DeKalb, Illinois – July 10, 2018 – In preparation for the opening of the Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Health & Wellness Center this fall, roadwork is now underway on Bethany Road and will continue over three months. Plans include the addition of a four-way traffic signal at the intersection of Bethany Road and Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital’s private northwest loop near the entrance to the wellness center. Periodic lane closures will be necessary during this project.

 

The traffic signal will be interconnected with the existing light at Greenwood Acres Drive to better regulate traffic. Bethany Road will be widened to the east and west of the intersection to accommodate the addition of eastbound and westbound dedicated left-turn lanes. A new right-in/right-out driveway will be built for Kishwaukee YMCA’s access to its west parking lot from the private northwest loop. This project includes $1.5 million in improvements to benefit traffic flow near the much-anticipated wellness center.

 

Unrelated to the Kishwaukee Health & Wellness Center opening, ongoing utility work and road resurfacing on Bethany and Sycamore roads continue.

 

The 111,000-square-foot wellness center located at 626 East Bethany Road in DeKalb will house modern cardio and strength equipment, an indoor walking track, a gymnasium, full-service locker rooms with spas, saunas and steam rooms, a 25-yard lap pool, a warm water therapy pool, and a kids’ zone for children 6 months to 11 years old.

 

Memberships for the Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Health & Wellness Center are available now at a sales office opening in Windmill Plaza, located at 2731 Sycamore Road, between the Northwestern Medicine Hospice office and Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital. The membership sales office will be open Monday through Thursday, from 9 am to 8 pm, Fridays from 9 am to 7pm, Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm, and Sundays from noon to 6 pm.

 

For more information about the Kishwaukee Health & Wellness Center and to watch a virtual tour video, visit www.nmkishhwc.com. For more information about memberships, contact Fitness Center Director Joe Molter at jmolter@nmkishhwc.com. To learn more about Northwestern Medicine, visit nm.org.

 

Thank you,

 

Tammy

 

Tamara M. Farrell
Marketing Specialist, Internal Communications and Media Relations
Marketing, Communications and Media Relations

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

1 Kish Hospital Drive, Suite 106
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
815.756.1521 x 153732 office

815.748.8992 fax

 

27W353 Jewell Road
Winfield, Illinois 60190
630.938.8179 office

 

815.517.3700 cell
tamara.farrell@nm.org
nm.org

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: Northern Rehab Hosts Free Concussion Update Presentation

DEKALB – Northern Rehab Physical Therapy Specialists will be hosting a FREE Concussion Update Presentation on Thursday, July 19 at 6:00 pm at Northern Rehab’s Main office located at 3266 Sycamore Road in DeKalb.

This presentation will be led by Northern Rehab’s Physical Therapist, Liza Piper, and ImPACT trained Physical Therapist, Kristin Christian, with special guest NIU Assistant Professor, Matt Wilson, Ph.D., from the School of Allied Health Communicative Disorders. Topics include the newest information and treatment for concussions with a focus (but not limited to) sports related concussions, concussion symptoms and recovery, ImPACT concussion assessment testing, and a Q&A time. Attendees will receive a free goodie bag and light refreshments will be provided. Athletes, parents, coaches, athletic directors, and the community are invited to attend this free presentation!

For additional information about this event, please call Liza Piper at 815.784.6417 or Kristin Christian at 815.756.2369. You may also find more information at www.northernrehabpt.com. We hope you will join us for this important event!

 

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | July 4, 2018

Stage Coach Players Presents ‘It Shoulda Been You’

The wildly funny musical farce, It Shoulda Been You, continues the 2018 season for Stage Coach Players of DeKalb.  The musical, with music from Barbara Anselmi and book and lyrics from Brian Hargrave, takes a humorous look at what happens at a wedding when the bride’s former boyfriend crashes the event and things begin to unravel to comic effect.

It Shoulda Been You is directed by Jan Kuntz (director of last season’s, Hairspray, among others) with music direction from Judy O’Connor who was musical director for last fall’s Mel Brooks musical, Young Frankenstein.  The cast features Hillary Taylor(Hairspray), Thomas McManamon (White Christmas), Sarah Scorzo (Curtains), Scotty Fleetwood (Young Frankenstein), Cortney Jo Newby (Mary Poppins), Janette Jacobs ($38,000 For A Friendly Face) Wendy Tritt (California Suite), Dan Hyde (Laughter on the 23rdFloor) and Stuart Vance (The Sound of Music).

Nick Bantz-Beaty, Merri Bork, Denny Boynton, Deb Brubaker, Gloria Dennison, Kevin Gum, Jeff Heider, Trevor McDonald, Nika Morton, Isaiah Panke and Julia Woodward round out the talented cast.  The cast and crew have been rehearsing and preparing dozens of costumes and props for the production for weeks, much like the wedding party prepares for that special day.

