Loyola Center for Health at Hickory Hills offering extended weekday hours, Saturday appointments for convenience of working, busy parents
MAYWOOD, Ill. - Now is the ideal time for children and teens to get their state-required sports and school physicals, says a Loyola University Health System physician.
"You really shouldn't wait until the last minute. If your child has a medical problem, you will need to allow enough time for it to be treated before school begins," said Dr. Josephine Dlugopolski-Gach, co-medical director of the Loyola Center for Health at Hickory Hills. "Also, if you take care of your child's physical now, you won't get caught up in the late-summer rush when many physicians and doctor's offices will be overbooked."
To better accommodate parents, the Loyola Center for Health at Hickory Hills, 9608 Roberts Road, has begun offering back-to-school physicals through late August. As an added convenience, the center will feature extended weekday hours and Saturday appointments for physicals. Clinic hours will be expanded over time to accommodate patient demand. Current hours are:
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Evening hours available until 7 p.m. on Mondays
- 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on designated Saturdays
"We wanted to offer parents a little more convenience, especially for the working parents and busy parents that have children involved in activities that take place earlier in the day," said Dlugopolski-Gach, who is also assistant professor of medicine, general internal medicine and pediatrics, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Loyola pediatricians and internal medicine physicians will administer comprehensive examinations, which include:
- Height, weight and BMI assessment
- Blood pressure and heart rate
- Exam of eyes, ears, nose and mouth
- Skin exam
- Heart, lungs and abdomen
- Hernias (for boys who plan to play sports)
- Fine-motor development
- Gross-motor development
- Spinal alignment for signs of scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
- Immunization record
Loyola physicians will review your child's immunization record and will provide assistance with completing any school-required paperwork.
If a health issue is uncovered, parents and their children will have immediate access to the full-range of pediatric specialists and the latest in medical and technological advancements, research and clinical trials offered at Loyola, Dlugopolski said.
If you would like to make an appointment for physical for your child at the Hickory Hills office, please call (708) 233-5333 or need assistance to find an appropriate physician, please call (888) LUHS-888.