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Richmond woman says new breast cancer technology is ‘like a miracle’

Kimberly Sanchez is no stranger to cancer. The 56-year-old Richmond woman has battled cancer six times — including three bouts with breast cancer — and knows firsthand how a new technology at Centegra Health System is making breast cancer surgery easier for patients. Breast surgeons and radiologists at Centegra now use read more

Inpatient Sleep Screening program helps patients

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when an individual’s airway collapses during sleep, often leading to reduced oxygen in the body and placing stress to the heart and brain. In July 2015, Centegra launched one of the first programs nationwide designed to identify patients with this sleep disorder and schedule them for read more

New technology supports in-person interpreters at Centegra

Centegra Health System has implemented new technology that will support the its on-site interpreters. The technology, known as Interpreter On Wheels, is now available at the hospitals in Huntley, McHenry and Woodstock and will bring an even greater level of quality care to patients. 240 languages — and 24/7 availability Interpreter On read more

McHenry ICU nurses save a man’s life in Las Vegas

By David Weegar, RN IV Intensive Care Unit at Centegra Hospital-McHenry I want to share a story about the heroic actions two nurses from the Intensive Care Unit at Centegra Hospital-McHenry took. Alexis Wisniewski, RN III, and Katie Young, RN II, attended a wedding in Las Vegas in April. While in the MGM read more

9 tips for a summer of healthy grilling

Outdoor barbecues are a great way to spend time with family and friends. However, it’s important to know that grilling improperly can actually expose your food — and whoever eats it — to cancer-causing agents. About Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) One of these cancer-causing agents, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAH, forms when read more

Be Prepared, So You Avoid Bug Bites — and Disease

Over the past few years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of people developing dangerous diseases as a result of mosquito, tick and flea bites. In fact, between 2004 and 2016, 640,000 people came down with them, although experts believe the numbers are actually higher because many cases read more

BE FAST and Recognize the Signs of Stroke

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. That means a good chance exists that you can help someone during your lifetime, so it’s smart to know what to look for and what to do. Why is being ready so important? By learning to BE FAST, you can read more