For Release: December 12, 2011

Save Money on Surgery in 2012:
Quad Citians Exercise Patient Power
to Choose Affordable Options

As the country enters its fifth year of financial stress, consumers are faced with ever-rising healthcare costs and few options.

(Davenport, IA) – Money is tight and few can afford to get sick. Unexpected medical costs can put an enormous strain on families as costs and insurance deductibles and premiums increase.

“We see Quad City families and patients with deductibles as high as $10,000. That means they are paying a substantial amount for their own treatment right out of their pocket,” says Michael Patterson, President and CEO of the Mississippi Valley Surgery Center located in Davenport. “Combine higher insurance deductibles with increased food, fuel and housing prices, and no one can afford to just call the doctor for procedures or surgeries without asking tough questions about cost or exploring more affordable treatment options.”

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For Release on November 15, 2011:

Get Better Faster:
Your Health Is In Your Hands

New Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments Can Restore
Function and Strength While Relieving Pain.

(Davenport, IA) –Twisting a jar becomes painful. It hurts to button a shirt.

The onset of arthritis can be frightening. The prospect of swollen, painful knuckles and eventually disfigured fingers can be worrisome when sufferers begin to experience limits in daily life.

For people who are just beginning to feel the effects of arthritis, though, losing useful hands is no longer inevitable. New surgical interventions offer hope for arthritis sufferers – hope that their hands will not lose the mobility and strength to function.

“There have been tremendous advancements in treating upper extremity and hand arthritis,” says Orthopaedic Surgeon, Thomas VonGillern, M.D., Orthopaedic & Rheumatology Assoc., P.C., Moline, IL. “New technology, surgical techniques and procedures give new hope to maintain a quality of life, even after the onset of arthritis.”

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For Release on November 15, 2011:

Joy, Giving and Friendships
Key to Beating the Holiday Blues 

Families and Friends of Senior Star Residents Will Celebrate the Holidays
at the Annual Holiday Public Open House on December 8th from 5-7pm.

(Davenport, IA) – For seniors, the holidays can be a time of mixed blessings: while the hustle and bustle of the season can bring back joyful memories of Christmases past, these memories can also be a source of depression if loved ones are not close by.

At Senior Star at Elmore Place, Davenport, the holidays are filled with the sounds of children’s laughter and song, tree decorating and eggnog by the fireplace, crafting projects like gingerbread house making, and community opportunities to see a holiday show or volunteer for others.

“The holidays here are unique and special,” says Executive Director Cathy Hughes. “Our holiday weeks are jam packed with opportunities for residents to make new friends, connect with children, create something beautiful, or enjoy an outing to see a good holiday show, concert or lights tour.

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For Release on October 31, 2011:

Alzheimer’s Experts Recognized As
Two Women Who Are Changing The World 

Dr. Maria Carrillo and Dr. Heather Snyder from the
American Alzheimer’s Association Provide the Keynote Address
at the Women Changing the World Event hosted by the Women’s Connection. 

(Davenport, IA) – Two women who oversee medical and scientific relations for the American Alzheimer’s Association were recognized as women who were “changing the world” by the Women’s Connection – a 700-member Quad City-based organization.  At a special luncheon held at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, IA, over 200 members of the women’s organization attended to receive a complete briefing on the state of researching, understanding and treating Alzheimer’s-related dementia.

The event was underwritten by Senior Star at Elmore Place.  Senior Star has had a long-standing relationship with the American Alzheimer’s Association and has numerous corporate officers serving in local, regional and national leadership positions with the organization.

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For Immediate Release

Takin’ It To The Streets

To Mark the Return of the Slurpee to the Quad Cities, 7-Eleven Has Sent the Slurpee Van to Visit Area Attractions and Events

(Moline, IL) – Remember the Slurpee(TM) – that 1970’s mainstay of convenience store refreshment?  Slurpee’s could be found in any of the 30+ 7-Eleven stores in the Quad City area until the company left the market nearly two decades ago.

With the recent acquisition of the Mother Hubbard stores in the area, 7-Eleven is back.  And so is the Slurpee.

To celebrate, 7-Eleven has sent the Slurpee Van to the Quad Cities to visit haunted houses, ride in parades and make special store appearances through the month of October.

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For Release on: October 17, 2011

Family Health Matters:
Heartburn’s Red Flags

Dr. Sreenivas Chintalapani of Davenport’s Gastrointestinal Clinic of the Quad Cities explains how persistent heartburn may be a sign of something more serious than a bad case of acid reflux.

(Davenport, IA) – Chronic heartburn isn’t just about you overeating. The acid reflux may eat away at you, specifically your esophagus.

