Inpatient Behavioral Health unit has moved its 24-bed South Street location in Woodstock, Ill. to its expanded 34-bed unit at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock on Doty Road. This relocation responds to the increased need for inpatient behavioral health care and enables McHenry County residents to read more

HPV and the HPV Vaccine

HPV and the HPV Vaccine

HPV, or human papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) and anyone who is sexually active can get it. It is so common that nearly all men and women who are sexually active get HPV at some point in their lives. There are more than 150 related viruses read more