Thursday, June 5, 2008

Now is the Ideal Time for Annual Sports and School Physicals

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
  • Reflexes
  • 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.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.