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As Homer Glen becomes one of the most desirable residential areas in the Chicago area, it is attracting more business and services to its gravitational pull. Perhaps one of the most important such services is that of healthcare, and the Homer Glen area is blessed with great hospitals and services in the Village and the surrounding area. One of the newest is the Loyola Center for Health, celebrating its third anniversary of top-quality care for Homer Glen residents.

The center can be found at 15750 Marian Drive, just off 159th Street, west of Bell Road. There, patients will find a comprehensive line of services delivered in a neighborly manner and backed by the impressive Loyola University Health System (LUHS). The facility, which opened in October of 2005, was a welcome addition to the Homer Glen area, selected by Loyola because of its growing population and the accompanying need for more and better health services. While the area does enjoy the presence of several hospitals in the area, Loyola wanted to locate within the community, providing an even greater amount of convenience for the residents.

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One of the most important new services is the center’s immediate care center, the first in the area. This walk-in clinic offers convenient services and is open from 4 to 10 p.m. daily, as well as from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. In fact, the only time the care center is closed is Christmas Day, so patients with urgent problems or injuries can receive treatment in a timely manner, without resorting to the inconvenience (and expense) of a hospital emergency room.

According to Bill Seliga, the center’s director, the facility was needed and welcomed by area residents, including neighboring Orland Park. “We are affiliated with Loyola University Medical Center, which makes us distinctly unique. We have access to a full array of specialists and sub-specialists, as well as the latest state-of-the-art technology at Loyola. This is coupled with the fact that ours is a teaching hospital, so we utilize the newest, state-of-the-art equipment and techniques.”

He adds that Loyola is known for its groundbreaking research in the treatment of organ transplantation, neurological disorders, cardiology and cancer treatment. These areas are treated at the new center as well, providing important services close to home. The center has also recently added gastroenterology and a pain clinic to its impressive roster of services.

Physically impressive as well, the new 40,000-square-foot facility is divided into quarters, with each section maintaining specific disciplines. The eastern wing of the first floor houses hematology, oncology and chemotherapy, while the rear is home to internal and family medicine. Adjacent to those are the laboratory and radiology areas. Over in the western section of the first floor are the physical, occupational and speech therapy departments. On the second floor, along with the immediate care center, patients will find clinics for gastroenterology, endoscopy and pain management. Also on the second floor, in the west section, are the diagnostic testing areas, as well as other specialties, including the offices of the plastic surgery and cardiology departments.

Although some minor procedures might be handled on-site, surgeries are usually referred to the Loyola Maywood campus. Still, the Homer Glen facility is impressive in its scope. With its on-site laboratory and centers for physical and occupational therapy, the center offers a full range of outpatient services. Along with general radiology, diagnostics such as echocardiograms, ultrasound and anticoagulation monitoring are available, as are chemotherapy and primary care services.

As a whole, the new facility has proven a huge success in the Homer Glen area, with its comprehensive outpatient services overseen by 35 doctors. In addition, more than 30 area residents are employed by the center, making it a strong employer and further integrating it with the community.

As Seliga puts it, “The response has been tremendous, both to the facility and to our services. The growth in population base includes young families as well as senior citizens. For example, many of the residents of Marian Village use our services. Loyola University Medical Center is very pleased to be able to serve the residents of Homer Glen and surrounding communities.

New Happenings at the Silver Cross Professional Building and Health Center

New additions to the healthcare community of Homer Glen are on the horizon. In the summer of 2008, the award-winning Silver Cross Hospital network established the state-of-the-art Professional Building and Health Center in Homer Glen to accommodate the growing service area in and around the community.

Silver Cross Professional Building

The modern, 30,000-square-foot facility currently offers digital X-ray, CT, MRI, laboratory and EKG services, and also houses an assortment of private medical practices, including primary care, pediatrics, podiatry, rheumatology, a general/colon-rectal clinic and a spine surgeon. "Our goal is to provide as many healthcare services in the community in a one-stop shop environment," explains Theresa Quinn, Director of Ambulatory Care. "Most patients walk in, have minimal to no wait times and experience a very high level of satisfaction. There is also a seamless connection to the hospital via our electronic medical record system."

This summer, Silver Cross expects to open a 24/7 freestanding emergency center on the Homer Glen campus. According to Quinn, there are only four communities in the state that have the potential to offer these services. "Currently, more than 1,000 Homer Glen residents seek care at Silver Cross Hospital’s Emergency Department on an annual basis," she says. "Offering these services within the community provides a convenient, uncomplicated alternative to patients."

For more information on the Silver Cross Professional Building and Health Center, visit Silver Cross Hospital’s Web site, www.silvercross.org

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