Northwestern Medicine physicians, patients, survivors and caregivers participated in the 15th annual Lung Force Walk on Sunday benefiting the American Lung Association (ALA). Roughly 60 team members across the hospital system joined together to help raise, and surpass, the goal of over $5,000 to help in the fight against lung cancer and other lung diseases.
So, you’ve decided to give up coffee but you don’t want your forehead hitting the keyboard around 10 a.m. Anna Balabanova, MD, a family medicine resident at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, has some tips on how you can keep your energy level up when your morning cappuccino is out:
At 78 years old, one of Jim Motsch’s favorite activities is to play baseball with his grandson. When he started experiencing issues with his balance, simple hobbies like playing catch became difficult and unsafe.
“I had a hard time with the day-to-day activities,” said Motsch. “Getting up after gardening was a challenge, and I couldn’t keep steady when I closed my eyes to wash my face in the morning.”
Thanks to physical therapy sessions at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Health and Fitness Center, Motsch is now back on the baseball field. And when he came close to a fall recently while playing baseball with his grandson at a local park, his time in physical therapy helped keep him stable.
By: Linnea Mason
Planning a wedding can be a rollercoaster of mixed emotions. Buying the perfect wedding dress, picking a venue and organizing the seating chart can be just a few of the tasks most soon-to-be brides encounter during the wedding planning process. For Elise Boni, who was 26 years old when she got engaged, being rushed to Northwestern Medicine’s emergency department was not on her to-do list.
“I was in the midst of wedding planning and in fact was about to send my deposit to the wedding venue when I suddenly caught pneumonia and was put on bed rest,” said Boni. “The next thing I remember I was waking up at the ICU with tubes and a ventilator hooked up to me.”
Boni, who lives in Chicago, was rushed to a local hospital after having a seizure the morning of December 4, 2015. After doing a CT scan and discovering that she was hemorrhaging in her brain, the medical staff at a local hospital quickly transferred her to the neurocritical care unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
By Kara Spak
Loretta and Roger Bovenkerk (seated) celebrated 60 years of marriage on August 25, 2016 at a lunch held for transcatheter valve replacement patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Joining them in the celebration were their daughters (from left) Jenny Piotrowski and Lornel Priebe, granddaughter Amanda Priebe and Dr. S. Chris Malaisrie, co-director of the Thoracic Aortic Surgery Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Roger Bovenkerk's physician. Granddaughter Amanda works with Dr. Malaisrie.
Roger and Loretta Bovenkerk had 61 reasons to celebrate on August 25, 2016.
First, it was their 60th wedding anniversary.
Second, it was the celebration of Roger’s lifesaving heart procedure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The Bovenkerks joined more than 50 other families whose lives had been changed by transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive valve replacement procedure that is an alternative for patients who may have trouble with open heart surgery.
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