“Occasional heartburn shouldn’t be much of a worry. But if it’s persistent, involves after-exercise pain or if you’re having unplanned weight loss, it’s time to see a physician,” says Dr. Sreenivas Chintalapani, a fellowship-trained gastroenterologist at the Gastrointestinal Clinic of the Quad Cities.

If you have persistent heartburn and you are a white male smoker over age 50 who is losing weight, you’re flying most of the red flags for serious GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease). If heartburn is affecting your sleep or your enjoyment of food, doctors are standing by to help you out – and you probably need them.

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For Release on October 17, 2011:

Remembering our Veterans:
Honor Flight Brings WW-II Sailor Full Circle

Quad City World War II Veteran to See Washington, DC for the First Time.

(Davenport, IA) – Sixty-five years ago, World War II ended on what became known as V-J Day, or Victory over Japan Day.

For lifetime Quad Citian and Navy veteran Tom Jones, 86, these past six and a half decades after the war brought what he describes as the perfect marriage, six children and “a lucky and very good life.”

Humble words for what many have described as the Greatest Generation. As President Roosevelt expressed in 1936, “To some generations, much is given; to other generations, much is asked; but to this generation of Americans, our World War II generation, they have a rendezvous with destiny.”

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For Release on September 12, 2011:

QC-Area Women Stand Up to Alzheimer’s

October Event Features Leading Alzheimer’s Researcher, Dr. Maria Carrillo.

(Davenport, IA) – Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s disease epidemic: 3.3 million American women have the disease while another 6.7 million women provide care for either a friend or loved one. By mid-century the Alzheimer’s Association estimates a total 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s  — a tsunami affecting women and those they love.

In October, the Quad Cities’ Women’s Connection (WC) organization’s “2011 Women Changing the World” event spotlights Dr. Maria Carrillo of the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Carrillo has devoted her career to creating a world free of Alzheimer’s. She is the Senior Director of Medical and Scientific Relations for the Chicago-based Alzheimer’s Association, and, in her role, is leading worldwide research initiatives to find new treatments to stop, slow and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

The event is sponsored by Senior Star at Elmore Place, a Davenport senior living community that includes one of the area’s largest memory care communities. As strong supporters of the national Alzheimer’s Association, Senior Star leadership invited Dr. Maria Carrillo to the Quad Cities for this event.

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For Release: September 12, 2011

Get Better Faster:
Tiny Surgical Implant Restores Hearing
for Some QC Patients

Davenport-based Dr. Douglas Dvorak explains how an implant the size of a grain of sand can reverse a disease that often leads to total deafness.

(Davenport, IA) – At 42, Bettendorf resident Michele Coplea was slowly losing her hearing, and as a medical transcriptionist who wears earphones for hours every day, her hearing loss was beginning to limit her life.  “I had no idea how bad my hearing was,” she recalls. “I never really noticed over the years – until just last year when I began to notice sounds were more muffled.

“I kept thinking something was wrong with my headphones,” says Michele. But it wasn’t the headphones. So she explored other possibilities, including ones that might explain her dizziness. “I thought it was allergies, but those were ruled out, too. I just had no idea I was losing my hearing.”

Michele turned to the hearing experts at ENT Professional Services, Davenport, and specifically ear surgeon Dr. Douglas Dvorak.  “When we tested her hearing,” says Dr. Dvorak, “we found her hearing levels were significantly below normal, in fact, she had a maximal hearing loss that a person can have in the absence of nerve damage in the inner ear.”

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For Release on August 10, 2011

New Varicose Vein Treatment Offers Hope

Radio frequency ablation treatment offered by the Iowa Vein Clinic
provides a nearly pain-free solution for those dealing with varicose veins

(Davenport, IA) – It’s hard to beat gravity.

Approaching middle age, many women who spend careers on their feet dread the onset of varicose veins. Not only are they are unsightly and painful, but traditional treatments could also be as painful as the vein condition itself  – leading to unnecessary suffering.

And men aren’t immune to the condition either. “Men also suffer from varicose veins, particularly those who spend time on their feet or who have a genetic predisposition to the problem,” explains fellowship-trained Vascular and Thoracic Surgeon Richard Sadler, M.D., Chest and Vascular Surgery, & the Iowa Vein Clinic, Davenport. “However men are even less likely to seek treatment.

“While varicose veins afflict both sexes, typically making them miserable in mid-life, there have been tremendous advancements in treatments that really minimize the pain,” Dr. Sadler explains. “There is no reason people should avoid treatment because they fear the old-style, incredibly painful treatments of vein stripping.

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