Updated: September 29, 2013 6:10AM
CRYSTAL LAKE — Centegra Health System continues to advance the way patients receive cancer care by integrating cancer rehabilitation services and becoming STAR Program certified.
“STAR Program certification uniquely qualifies facilities to offer premium services to survivors who suffer from debilitating side effects caused by cancer treatments,” according to a statement Monday from Centegra. The company includes hospitals in Woodstock and McHenry, and is about to start building one in Huntley.
To receive its certification, the statement said, Centegra Health System executed Oncology Rehab Partners’ STAR Program, successfully implementing its evaluation and treatment protocols and rehabilitation training. These services will be offered to patients by a medical staff that is specially trained to work with survivors of all forms of cancer.
Specialty caregivers from a pool of disciplines including physicians, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dieticians, mental health professionals, and nurses will work together with each patient on a personalized rehabilitation plan to increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, and improve daily function and quality of life.
Visit Centegra.org/star or call the STAR Program coordinator at 815-759-4870.