Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org
Bolingbrook – Diabetes, congestive heart failure and hypertension are increasing at an alarming rate locally and across the globe – so much that these chronic diseases have been dubbed an epidemic by the World Health Organization and other experts. But such conditions can be managed with self-care routines and ongoing medical care. A new multi-specialty outpatient center at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital aims to empower chronic disease patients to manage their diseases, thereby improving their quality of life.
The Creation Health Center for Chronic Disease Management celebrated its grand opening in April at 420 Remington Boulevard, the former site of a medical office building. The building pre-dates Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital and housed a rehabilitation program and pain center. Those programs will continue alongside new services, including infusion management, diabetic teaching services, and weight management education. Future offerings include clinics for congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
But perhaps the most important resource offered at the Creation Health Center is education, said Rick Mace, chief executive officer of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.
“Our staff is trained to help patients and families make better choices to avoid chronic diseases, as well as address how to make better choices to deal with a chronic disease once it has been diagnosed or identified,” Mace said. “Engaging patients in their healthcare helps them take control of their health when they return home.”
In addition to serving as an intervention for someone experiencing health problems, the Creation Health center also promotes preventive medicine. The Biblically-based Creation Health principles include eight concepts:
1) Choice: Good lifestyle choices are the first step toward good health.
2) Rest: Rest includes both a good night's sleep and taking time to practice regular relaxation techniques, which can lower blood pressure, change one's mood and reduce stress.
3) Environment: Spiritual peace and physical healing are affected by our surroundings.
4) Activity: Play and exercise are a gift from God.
5) Trust: An experience of transcendence gives life a purpose and directly affects overall health and wellbeing.
6) Interpersonal relationships: One heart touching another in intimacy is a powerful curative in the human experience.
7) Outlook: A hopeful, positive outlook influences our worldview and every relationship.
8) Nutrition: A balanced diet produces optimal energy and overall health.
For more information on the Creation Health Center for Chronic Disease Management, call 630-312-2266.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.