Marianjoy Matters
                                                                                                                Winter 2006

Marianjoy Services,
Clinics and Programs:                 The NEW Marianjoy
•	  Acupuncture                       A Healing Sanctuary in the Western Suburbs
•	  Aquatic/Pool Therapy
                                      This is an exciting time for
•	  Balance & Vestibular
                                      Marianjoy Rehabilitation
•	  Biofeedback
                                      Hospital! This fall we opened
•	  Casting & Splinting (Pediatric)
                                      the doors to our replacement
•	  Continence Care
                                      hospital, and now we have
•	  Day Rehabilitation/
    Outpatient Care                   begun renovating the original
•	 Driver Rehabilitation              facility to transform it into a
•	 Golf Therapy
                                      state-of-the-art outpatient
                                      facility. There is much to
•	 Lymphedema
                                      celebrate as we look back on
•	 Occupational Therapy                                                 You may already be                Marianjoy Rehabilitation
                                      this year and forward to our
•	 Pain Treatment                                                       acquainted with Marianjoy         Hospital is a one-of-a-kind
                                      future as the premier compre-
•	 Pediatric Therapy                                                    and the exceptional work          facility with a soothing and
                                      hensive center for physical
•	 Physical Therapy                                                     we do. Maybe someone you          transforming environment
                                      medicine and rehabilitation.      know has been a patient in        that enables our clinicians to
•		 Post Concussive Institute
                                                                        our hospital or came here         provide the best rehabilitative
•	 Prosthetic & Orthotic Clinic
                                                                         for outpatient therapy. Or       medicine available today.
•	 Psychology &
                                                                           perhaps you have visited
    Neuropsychology                                                                                       Whether you’re an old friend
                                                                             the campus during the
•	 Speech & Language                                                                                      or just reading about
    Therapy                                                                    three-year construction
                                                                                                          Marianjoy for the first time,
•	 Swallowing & Voice                                                                                     we hope Marianjoy Matters
•	 Visual Retraining                                                            The new 170,000           will enlighten, inform and
•	 Wellness Services                                                              square foot hospital    help you get to know us just
                                                                                   project includes       a bit better. If you would
•	 Wheelchair Seating
    & Positioning                                                                   a new inpatient       prefer to discover Marianjoy
                                                                                    facility with 120     for yourself…call 1-800-462-
                                                                                   private rooms          2366 for a tour of the new
                                                                                   and an array           hospital.
                                                                                  of features that
                                                                                  enhances treatment
                                                                                  and therapy spaces
                                                                                 on each medical
                                                                                                                to Open
                                                                                 unit. Full of natural
                                                                                light, the new facility
                                                                                                               July 2007
                                                                                brings the beauty and
                                                                               serenity of the 60-
                                                                               acre campus inside.
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                        Marianjoy Grand Opening
                        Events Draw Dignitaries,
                        Friends and Neighbors
                        More than 800 guests were on hand to mark the grand
                        opening of the new Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital on
                        September 12. Shown here taking part in the ceremonial
                        ribbon cutting are (l-r): Marianjoy President and CEO
                             Kathleen Yosko; DuPage County State’s Attorney
                                Joseph Birkett; Wheaton Mayor C. James
                                    Carr; Congressman-Elect Peter Roskam;
                                     DuPage County Board Chairman Robert
                                      Schillerstrom; and State Representative
                                       Randall Hultgren.
                                         Overwhelming Community Response
                                        In addition to the formal ribbon-cutting
                                        event, Marianjoy hosted an open house
                                       and health fair in September for the entire
                                     community. The nearly 3,000 visitors got a
                                  sneak-peek at the new
                              hospital and enjoyed
                        an informative and
                        fun-filled afternoon.
                        clinicians offered
                        evaluations and
                        assessments for
                        stroke, falls and
                        balance, as well
                        as information on
                        safety and wellness,
                        Reiki demonstrations,
                        seated massages and blood pressure testing. The first
                        500 children received a free bicycle helmet fitted by a
                        Marianjoy physical therapist.
                            Labyrinth Open to All
                                 Officially opened to the public in October, the
                                    centerpiece of the renovated Marianjoy campus
                                     is a fully accessible labyrinth. International
                                       labyrinth expert Robert Ferré and his team of
                                        artisans spent a week at Marianjoy building
                                        this full-size replica of the labyrinth at
                                       Chartres Cathedral in France. The labyrinth,
                                       an ancient symbol from Christian medieval
                                     tradition used for centering reflection, self
                                   discovery and mindful movement, is now open
                                to the public during hospital visiting hours. If you
                           are interested in using the labyrinth for a group walk or
                        special event, please contact Marianjoy’s Spiritual Director
                        Patty Roberts at (630) 909-8460.
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The New Marianjoy Chapel
A Masterpiece of Nature, Light and Tradition
The chapel proved to be one of the               removed to make room for the new
most challenging feature for the                 building, was kiln dried and fashioned
planners and architects of the new               into the altar, tabernacle, ambo, and
Marianjoy Hospital as they strove to             other chapel elements. In recognition
balance an abiding respect for history           of Marianjoy’s Franciscan heritage, a
and tradition, an appreciation and               chalice and paten made of olive
reverence of nature, and Marianjoy’s             wood were acquired from
holistic approach to healing. All were           Assisi, Italy. In addition, the
skillfully captured in the stunning              altar, tabernacle, and ambo
new Marianjoy chapel. Dedicated by               include inlaid Italian
Bishop Joseph Imesch, the chapel                 Murano mosaic glass tile.
is one of many carefully planned                 The thoughtful design of
features to bring the light and beauty           the Marianjoy chapel has
of its surroundings inside the hospital.         resulted in a subtle
Sunlight filters in through 14 vertical          masterpiece which provides
stained glass windows and a dramatic             a peaceful respite for patients
stained glass cross behind the altar.            and visitors.                         Bishop Imesch
Wood, harvested from the few trees                                                     anointing the altar.

