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Good Shepherd partners with Senator Pam Althoff, women legislators to offer free cardiac screenings

Barrington, IL (February 11, 2009) -

CONTACT:  Mike Deering
Director, Communications
1.847.569.7373 (pager)

In recognition of Women's Heart Disease Awareness Month, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, in partnership with the Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) and Senator Pam Althoff (R-32nd) will offer free cardiac screenings for women at two separate locations during Valentine's Day week. 

"When Senator Althoff approached us with the idea for the screenings, we didn't hesitate. We then asked some of our sister hospitals in other regions of the Chicagoland area to join us with COWL in order to extend the effort's reach," said Julie Mayer, director of community and government relations for Good Shepherd.

COWL is again working with the American Heart Association and the Illinois Department of Public Health to observe Go Red for Women Day in Illinois, and Advocate's clinical role supports the group's broader efforts.

If you have two of the following risk factors, you're a prime candidate to participate in the cardiac risk assessment screenings:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Limited/infrequent physical activity
  • Overweight/obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Over 45 years of age
  • Smoker  

Please note: these are non-fasting screenings; fasting is not necessary.

Screening dates:
Tuesday, February 10th Good Shepherd Health & Fitness Center
1301 S. Barrington Rd., Barrington, IL
5-8 pm (Registration code: 3C63)

Saturday, February 14th Good Shepherd's Crystal Lake Outpatient & Immediate Care Center
525 Congress Pkwy., Crystal Lake, IL
9am to 12 pm (Registration code: 3C63)

In addition to Good Shepherd's events, Advocate is offering the screenings at three additional hospital sites, in an effort to spread awareness and help identify cardiac risk in women.

The following Advocate hospitals will provide free cardiac screenings to women over the age of 45:

  • Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington
  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove
  • Advocate South Suburban Hospital, Hazel Crest
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital, Chicago

To register for one of these screenings, or to find out more about additional screenings and classes at other Advocate sites, please call 1-800-3-ADVOCATE (1-800-323-8622). Be sure to mention the registration code.

About Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital's Cardiac Care Center

The Wayne and Patricia Kocourek Family Cardiac Care Center at Good Shepherd provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art, advanced cardiac services, including diagnostics, electrophysiology, interventional catheterization and open-heart surgery.

Last year, it was named #1 in the State of Illinois for cardiac surgery and clinical quality by HealthGrades, the nation's leading hospital healthcare ratings organization.  HealthGrades also recently named Good Shepherd #1 for 2009 in the State of Illinois for overall cardiac care and its comprehensive cardiology program

Good Shepherd's cardiac program is just one of 12 in the State of Illinois to be identified by Blue Cross/Blue Shield as being a "Center of Distinction for Cardiac Care."

Good Shepherd is part of Advocate Health Care, the largest integrated health care system in Illinois, and one of the top ten in the United States.  A faith-based, not-for-profit system, Advocate last year provided more than $344 million in charity care and community benefits to the Chicago area and surrounding communities.  For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital:


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