But the hard work is worth the long weeks according to Cortney Jo Newby who plays maid of honor Jenny.  “(It’s) both challenging and rewarding at the same time.  I get to share the stage with some of the most talented people I have worked with.”  One of them, Wendy Tritt, plays the groom’s mother Georgette.  “It Shoulda Been You has a strong message of love and acceptance.   It’s filled with humor and surprises.”  Director Jan Kuntz adds, “Our world is often callous and judgmental, and this musical shows acceptance, love and compassion for all people.  It is the same theme that was so very prevalent inHairspray.

Because It Shoulda Been You is not as well-known as musicals like The Little Mermaid or Mamma Mia!, there isn’t a built-in audience.  But always up for the challenge, Kuntz said, “I do believe we have created a show that has something for everyone:  a wedding, a sister who struggles to be perfect, another sister who feels that she is viewed as beautiful, and an obnoxious mother who cares for her family but truly learns how to love them.”

 

Prformances for It Shoulda Been You are July 13th to July 15th and July 20th to July 22nd with a curtain time of 7:30, along with Sunday matinees on July 16th and July 23rd with a curtain time of 2:00.  Tickets are $20 each or $18 for seniors and children age 13 and under.  They are available online to purchase at www.stagecoachers.com.  The Stage Coach box office opens Sunday, July 9th and the phone number is 815-758-1940.

 

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | July 3, 2018

Cooking Classes Offer Food and Friendship

DeKalb, Illinois – June 28, 2018 – Sycamore resident Bob Davis has attended 24 classes at the Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Leishman Center for Culinary Health, and he knows this because he keeps a journal of all the classes and topics that are covered. His wife was always his primary chef, but when she passed away, he started looking for a way to boost his kitchen abilities. Leishman Center classes fit the bill.

 

What keeps Davis coming back is the camaraderie — it’s the social connections that he appreciates most. He encourages other men to attend the classes as well.

 

“Men might think, ‘No, I don’t want to do a cooking class,’ but they really should consider it. It’s great,” said Davis.

 

Seniors looking to connect with other seniors can find a series of classes just for them: Seniors Connect and Cook. Classes are taught by Community Education Specialist Jo Cessna and Healthy Culinary Coordinator Rachel Koroscik. Diabetes Educator Peggy Marchini, RD, often participates with nutrition-specific offerings.

 

After his retirement from Northern Illinois University, Fred Menke from DeKalb started attending classes in the Leishman Center. Menke’s wife was still working, so he took over the cooking duties at home. Although he appreciates the healthy lifestyle he’s learning, Menke jokes that he continues to come to keep his friend, Davis, company.

 

Cessna’s key to teaching cooking is to swap out the word “recipe” for “blueprint,” letting the participant know it’s OK to not strictly adhere to a recipe.

 

“I feel that when people hear me use the word ‘blueprint’ instead of ‘recipe,’ it changes their thinking about cooking,” said Cessna. “It allows them to relax and enjoy the process more, knowing they can choose from a variety of options based on their food preferences.”

 

At a recent Seniors Connect and Cook class, Cessna offered blueprints for a three-course meal. She discussed using what’s available in the pantry instead of running to the store or scrapping an entire meal because of a missing ingredient. Cessna’s blueprints consist of three main components:

  • The main idea (fish, chicken or grains)
  • The support (liquid, healthy fat and seasoning)
  • Harmony to tie them together (something salty or something sweet)

Cessna says once her students understand this philosophy, they can swap ingredients in and out based on availability and personal taste.

 

After a short introduction, participants were invited into one of the four individual teaching kitchens to work on their blueprints. Cessna and Koroscik were available to guide participants on technique or to offer suggestions on ingredients. Once the cooking was done, participants joined together along the large kitchen island to share their creations. They dined together and talked about their experiences in the kitchen.

 

Sycamore resident Joyce Schirmer has been attending classes three to four times per month for the past year. She says when she was working, she cooked simply to provide a meal. When she retired and had more time, she wanted to increase her cooking knowledge. Schirmer says she has learned a lot about food and cooking, but she also looks forward to seeing the new friends she has made in the classes.

 

The Leishman Center for Culinary Health team coordinates and teaches a variety of natural, whole foods cooking classes designed to help students and patients of all ages and skill levels make simple changes for a healthier lifestyle.

 

“Our program goal is to help the community manage and prevent chronic illness, disease and obesity through a healthy diet,” said Koroscik. “Leishman Center instructors provide guidance and education from garden to kitchen, and provide hands-on opportunities to taste new foods and to learn how to prepare delicious, all-natural dishes.”

 

Classes offered at the center include disease-specific courses such as Eat to Beat: Diabetes and Eat to Beat: Pain and Inflammation; skill-focused classes such as Basic Knife Skills and Understanding Flavor; and exploratory courses such as Seasonal Side Dishes and Spring Greens. The Kids Can Cook classes are popular options for children ages 9 through 12.