  New Outpatient Service                            Congressmen Hyde and Roskam
  Marianjoy has recently added several new
                                                    Tour Marianjoy
  outpatient therapy and physician clinic           Henry Hyde, retiring Illinois Congressman from the Sixth District, visited
  locations in the Chicagoland area.                Marianjoy this fall to tour the new facility and see the new Board Room dedicated
  Marianjoy Physician Dr. Dolly Devara has a        in his honor. Congressman Hyde has been a staunch supporter of Marianjoy
  new clinic at the Illinois Valley Community       throughout his years in office. Joining Congressman Hyde for the tour were several
  Hospital Center for Physical Rehabilitation       other friends of Marianjoy.
  and Aquatics in the Illinois Valley YMCA,
  310 Walnut Street, Peru. Dr. Devara special-      With Congressman Hyde
  izes in the treatment of spine and musculo-       (seated) are (l-r): Kathleen
  skeletal disorders. For an appointment, call      Yosko, Marianjoy President
  815-780-3130.                                     and CEO; Congressman-
  Earlier this year, Marianjoy acquired CRS         Elect Peter Roskam; Gwen
  Rehabilitation Specialists, providers of          Henry, DuPage County
  rehabilitation services in Westchester and        Treasurer and Treasurer
  Skokie, Illinois, and Munster, Indiana. CRS       of the Marianjoy Board of
  provides comprehensive outpatient and day         Directors; and Tom Kelly,
  treatment rehabilitation programs for adults      Chairman of the Marianjoy
  and children with neurological/orthopedic         Foundation Board of
  diagnoses. For more information about CRS         Directors.
  locations, call 888-795-5800.

