Friday, May 10, 2013
On average, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital bills Medicare less than the U.S. average for treatments.
When a patient arrives at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington needing a major joint replacement, the hospital bills Medicare $44,897, according to a massive federal database of national health care costs the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services made public Wednesday. On average, Advocate Good Shepherd bills Medicare less than the U.S. average for treatments, according to a database compiled by New York Times, which is searchable by ZIP code or state. Data for Highland Park and Glenbrook Hospitals were not available. For the first time people can see in detail how much the vast majority of American hospitals charged for the top 100 most common procedures billed to Medicare. The database covers claims filed within fiscal …
Friday, April 5, 2013
New Medicare database shows how hospitals across serving the Chicago area — and the rest of the nation — compare for care. Wait times at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital are double the state average.
If you go to the emergency room at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, how long will it take before you see a health-care professional? The federal government says 66 minutes on average. That's worse than both the state and national average, according to a new database causing some hospital officials nationwide to cringe. The state average wait time is 33 minutes. Key measures of ER efficiency have been posted from hospitals taking part across the country, according to a report by Cheryl Clark, now senior quality editor for HealthLeaders Media. “With precious little fanfare, Uncle Sam...rolled out a big, fat database with seven measures comparing a service that many people — healthcare providers and patients alike — consider the most critical…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The trained dogs visit patients, staff and families to help brighten up an otherwise stressful day.
There is a lot happening in the Volunteer Department of Good Shepherd Hospital—and not all of the volunteers are the two-legged kind. Meet Ruby, one of the therapy dogs at the hospital. Each Monday, Ruby makes the rounds to see patients, families and staff to help them feel calm and loved. "I'm here usually once a week for treatment," said patient Jane Hiller. When asked if the dogs help her experience at the hospital, she answered, "Oh yeah, the time goes by really quickly." Ruby’s Handler, Betty Gallagher knew from the moment she got Ruby as a pet that she’d be perfect for this type of job. "She passed her testing and I decided to call the hospital and see if they needed anybody, and sure enough they were testing so we thought we'd …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Bronx Borscha was born on Jan. 2 at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.
Barrington’s first baby of 2013 has finally arrived. Welcome Bronx Borscha to the world. He was born at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital on Jan. 2 at 9:32 a.m. at 7 pounds 6 ounces and 20 inches long. Mom Kelley Borscha of Cary was in labor for two days before delivering her son Wednesday morning. Her husband said they didn’t expect to have the first baby of the year. “Especially being on Jan. 2, we figured that there would be one before us. We’re both very excited,” Sean Borscha said. Sean Borscha said his wife is “doing good, a little tired” and the baby is “doing great.”
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Registered Dietitian Bob Carrara offers suggestions on cutting back on unwanted calories and fat.
It’s no secret that many Americans tend to overindulge on Thanksgiving Day. The average adult will consume more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving, according to the Caloric Control Council.That’s more than twice the amount of calories and triple the amount of fat most of need in a 24-hour period. There are ways to enjoy a traditional meal without ruining your diet plans. Registered Dietitian Bob Carrara with Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Diabetes Care Center has some simple suggestions to trim the fat. Carrara says to stick with white meat turkey instead of dark, and when possible, swap out a healthier version of a traditional side dish. Some suggestions include making baked sweet potatoes instead of sweet …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Flu season typically begins in October and can run through May. Find out what you need to know to protect yourself and your family.
Flu season is here, so many Barrington-area health organizations are offering flu shots or the flu mist for those wanting to vaccinate. Good Shepherd Hospital is offering the shot for free for those who bring in a canned food item to one of the nearby Immediate Care Clinics this weekend. But, are you guaranteed to get the flu if you don’t get vaccinated against it? Of course not—but here’s why getting a flu vaccine just might be worth your while. Influenza, or the "flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms include muscle or body aches, headaches, cough, sore throat, fatigue, fever or chills, and vomiting and diarrhea (the latter two are more common in kids). The flu can also…
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Barrington United Way gala and auction will take place Oct. 13 on the grounds of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.
We’ve all see the beautiful painted horses that have been on display around town this summer. This weekend those works of art will be up for auction at the Barrington Area United Way’s gala and auction party. Sixteen artists painted 27 horses for the fundraising event. All of those horses are uniquely decorated with the artist's vision in mind. You can view them for yourself at the Barrington Area United Way’s website and vote for your favorite. This year a few Barrington High School students were involved in the project. “It was so nice to see some young people involved this year,” said Susan Morris of the Barrington Area United Way. “Alex Brubacher did one of our smaller horses. He blends the city with the country, and I think …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Barrington-area happenings the weekend of Sept. 21-23.
2nd Annual Barrington Honor Ride and Run Saturday, Sept. 22, 7:15 a.m., Cook and Main Streets, Barrington Participate in or watch the 30 mile bike ride, 5K and 10K runs taking place Sunday morning in Barrington. The proceeds from the event benefit Ride2Recovery, a program aiding wounded veterans. The opening ceremonies start at 7:15 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial at Cook and Main Streets. The presentation of the colors will start the event and the Rolling Thunder motorcycle group will lead riders and runners to start the races. Learn more at honorridebarrington.com 38th Annual Art in the Barn Saturday, Sept. 22- Sunday, Sept. 23 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Good Shepherd Hospital Bring the family to this annual event held at the grounds of …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Advocate Good Shepherd's juried art festival is scheduled for Sept. 22-23.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Thousands of people will gather at the grounds of Good Shepherd Hospital this weekend for the 38th annual Art in the Barn festival. The juried art festival sponsored by the Auxiliary of Good Shepherd Hospital will feature about 160 artists from all over the country specializing in a variety of mediums from fine artwork to jewelry making. “In February, they put a call out to artists. There are three judges, and they are critiqued based on how good their work is but also what medium they are in,” explained volunteer Pam Weinert. With 160 artists’ work on display, there is something for all art lovers to enjoy. “A lot of people buy Christmas presents. There are pricing categories for everyone. It’s not just really expensive stuff, there’s …
Friday, February 3, 2012
Karen Lambert told the BACC that health care needs to be more integrative and collaborative.
Improving health in the community needs to be a collaborative effort, said Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital President Karen Lambert at the Economic Summit, Jan. 31, held at Makray Memorial Golf Club and hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce. “The nation’s health care is unaffordable,” Lambert said. According to the Healthier Barrington Needs Survey 2011, many Barrington residents put off health care, even though they had insurance. Lambert said that many see health care as unaffordable, even among those with health insurance in Barrington. “One in five households put off health care because of costs. They have insurance but they can’t pay the deductible, so they are making decisions to put off health care,” she said. Health care…