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Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Staff Take Advantage of On-site Physical and Occupational Therapies

Chicago, Ill. – April 2, 2013 – For Melody Perpich, genetic counselor and coordinator of the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, sitting down with patients and talking about their cancer risk factors is a big part of her job.

But last year, her back pain made sitting nearly impossible. So painful, she often had to stand and stretch in the middle of patient consultations.

She went to a local physical therapy practice, but said she wasn't seeing any results. A coworker recommended the physical therapists in Advocate Illinois Masonic's Outpatient Rehabilitation Department.

“It was one of the best experiences, medically, that I’ve had,” says Perpich. “When I went in, I was rating my pain at a nine out of 10. They did a quick assessment, determined it was a disc issue and started treating me with back extensions—or bends—right away.”

Within three months, Perpich said she was doing great. Today, she’s back to her active lifestyle, running and working out with a personal trainer.

The medical center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Department treats a range of conditions, including back pain, arthritis, joint replacement, orthopedic conditions and sports injuries. Their board-certified specialists have extensive additional training in orthopedics, women’s health, lymphedema and vestibular/balance problems.

“We pride ourselves on providing one-on-one care and being with our patients every step of the way,” said John Tiu, supervisor of Outpatient Therapy. “We're committed to their goals, even if those goals seem unattainable to them at first.”

After a fall, Ethel Woods, who works in Sterile Processing at the hospital, injured her arm so badly she could barely move it and thought she would never fully recover. She had to take four months off work, but as part of her recovery, she came back to Advocate Illinois Masonic three times a week for occupational therapy.

“There were days I just wanted to give up and I didn't think I was ever going to be able to use my arm in the ways I used to,” Woods said. “But they constantly encouraged me, and I’m glad they did. Otherwise I don’t think I would have been able to come this far. It was like I got a whole new arm.”

To learn more about Outpatient Rehabilitation at Advocate Illinois Masonic, please visit

About Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is a 408-bed hospital in Chicago with a Level I trauma center and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest designations awarded by the state of Illinois. It offers comprehensive inpatient services, including medical, surgical, obstetrics and pediatric care, as well as a full breadth of outpatient services. A recipient of numerous awards for quality and clinical excellence, Illinois Masonic was ranked one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), as well as named a recipient of the organization’s Everest Award for National Benchmarks in 2010 and 2013. The medical center has also been named a Leader in the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index for the past four years, as well as one of the Chicago region’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years. In 2012, the hospital achieved Magnet redesignation for excellence and quality in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program, which it originally achieved in 2008. Illinois Masonic is part of Advocate Health Care, a 2009 and 2010 Thomson Reuters Top 10 U.S. health care system for quality and clinical performance and the largest provider of health care services in Illinois. For more on Illinois Masonic,

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