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Come Join Us!
Marianjoy Community Wellness Program                                Marianjoy: training Future Leaders in
                                                                    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
join your friends and neighbors for a class or lec-
ture at Marianjoy! Starting in january, a new series
                         of classes, lectures, and
                         services will be offered to all
                         members of the community.
                         Classes include Seated Tai
                         Chi, Feldenkrais, Reiki, Liv-
                         ing with arthritis, non-drug
                         Solutions for Chronic Pain,
                         dealing with Grief and Loss,
                         Healthy Eating for the Entire
                         Family, and Caring for aging
                         Parents. For class details,
                         times and to register, check
                                                                   Since 1995, our resident physicians have gained valuable exposure
                         out the schedule included in
                                                                   to physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine by learning from
Marianjoy Matters, visit our Web site
                                                                   the nationally known teaching faculty at Marianjoy. Pictured above
( or call 630-909-7102.                          is the Marianjoy Resident Class of 2006-2007.

Advocates for Individuals With Disabilities
AbilityLinks and Marianjoy Launch
New Job Mentoring Program                                                                        Did You
Marianjoy is known for the role it             Program mentors are individuals with or
plays as an advocate for people with           without a disability who are willing to offer
disabilities. Founded in 2001 by Marianjoy,    support and guidance to those who are             High blood
AbilityLinks increases employment
opportunities for people with disabilities.
                                               aspiring to join, re-enter or improve their
                                               positions in the workforce. The program is
                                                                                                 pressure is the #1
AbilityLinks and Marianjoy recently            geared towards individuals with a disability      cause of stroke.
announced the launch of a new program          between the ages of 20 and 65.
initiative established to foster mentoring     AbilityLinks is a forward-thinking                Stroke is the
relationships between working professionals
(with or without a disability) and
                                               consortium of businesses, government
                                               agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
                                                                                                 leading cause
unemployed or underemployed persons            Their award-winning Web site,                     of serious, long-
with disabilities.
The AbilityLinks Mentoring Program has
                                     , connects job
                                               seekers with employers, free of charge.           term disability in
already paired six mentors, all successfully   Individuals interested in more information        the United States.
employed and many who have disabilities        about the AbilityLinks Mentoring Program
themselves, with individuals who are           should contact Ken Skord at 630-909-7440          Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control
                                                                                                 and Prevention and the Heart Disease and
looking for networking, advice and support.    or Janice Duvall at 630-909-7443, or              Stroke Statistics - 2005 Update, published
                                               e-mail                     by the American Heart Association.

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Driver Rehabilitation and Low-Vision Programs at Marianjoy
independence through Mobility
The ability to drive is often key to an individual’s independence and quality of life. Whether you are a senior citizen
experiencing vision changes, a person with a disability who needs to learn or relearn to drive, an individual with low vision,
or a teen with special needs, Marianjoy’s highly regarded driver Rehabilitation Program and certified driver rehabilitation
specialists can help get you on the road to independence.

For senior citizens and people with           while new drivers start with basic behind-   Marianjoy’s driver rehabilitation
disabilities (whether acquired later in       the-wheel training. Following a full         specialists are also advocates who can
life or present from birth), there are        driver’s evaluation, some individuals        accompany an individual during the
often many obstacles to obtaining or          are told not to drive under certain          Secretary of State’s road test. They will
renewing a driver’s license. Marianjoy’s      circumstances (such as at night), or         also work with local vendors if a vehicle
Driver Rehabilitation Program—the             are advised how to find alternative          needs adaptive equipment.
largest, most comprehensive program of
                                                                                           As a certified Illinois driving school,
its kind in the state of Illinois—provides
                                                                                           Marianjoy staff can coordinate services
driver evaluation and education geared             People 70 and older
                                                                                           with area high schools to provide
towards the special needs of such                  make up 9 percent of                    behind-the-wheel training for teens with
                                                 the population, yet they                  impairments in vision, cognition or
                                                                                           motor function.
Comprehensive Evaluation                          account for 13 percent
The first step toward independent
driving is a driver evaluation. An
                                                  of all traffic fatalities.
occupational therapist assesses vision,
perception, thinking, motor function and
                                                      Traffic Safety Facts 2000,
                                                       National Highway Traffic
                                                                                           Get on the Road to
reaction time. Then one of Marianjoy’s
certified driver rehabilitation specialists
                                                        Safety Administration
evaluates behind-the-wheel driving
skills in a variety of driving situations.    transportation options when it is clear          Take the first step toward
Based on these assessments, specific          that driving is no longer a safe option.           independent driving —
recommendations are made for each                                                               call Marianjoy’s Driver
individual.                                   Specialized Low Vision Program                    Rehabilitation Program
                                              Marianjoy’s Driver Rehabilitation                   at 1-800-462-2366.
Experienced drivers receive specialized
                                              Program is the only program in Illinois
training in the use of adaptive equipment,
                                              that includes a highly specialized low
                                              vision program, offered in partnership
                                              with the Deicke Center for Visual
                                              Rehabilitation in Wheaton. Marianjoy’s
                                              staff works with vision specialists to
                                              evaluate and train individuals who are
                                              not able to meet Illinois state driving
                                              requirements while using conventional
                                              corrective lenses.

