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Presence Saint Joseph Hospital Auxiliary raises $250,000

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CAPTION: (l to r) Presence Saint Joseph Hospital Auxiliary President, Pat Winesburg, presents $242,489.29 donation to Rhonda Huber, VP, Foundation and Dr. Eugene McMahon, President and CEO. This represents the largest donation in recent years.

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Updated: March 1, 2013 6:12AM

Elgin: Gift totals some $250,000 for hospital

The Presence Saint Joseph Hospital Auxiliary presented a check to Eugene McMahon, MD, MBA, FCAP, Hospital President and CEO in the amount of $242,489.29 at its December meeting and projected its total 2012 gift to the hospital will reach well over $250,000. This is the largest annual gift by the Auxiliary in recent years.

According to Pat Winesburg, Auxiliary President, the Auxiliary raises thousands of dollars annually through the operation of a gift shop, BrewStirs coffee shop, as well as several community-wide fundraisers including a golf outing, fashion show and gala. “We are thrilled to help the hospital in this way. It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as the president of this wonderful organization and I thank the entire membership for all they do in our service to the hospital,” she said.

All funds raised during 2012 are designated to build two healing gardens on the hospital campus. Construction on the first garden will begin in April 2013.

Dr. McMahon announced, “As a tribute to her life and community service and leadership of more than 30 years, the hospital will dedicate the first healing garden to our beloved Sister June Does, who passed away last August.”

The Auxiliary has nearly 300 volunteer members. Annually, this group of volunteers donates more than 40,000 hours of time to the hospital. The Auxiliary celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012.

Rhonda Huber, Vice President of the Foundation noted, “Thanks to work of the Auxiliary and the support of many others, our patients and their families where have a place they can to and relax and get a breath of fresh air as we complete the healing gardens.”

St. Charles: Heart health event at extension office

Kane County Association for Home and Community Education will present Lessons for Learning on Heart Health for Women from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Feb. 4 at the Extension Office, 535 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles. There will be two speakers, Terri Burritt, RN, MS , “The Beat Goes On” and Alberta England, WomenHeart Champion, “Signs of Heart Attack in Women.” They will be short and informative so you can complete your education of your heart health. Guests are invited but call the Extension office 630-584-6166 for reservations as space is limited. There will be hand outs. Women are encouraged to attend to learn about heart health.

Elgin: Diabetes fair set Saturday at Sherman

In support of American Heart Month, Sherman Health is hosting the HEART of Diabetes Fair from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Sherman Hospital (1425 N. Randall Rd. in Elgin). This free event was created to help educate the community on heart health and the link between diabetes and heart disease.

The HEART of Diabetes Fair will offer free blood pressure and glucose screenings, raffles for free heart screenings and expert advice from Sherman Health’s heart specialists, including our experienced and knowledgeable physicians.

Cardiovascular Surgeon Dr. Vu Hoang and Internal Medicine Physician Dr. R. Mehta will give informative presentations on heart health during the fair. Dr. Hoang’s “Minimally Invasive Surgical Innovations” presentation will focus on the latest advances in surgical heart procedures. Dr. Mehta’s “Link Between Heart Disease and Diabetes” presentation will discuss the strong correlations between the two diseases and why people with diabetes have an increased risk for heart disease.

The HEART of Diabetes Fair will take place on the 4th floor of Sherman Hospital’s Medical Office Building. The first 100 attendees will receive a Sherman Heart Rate Monitor Watch and a free cholesterol screening. For more information, contact Sherman Health Community Wellness at 224-783-5450 or visit

East Dundee: Seminars on health set at Immanuel

Immanuel Lutheran Church is joining together with area physicians and health providers to offer the community a series of Health Seminars beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. The first seminar will focus on overall health and weight loss. “This time of year we often make resolutions to better our health and for that reason we’d like to offer the community education in what will work for them and support as they attempt to change their lifestyles. While gaining better health is the goal we often measure results by weight loss and added strength. To kick off better health we will also be offering a weight loss challenge,” Dr. Libby Wiese said.

