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Navigating The Journey

One of the most critical members of a woman’s breast cancer care team is her patient navigator. Receiving a cancer diagnosis — or even an abnormal mammogram — can be a scary moment for any woman. At Centegra Health System, there is always someone to go through the journey with you. “A read more

Certified stroke care at Centegra

When stroke strikes, the first need is for speed. Fast action can save brain tissue, reduce disability and enhance  recovery. As certified stroke centers, Centegra hospitals are ready to help with emergency treatment, follow-up care and rehabilitation. “One of Centegra’s strengths is that we are able to offer so much to our stroke read more

Lifesaving cardiac device sparks recovery

When you’re a little hazy about how many heart procedures you’ve had, you’ve probably had a lot. Just ask Douglas F. Mauro, 63. Over the past 20 years, he’s had about a dozen interventions. He’s had stents. He’s had a bypass. He’s had coronary artery plaque sanded down to improve read more

Cardiac Care at Centegra

On Oct. 4, the milestone 1,000th cardiac surgery was performed at Centegra Hospital–McHenry. The cardiac surgery team, led by Thomas J. Hinkamp, MD, an independent board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon on the medical staff at Centegra, performed the surgery on a 72-year-old man from McHenry. “I congratulate Centegra Health System on this read more

Need a new hip? Learn about the anterior approach to hip replacement.

Is it possible to take a surgery that’s already remarkably effective, even life changing, and improve on it? Absolutely. Case in point: hip replacement. It’s happening right here at Centegra Health System, where orthopedic surgeons are offering patients with worn-out hips an innovative alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery. It’s read more

Heat up workouts with Ignite Studios

Fire up your workout with new Ignite classes at Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Centers. These classes are designed to supercharge your workouts and burn calories. The new collection of programs offers a variety of options, such as mind and body, fi tness and toning classes. They include: Ai Chi Barre Boot Camp Cardio Blast Endurance read more

Rebalancing Her Life

Tiffany Marchyshyn was shopping for bigger clothes and her energy was down. This was not good for a busy wife and full-time mom to a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old boy. At a checkup for a thyroid condition, her endocrinologist, Centegra Health System's Achal Ahmed, MD, voiced what Marchyshyn had been read more

Healthy Holiday Party Dips

Try our best holiday party dips - these low-calorie, high-flavor treats are the perfect choice for festive get togethers. Plus, they're easy to make! Chickpea and Roasted Pepper Dip This creamy, guilt-free dip makes it easy to enjoy more fresh vegetables at your next holiday buffet. Ingredients: 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans 1 roasted read more

Health care reform: we’re ready!

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, major changes have been occurring in the country’s health care systems. Even more changes are coming Jan. 1, when key provisions of the ACA take effect. Jan. 1 is when nearly everyone will be required to have health insurance and read more

Eating well when you’re eating for two

When you’re pregnant, it’s important to eat a balanced diet with a wide variety of foods to give you and your baby the necessary nutrients. Dairy provides vitamin D and calcium and is important for bone health for mom and baby. Have at least three cups of lowfat or fat-free read more