Marianjoy’s Post Concussive Institute
                                                                                              Someone at
Concussions: More Common                                                                      Marianjoy You Should Know

than You think                                                                                Dr. Noel Rao
With winter upon us, bringing icy sidewalks and snow covered ski slopes, it’s                 Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital’s staff
important to remember that brain concussions can happen to anyone, not just NFL               and patients benefit greatly from the ex-
                                                                                              perience and leadership of dr. noel Rao,
players. The most common way a person receives a brain concussion is from a bump
                                                                                              Vice President of Medical affairs. dr. Rao
or jolt to the head due to a fall, sport- or work-related injury, or a vehicle accident. If
                                                                                              has been a vital part of the life-changing
you have incurred an injury to your head, you may experience immediate symptoms
                                                                                              work done at Marianjoy for more than 20
of dizziness, confusion, or loss of consciousness, all indications that you have a brain      years. a leading practitioner of physical
concussion.                                                                                   medicine and rehabilitation, dr. Rao has
The following information will help you to identify the symptoms of a brain                   directed Marianjoy’s clinical services and
concussion and offer advice on what action should be taken to avoid more serious              residency training efforts, and engaged
                                                                                              in ground-breaking research. dr. Rao is
                                                                                             a board-certified physiatrist specializing
                                                                                              in brain injury, neuromuscular disorders,
   Symptoms associated With                     What you Should do if you Experience          EMG, orthotics, urodynamics and equi-
   Brain Concussion                             a Brain Concussion                            librium testing.
   • Headaches                                  • Seek immediate assistance in the            in 2005, dr. Rao received the distin-
   • Fatigue and tiredness                        emergency room or a physician’s             guished Physician award from the indian
   • Forgetfulness and difficulty                                                             american Medical association of illinois,
     remembering things                         • Follow your physician’s advice on
                                                  when you can safely return to school.       and in 2001 he was named one of the
   • irritability and anxiousness                                                             area’s top doctors by Chicago Magazine.
                                                  work, sports or other activities
   • Dizziness and poor balance
                                                • Give yourself time for your brain to        dr. Rao is currently conducting research
   • difficulty concentrating                     heal — rest is very important in the
   • Feeling sad                                  healing process.                            in automatic postural responses in indi-
   • Vision changes such as double              • if symptoms of slurred speech,              viduals with peripheral neuropathy and
     vision or blurred vision                     seizures, headaches, vomiting,              ankle-foot orthoses with a grant from the
   • delayed mental speed in                      restlessness, decreased alertness,          national institute of Health. He is a guest
     processing information                       or unequal pupil sizes occur, go            examiner at the oral Board Examination
                                                  to the nearest emergency room
   • Poor self-esteem                             immediately. These may be signs             of the american
   • increased sensitivity to noise               that a more serious injury, such            Board of Physical
     and light                                    as blood clot on the brain, may have        Medicine and
   • difficulty falling or staying asleep         occurred.
   • neck and back pain                                                                       a member of the
                                                                                              editorial board
                                                                                              for The journal of
What to Do if Your Symptoms Do Not improve                                                    Head Trauma
If your symptoms are not improving, and you are finding that returning to everyday            Rehabilitation,
activities is difficult, you may require more extensive care, including a customized          and associate
rehabilitation program. Dr. Escobar and the clinical staff of Marianjoy’s Post                Professor at the
Concussive Institute can help. We offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech        department of
                                                                                              Physical Medicine
therapy, psychology, and case management—all designed to help you return to your
                                                                                              and Rehabilitation
daily functioning and recreational activities. Marianjoy’s Post Concussive Institute
                                                                                              at Rush Medical
offers a free telephone consult for individuals experiencing symptoms of a brain
concussion. For more information, please call (630) 909-6020 to learn more.

