STREATOR — OSF HealthCare Center for Health-Streator and OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa have completed more than 7,500 mammograms in the past 12 months and want to get that number up to 8,000 by the end of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

To remind women to get their mammograms and to shine a light on the communities' commitment to fight breast cancer, the exterior of both Saint Elizabeth and Center for Health will be bathed in pink spotlights throughout the month.

OSF wants every woman who is 40 and older to get a mammogram. Appointments may be made at Center for Health-Streator by calling 815-673-4517.


HOPEDALE — Hopedale Wellness Center, a part of Hopedale Medical Complex, will host its annual Spooktacular, a free family-friendly event, from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25.

The event will include the Spooky Sprint, a half-mile glow run, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and featuring a costume contest and treats. Pumpkin painting, balloon creations and snacks also will be a part of the Spooktacular.

Pink chair

BLOOMINGTON — Nine men are wearing pink this month, to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research and patient services, in the first McLean County Real Men Wear Pink Campaign with the American Cancer Society (ACS).

As part of the campaign, OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center and Advocate BroMenn Medical Center will each host an ACS Pink Chair to support two of the men, take photos and enjoy activities.

Dr. Omar Khokhar will host the chair in St. Joseph's Eastland Medical Plaza Atrium from noon to 1 p.m. Monday. Dr. James Nevin will host the chair at Advocate BroMenn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Dwight health

DWIGHT — Changes are coming to the two Dwight Healthcare Centers of Morris Hospital with the retirement of Dr. Michael Cichon, who has served as a general practitioner in Dwight for 36 years.

Cichon will retire Nov. 30. Dr. Jaynee Pendergast, Cichon's successor, began working with him Oct. 1 to ease the transition.

Morris Hospital is planning to consolidate its two Dwight offices to one location by early 2019. Dwight Healthcare Center, 101 S. Prairie Ave., temporarily closed beginning Oct. 11 and will remain closed for the rest of the year to allow for expansion and renovation.

While construction is underway, the staff will temporarily relocate to the 103 S. John St. office. When they move back to Prairie Avenue in early January, they will be joined by Pendergast and the John Street office will close.

A retirement reception for Cichon will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at 103 S. John St.

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Health Reporter

Health reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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