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Message to our Community

You may have noticed some big changes on our website! Our revamped website has more to see and it’s easier to use than ever before. Perhaps you need to locate information about our hospital services or directions to a neighborhood clinic, or maybe you’d like to connect with a read more

Blueprint for survivorship

Generous grant from Gavers foundation helps launch comprehensive rehabilitation program for needs of cancer patients When you have a knee replaced, rehabilitation helps you regain strength, flexibility and range of motion. For people who have had a heart attack, cardiac rehabilitation helps them reclaim their life. Yet how do people in treatment for and read more

The Scientific Method: OPTIFAST

Centegra Health System’s new OPTIFAST program offers residents in McHenry County a new approach to medically supervised weight loss. The program usually lasts 26 weeks and uses a full meal replacement plan that transitions to self-prepared “everyday” meals along with comprehensive patient education and support. OPTIFAST helps patients achieve long-term weight read more

Vascular screening: Find out about your heart health

Allan Haase, 65, knows now that if he hadn’t gone to get his heart checked out in January, he might not be here today. Fortunately for him, a visit to the Centegra Wellness on the Move mobile health unit uncovered blockages in the arteries in both his legs. That discovery led to read more

Giving cancer the robotic treatment

Surgery is the most common treatment for colon cancer. Centegra offers the latest innovation in cancer surgery with its da Vinci® Surgery System. One of the physicians trained in using the da Vinci robot is Alexandra B. Roginsky, MD, a board-certified general surgeon. She has been using the robot for minimally invasive read more

Colon Conditions: Now this is embarrassing…

Do you want to talk about diarrhea? Or constipation? Would you like to have a discussion about polyps in your large intestine? Probably not. Like most people, you may shy away from discussing what goes on in your bowels. It’s time to get over it. Remember: Cancer of the colon and rectum, or colorectal read more

Ovarian Cancer: Awareness is your ally

Some diseases announce themselves unambiguously. Others quietly creep in disguised as everyday annoyances. Unfortunately, ovarian cancer ranks among the latter. That’s why doctors at Centegra Health System urge their female patients to become educated about ovarian cancer. “This disease may not have any symptoms early on, and if it does, they are read more

Breast Cancer Screenings: A good gift every birthday

More than one-third of the women diagnosed with breast cancer at the Centegra Gavers Breast Center have been under the age of 50. That’s why Elissa Brebach, MD, the center’s section chief of Mammography, agrees with both the American Cancer Society and American College of Radiology: Women should begin having annual read more

Open enrollment: Centegra Health & Wellness Network

Centegra Health & Wellness Network (CHWN) is an association of more than 100 of the best primary care physicians and 200 of the top specialists in the McHenry County area. CHWN formed as a partnership between local independent physicians and physicians employed by Centegra Health System. CHWN provides its members high- quality, read more

Message to our Community

Summer slips away all too quickly, doesn’t it? Before you know it, children will stop catching fireflies and start getting on school buses. If you’re a parent, you may soon be stocking up on school supplies and filling out permission slips. However, there are other ways to ready your child for school, read more