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Marianjoy Foundation:                Steve Neely Shares His Story
Every Miracle Begins With            “Life Isn’t Over, It’s Just Different”
the act of Giving
                                     Steve Neely is no stranger to hard work. He       therapist’s challenges. On the second day
now that Marianjoy’s new hospi-      had worked drilling water wells, as a part-       of working with his occupational therapist,
tal has opened, we have begun        time firefighter, and dreamt of becoming a        Steve was already dressing himself without
the renovation of the old hospital   paramedic. On July 16, 2006, Steve attended       help or the aid of any assistive devices. Steve
into a new, state-of-the-art,        orientation for the paramedic training course     remembers his therapist’s surprise at this ac-
comprehensive outpatient             he was about to begin. That evening, while        complishment. She said, “I have never seen
pavilion. the center, which will     riding home on his Harley, something darted       anybody in your condition dress themselves
                                     out in front of him. An eyewitness would later    on the second day!”
double our outpatient services
                                     say she thought it was a deer. An experi-
capacity, will house physician                                                         For Steve, the key to truly being independent
                                     enced motorcyclist, Steve avoided hitting the
and specialty clinics, treatment                                                       was to drive again. After four weeks at Mari-
                                     deer, but lost control of his motorcycle on the
rooms, a therapy pool, an                                                              anjoy, Steve was introduced to Marianjoy’s
                                     edge of the road.
expanded rehabilitation                                                                Driver Rehabilitation Program. “They got me
technology department, medical       The news at the hospital was not good. Steve      behind the wheel, and within no time I was
                                     had three broken vertebrae in his back and        driving again! When I told the therapists that
library with a reading room,
                                     two in his neck, a broken femur, several          I hoped to get my truck equipped so I could
and a conference center.             broken ribs, and a punctured lung. Several        drive with hand controls, it was suggested
We need your help to ensure          surgeries repaired some of the damage, but        I apply for financial assistance through a
                                     Steve’s family was informed that he was           program at Marianjoy.”
the work at Marianjoy continues
                                     paralyzed from the chest down and would
to meet the needs of our                                                               The Clara Pfaender Fund is an endowment
                                     never walk again.
community. Please visit                                                                fund that encourages ministries sponsored by or       Rather than being depressed, Steve was            Wheaton Franciscan Services, Inc. and the
call joe Skvara, Vice President,     resolute and determined. Almost immediately       Wheaton Franciscan Sisters. Steve received a
Marianjoy Foundation, at             he accepted what had happened and                   grant from the fund which has enabled him
                                     began thinking in terms of a life                       to equip his Ford F150 with the adaptive
(630) 909-7514.
                                     that was not going to end, just                          devices he needs. “We are very grateful
                                     change. “People ask me how I                              for this financial assistance. Equipping
                                     can have such a positive attitude                          his truck will give Steve real freedom
                                     after all I’ve been through, and I                        again,” said DeDe, Steve’s mom.
                                     tell them I don’t know any other
ScholarShip applicationS                                                                     Steve is grateful his family chose Mari-
                                     way to be. Something bad
                                                                                                anjoy. “I can’t say enough about the
now Being accepted                   happened to me, but that is
                                                                                                     therapy I received at Marian-
                                     life. So, my life is dif-
the Bruce a. Schurman Scholarship                                                                          joy,” said Steve. “Not only
                                     ferent now. That’s
                                                                                                               are they good at what
fund, named for a former president   all it is…different,”
                                                                                                                 they do, but they are
of Marianjoy, has to-date awarded    said Steve.
                                                                                                                  incredibly compas-
over $350,000 to students with       Shortly after arriv-                                                          sionate. I could just
permanent physical disabilities      ing at Marianjoy                                                               talk to them about
                                     for rehabilitation,                                                             any questions or
who are seeking to pursue their
                                     Steve was able                                                                   concerns I had.
educational goals. applications      to sit up on his                                                                  It’s clear the
are now being accepted for the       own, his trach                                                                     Marianjoy staff
2007 awards. Please contact          was removed,                                                                        enjoys what
                                     and he was                                                                          they do. I would
jim decker for more information
                                     eating on his                                                                        tell anybody to
at (630) 909-7402 or e-mail jim at   own. Steve was                                                                         come here.”               ready for his

