Chicago, IL Health

Suffering from terminal cancer, Itasca firefighter gets special escort as he heads to hospice care

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A warrior – that is what firefighters in suburban Itasca call their colleague, Frank Nunez.As CBS 2's Jermont Terry reported Tuesday night, the firefighter is facing terminal cancer. On Tuesday night, he got a special escort from the hospital – back home for hospice care.Itasca Fire Chief Jack Schneidwind arrived at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to bring his friend and dedicated firefighter home Tuesday. Nunez's fellow firefighters have been at Northwestern as he battled cancer for weeks – and they came out again with their chief to show love for a man who can't fight anymore.Nunez is not...
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Signs of COVID vs. Flu: Chicago's Top Doctor Says Only One Way to Know the Difference

With temperatures steadily cooling down and the beginning of flu season quickly approaching, health experts are anticipating a rise in cases of both the flu and COVID-19. While flu season has not "started in any kind of serious way" yet, according to Chicago's top doctor Allison Arwady, health experts are warning residents of the symptoms of both the flu and COVID-19 while encouraging vaccination for both.
Riverside Brookfield Landmark

NAMI plans to open Teen Living Room in Brookfield

For the past six years in the western suburbs, those 18 and older seeking the mental health counseling of a peer during times of anxiety and stress could drop in and talk to a trained specialist at one of the three Living Rooms staffed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Metro Suburban in LaGrange, Summit and Broadview.

Community Healthcare System to host Targeted Career Fairs

Community Hospital has immediate openings for registered nurses in the Emergency Department, Med Surg, Neuro ICU/IMCU and Telemetry. Additional positions are available for CT techs, surgery techs and respiratory therapists. The hospital is hosting a career fair from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Community Healthcare System Conference Center, 9201 Calumet Ave., Munster – just two blocks south of Community Hospital. For more information, call 219- 836-4568.
Riverside Brookfield Landmark

Delayed 2 years by pandemic, Lost Boy visits Riverside

A Lost Boy of Sudan finally found his way to Riverside on Sept. 23 when Salva Dut visited Hauser Junior High and Ames Elementary School to fulfil a commitment made in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. During the 2019-20 school year, 12 fifth-graders in teacher Catherine Dykes advanced learning...

Ophthalmology set to take the Windy City by storm

The American Academy of Ophthalmology will hold its annual meeting beginning Friday at McCormick Place in Chicago. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting is coming to Chicago, Illinois from September 30 to October 3, featuring Subspecialty Days and a virtual component. The event will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, billed as the largest convention center in North America and located on the shore of Lake Michigan.

No-questions-asked food pantry more than doubled participation during pandemic

The University of Chicago Medicine’s no-questions-asked, self-serve Feed1st pantry program more than doubled its distribution rates between March 2020 and November 2021 compared to the previous year, providing more than 42,000 pounds of food (a 124% increase) to patients, hospital visitors and staff during the pandemic. This contrasts with a comparable program that required ID or other restrictions, which saw a decline in participation during the same time.
Streetsblog Capitol Hill

Some good news about CTA for a change: Ridership has reached a new pandemic-era record

The CTA has been under a lot of heat lately, and rightly so. While service gaps caused by COVID-19 related staffing shortages are somewhat understandable, customers are fed up with unpredictable waits for buses and trains, and Transit Tracker arrival times that often have no basis in reality. That frustration was evident in the I’m Late protest in front of the transit agency’s headquarters on September 14, which drew about 60 demonstrators. Adding insult to injury, later that day CTA president Dorval Carter Jr. failed to show up for a City Council hearing on poor service, which further annoyed advocates and alderpersons.
Forest Park Review

Radical Botanical offers care for sick plants, classes for kids

The first thing one notices about the plant store that opened two months ago at 7607 Madison St. is the sheer size and variety of plants visible through the storefront window. “I literally get a crowd of people just taking a pause in front of my window and breathing,” said co-owner Carina Guerrero.

New book uses humor to help kids with a sick parent

SAN DIEGO – She calls herself a “survivor and a thriver”, and now a longtime Chicago News executive hopes to help families coping with illness do the same. Phyllis Schwartz’s new children’s book “When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!” was published this past Friday.
Daily Herald

Itasca firefighter with terminal cancer taken home to Crystal Lake in ambulance he staffed

Battling a rare cancer since 2019, Frank Nunez was given an escort Tuesday to his Crystal Lake home by the firefighters he worked with every day. He was taken home for hospice care following treatment for terminal cancer, transported in the same ambulance he staffed for four years, according to officials at the Itasca Fire Protection District where he worked.