Dr. Wiese and Dr. Jeremy Darnell from Planet Chiropractic will be presenting ways to live healthier and lose weight. They will be joined by Dr. Christine Mueller, M.D. a general practitioner and member of Immanuel as well as Kelly Hoyt with Aquatic Therapy & Wellness along with Eileen Hawkey student of Integrative Institute of Nutrition to discuss overall health and weight loss.

Topics that will be presented on Feb. 2, the first in a series of four health seminars, include information on how hormones play a role in our bodies and specifically weight loss, how you can exercise twelve minutes a day and be successful in raising your heart rate, practical nutrition plans and how to join the weight loss challenge.

Future seminars will focus on how nutrition, exercise and spiritual health all play a role in the overall health of our bodies. “Our good health is our greatest wealth. We need to renew our body’s strength to fight against the attack of toxins, germs, and disease that we are exposed to every day, ” said Eileen Hawkey. Upcoming dates for the other seminars are March 16, April 27 and May 11. All workshops are free and will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last about two hours. Call Planet Chiropractic to register at 847-836-5202 or Eileen Hawkey at 847-426-5877 to register for the first seminar on weight loss. Immanuel Lutheran of East Dundee is a member of the Missouri Synod and is located on the corner of Van Buren and Highway 72 in East Dundee.

Elgin: City parks to get shelter for lunches

The City of Elgin’s Parks and Recreation Department has received a $6,500 grant from the Kane County Fit for Kids program to assist with the construction of a shelter at Observatory Park. The shelter is being built so the park can become a site for the Elgin Youth Summer Lunch Program. The shelter construction project is being headed up by the Kiwanis Club of Elgin. Other partners of the construction project include the Housing Authority of Elgin and Lamp Incorporated. The shelter will be constructed by volunteers from the Kiwanis Club, under the supervision of employees from Lamp Incorporated.

Last summer the Elgin Youth Summer Lunch Program served over 18,000 lunches to children at ten sites. With the construction of the shelter at Observatory Park, an eleventh site will be added in 2013. It is estimated that an additional 2,000 lunches will be served as a result of this new shelter. The nutritious lunches served to the children are provided by the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Other partners in the summer lunch program include Bethesda Baptist Church, the Salvation Army, Elgin Community Church, Harvest Bible Chapel, Christ Community Church, Second Baptist Church and the Elgin Parks and Recreation Department, coordinator of the program.

The Kane County Fit For Kids Program is coordinating efforts to implement interventions that will bring about a reversal in childhood obesity within Kane County. The Elgin Parks and Recreation Department has received and implemented Fit For Kids grants the past three years, partnering with Kane County and others to make Elgin a healthier community.

Kane County: Friends for Seniors seeks volunteers

Many lonely, socially isolated seniors living in their own homes need positive social interaction, support and most importantly, friendship. A few hours once a week engaging in activities with a senior that give them pleasure and purpose can help with loneliness, isolation, depression and self esteem. Activities enjoyed include taking a walk, playing board or card games, going for a scenic drive, enjoying a meal together, sharing photos and the stories that go along with them, or simply enjoying a nice conversation that allows seniors to open up and express themselves freely. The Senior Companion Program is available in Kane, Kendall and McHenry counties. Call Jackie Smith, Senior Companion Program Coordinator, at 815-344-3555.

McHenry: ECHO heart screenings for teens

Centegra Health System offers echocardiogram (ECHO) heart screenings designed for teens ages 13 to 18. The screening is an ultrasound of the heart that can help detect heart defects and abnormalities, even when no symptoms are present. These screenings will take place at the Centegra Physician Care locations on the Centegra Wellness on the Move mobile health unit for $85 on the following dates in February:

4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Centegra Physician Care-Crystal Lake, 360 Station Drive

4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 at Centegra Hospital-McHenry, 4309 Medical Center Drive

4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18 at Centegra Physician Care-Huntley, 10350 Haligus Road

ECHO heart screening requirements include completion of a pre-screening questionnaire, parental or guardian consent and presence of a parent or guardian at the screening. All necessary forms can be found at Bring the pre-screening questionnaire to the appointment. Comfortable clothing should be worn for the screening. Dr. R. David Halstead, a pediatric cardiologist with Centegra Physician Care-McHenry, interprets the ECHO heart screenings. Studies will be read and results mailed to a parent within one week.

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