Toast to the Past, Toast to the Future; Breast Care Center Celebrating Five Years of Service to the Community

Oak Lawn, Ill. – The Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care opened its doors in 2008 to provide expertise and personalized care in one single location. Now, the Center for Breast Care is inviting the community to toast five years of success in women’s health and look to the future.

The celebration is taking place Saturday, May 18, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at 4545 W. 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, Ill. The free event will feature health screenings, health education information, tours of the facility, and numerous raffles and giveaways. Women who bring a physician order for a mammogram can make an appointment on site and will be entered to win a Weber Grill! Plenty of other door prizes will be given away, including a bean-bag-toss set, BBQ grill stone pizza set and gift cards to Chi Tung restaurant.

Formation of a human pink ribbon, which is the international symbol for breast cancer awareness, and a dance flash-mob performance will highlight the morning’s entertainment. Meanwhile, experts will be manning informational booths on site to provide the community with information about Gilda’s Club, American Cancer Society, physical therapy, 3-D Tomosynthesis, nutrition, genetics and cancer survivorship.

The Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care is a facility designed for patient convenience in a modern, healing environment. The Center offers advanced capabilities, ranging from clinical breast exams to follow-up testing and appointments with specialists. The center’s team takes pride in upgrading technology to benefit patients. In just a few months, a 3-D tomosynthesis mammography machine, the latest breakthrough for breast cancer detection, will be installed. The instrument generates a 3-D image that gives physicians a clearer look at the different layers of breast tissue.

“The Center for Breast Care brings together services, expertise and personalized care in one location, shortening the time between detection of a lump and diagnosis and treatment and offering women every hope for a complete recovery,” said Barbara Krueger MD, breast surgeon and medical director of the breast cancer program at Christ Medical Center.

“We hope this celebration will be a fun event for the community and serve as a reminder for women to perform self-breast exams, be aware of any breast changes and check with their physician to find out when the appropriate time is for them to schedule a mammogram.” 

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About Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Christ Medical Center is part of Advocate Health Care, which is one of the nation’s leading health care networks. A not-for-profit, 694-bed, premier teaching institution with more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, Christ Medical Center is a leader in health care and one of the major referral hospitals in the Midwest in a number of specialties, including cardiovascular services, heart and kidney transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics and women’s health. The hospital also has one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in Illinois providing emergency care for more than 90,000 patient visits annually and is a leader in breakthrough technologies, including eICU® (electronic intensive care unit) monitoring, robotic da Vinci Surgery System® and CyberKnife® Radiosurgery.  In both 2012 and 2013, the medical center was named to the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals®, while U.S. News & World Report ranked the medical center among the nation’s leading providers for cardiology and heart surgery and for geriatric medicine and ranked it fourth overall among hospitals in the state of Illinois. The hospital is also recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet Center. Magnet status represents the highest honor in the nursing profession. To obtain more information or to visit our newsroom, log on to: www.advocatehealth.com/christ.