 

Registration is required for most classes, which fill up quickly. For a listing of classes, visit nm.org and click on “Patients and Visitors.”

 

Thank you,

 

Tammy

 

Tamara M. Farrell
Marketing Specialist, Internal Communications and Media Relations
Marketing, Communications and Media Relations

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

1 Kish Hospital Drive, Suite 106
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
815.756.1521 x 153732 office

815.748.8992 fax

 

27W353 Jewell Road
Winfield, Illinois 60190
630.938.8179 office

 

815.517.3700 cell
tamara.farrell@nm.org
nm.org
 

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | June 23, 2018

Club 55 Sycamore Open House

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Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | June 19, 2018

Stage Coach Players: It Shoulda Been You

Stage Coach Players cordially requests your attendance at its second summer production this year, It Shoulda Been You.  The musical-comedy directed by Jan Kuntz with musical director Judy O’Connor is about a wedding which comically brings together two very different families.  It Shoulda Been You is an award-winning musical with music by Barbara Anselmi and book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove that had its premiere at the George Street Playhouse in 2011.   

The often charming and funny original musical It Shoulda Been You invites audiences to a wedding day not to be forgotten: an event where anything that can go wrong does and love is apt to pop up in unexpected places.  The bride, Rebecca Steinberg, is Jewish.  Her groom to be, Brian Howard, is Catholic.  Her mother is a force of nature while his mom is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. When the bride’s ex-boyfriend crashes the party, the perfect wedding day begins to come apart at the seams leaving the sister of the bride to patch the day up before it all goes south.

Filled with crazy twists, this laugh-riot ensemble cast and fast-paced show features standout songs, “Perfect,” “Back In The Day,” and “Love You Till The Day.”  To get an idea of the music, the original broadway cast recording can be heard via Spotify, or a sampling of the songs is available at the Music Theatre International website.

The original production of It Shoulda Been You was directed by David Hyde Pierce (Spamalot, Curtains) and starred Tyne Daly (Gypsy) as the bride’s mother, Judy.  The production and its cast were nominated for Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards in 2015, and the musical won the Broadway World UK award for favorite musical in 2017.

Performances for It Shoulda Been You are July 12th to July 14th and July 19th through July 21st with a curtain time of 7:30, along with Sunday matinees on July 15th and July 22nd with a curtain time of 2:00.  Tickets are $20 each or $18 for seniors and children age 13 and under.  To RSVP for the ceremony, please visit our online website at www.stagecoachers.com.  You can also call the Stage Coach box office which opens Sunday, July 8th.  The phone number is 815-758-1940.  Your presence at the celebration is enough of a present.

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | June 19, 2018

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Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | June 16, 2018

Midwest Museum of Natural History

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DeKalb, Illinois – June 11, 2018 – As part of a $2.2 million upgrade, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Cancer Center is launching the first of several phased construction projects, which will bring significant improvements to the facility for patients and staff members. The final phase of construction will be completed by early 2019.

Three new infusion bays, and main registration desk, with individual privacy bays, will enhance the patient experience. Construction includes a new nurses’ station, new exam area, Radiology-Oncology waiting room and shared physician office space. The in-house pharmacy will be completely upgraded, and new furniture, carpeting and flooring throughout the center will be renovated.

“A total of six exam rooms – three medical oncology rooms and three multi-specialty rooms – are being added,” said Robert A. Bayer, MD, medical director, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Cancer Center “The additional space, especially with the multi-specialty rooms, will enable more Northwestern Medicine specialists to hold consultations with patients to provide care, close to home.”

Additional renovations include the installation of a dedicated, state-of-the-art teleconferencing system which will allow physicians at the Cancer Center to more effectively and productively collaborate with leading experts within the Northwestern Medicine family.

“The teleconferencing upgrades will enhance our Tumor Board meetings, in which twenty to thirty physicians from different specialties meet regularly to review cancer cases and share knowledge,” said Dr. Bayer. “This collaborative approach provides our patients access to the highest levels of academic medicine, clinical trials and new approaches.”

The Kishwaukee Hospital Cancer Center opened in 2010 as a newly built replacement for the previous location in the Kishwaukee Professional Building, bringing radiation and oncology services together under one roof in an integrated, comprehensive center.

The Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Cancer Center is accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.

For more information about the cancer treatment at Northwestern Medicine, visit nm.org.

Thank you,

Tammy

Tamara M. Farrell
Marketing Specialist, Internal Communications and Media Relations
Marketing, Communications and Media Relations

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

1 Kish Hospital Drive, Suite 106
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
815.756.1521 x 153732 office

815.748.8992 fax

27W353 Jewell Road
Winfield, Illinois 60190
630.938.8179 office

815.517.3700 cell
tamara.farrell@nm.org
nm.org
 

 

 

Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | June 8, 2018

Northern Illinois Food Bank

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