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                                            Support the Work of Marianjoy
What Our        Expanded Physician’s Specialty
Patients Are    Clinics Will Anchor the
Saying About Us Renovated Outpatient Pavilion
“I cannot describe the wonderful care       The Marianjoy Foundation exceeded their new building capital campaign goal of $10
I received from everyone at Marianjoy.
                                            million and is now focused on supporting the renovation of Marianjoy’s original facility.
It was like my needs were anticipated
before I asked. Such professionalism,       “We are forever grateful to the many friends of Marianjoy who gave so generously
such care, quick responses and a happy
environment!”                               to make this vision of a healing sanctuary a reality,” said Joe Skvara, Vice President
                                            of the Marianjoy Foundation. “The new Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital sets bold
Henry, Carol Stream, IL
                                            standards for rehabilitative care and is destined to become a premier research and
“I think you have done a remarkable         teaching facility.”
job with my son…you helped to save
his life, and I will be forever grateful.                                                 Now Skvara says the Foundation is focused
I would recommend this hospital to                                                        on a new campaign to renovate the original
anyone.”                                                                                  hospital, increasing and augmenting the
Kenneth, Aurora, IL                                                                       home of Marianjoy’s outpatient programs and
                                                                                          physical therapy, and the physician specialty
“The key to any recovery is the delicate
                                                                                          clinics, such as the Post Concussive Institute
balance of medical prowess and patient
attitude. The staff at Marianjoy is                                                       and Speech-Language Pathology.
keenly adept at maintaining a positive
mental attitude among themselves, as                                                      “This new hospital, and the renovation of
well as their patients. These capable                                                     our outpatient facility, will allow Marianjoy
and dedicated individuals are the ‘secret                                                 to continue to serve people with disabilities
weapons’ that Marianjoy freely offers                                                     throughout the Chicagoland area,” said
to heal both the body and the human
spirit.”                                                                                  Marianjoy President and CEO, Kathleen Yosko.
Myra, Naperville, IL

About Marianjoy at Rest Haven West
in Downers Grove: “The staff was
incredible! From the therapy staff to the
nursing staff—they treated my uncle as
if he were their own family member.”
Maureen, Chicago, IL                        26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, Il 60187 • 1-800-462-2366 •

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 out the healing ministry of Jesus
                                              Kathleen C. Yosko                               Charmaine Mufich, Manager, Marketing
   by providing exceptional and               President and CEO, Marianjoy
                                                                                              Karen Tornberg, Public Relations Specialist
 compassionate healthcare service             Denise LeBloch, Vice President
                                                                                              Linda Herbst, Graphic Designer
                                              Marketing and Public Relations
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