Monday, November 24, 2008

Expressing Thanks For Our Great Patients

We have a new series of posters that we are excited to share in this space. Soon, the ones you see here--as well as a few others--will be making their debuts in our offices in Chicago and throughout the region.

Each poster spotlights a remarkable patient with two photographs and a brief description that tells some of the basic elements of their story. And each one ends with words that emphasize these are ordinary people doing some extraordinary things, "with a little help from Scheck & Siress."

Now, that's no false modesty on our part. Certainly, we take pride in being caring, competent professionals. We have a storied 55-year history which, at its center, consists of helping improve the lives of thousands of individuals and, by association, their families.

But we couldn't do it without our patients, whose amazing fortitude and indefatigable spirit we are privileged to witness. On a daily basis, they humble and inspire us as they look adversity in the eye and keep moving forward.

And they even go out of their way to thank us, as you can see from a sampling of Scheck & Siress patient testimonials.

So as we approach Thanksgiving, we want to express how thankful we are for the wonderful patients who entrust us with such an important role in their lives.

From everyone in the Scheck & Siress family, here's to a Happy--and Healthy--Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"New Technology" Seminar a Big Success

Three weeks ago, we provided a preview of "New Technology For Active Amputees," a free seminar at our Hickory Hills location.

As we hoped, there was a strong, enthusiastic turnout of more than 40 guests and nobody left disappointed.

Both Dr. Michael Pinzur, a renowned orthopedic surgeon at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, and Melissa Stockwell received heartfelt ovations for their presentations.

Stockwell's inspiring talk was "Road to the Paralympic Games.” It culminated with her being the flag bearer during the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremonies. In addition to being a patient, Stockwell has been a resident with Scheck & Siress.

A U.S. Army veteran, Stockwell was the country's first female amputee from the Iraq War.

Over the 4-plus hours, which concluded with a boxed lunch provided by Scheck & Siress, more than a dozen company staff members as well as exhibitors turned out for the event. In the accompanying photos, you can see some Cindy Hausner with Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (top photo) and Emily Horn (below) with Ossur, a manufacturer of prosthetic components.

The purpose of the seminar was to provide resources, support and education to amputees who are or would like to be active in sports and exercise. Attendees said they enjoyed meeting other amputees and gained inspiration and resources to become as active as they once were.

Based on the day's all-around success, stay tuned for similar programming that we will be holding in the future. To offer topic suggestions for future seminars, contact Emily Frederick, marketing director, at 773-606-9356.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

With Deep Gratitude, On Veterans Day

Every day, we ought to extend our gratitude to the men and women whose sacrifices have helped ensure our freedom and way of life here in the United States.

In particular, Veterans Day brings to mind the ultimate price that so many have paid--with their very lives. Others, through physical and other wounds, continue to render an ongoing sacrifice. Among them is Tammy Duckworth, the Illinois Veteran Affairs Director who lost both of her legs in combat during the war in Iraq.

In the photo above is Tammy, with President-elect Barack Obama, during a solemn salute to veterans Tuesday. They were at the bronze soldiers memorial between the Field Museum and Soldier Field in Chicago.

As we've noted previously, Tammy is a patient of Scheck & Siress prosthetist David Rotter.

Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day marks the anniversary of the Nov. 11, 1918 signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Paralympic Games Airing on TV This Week

A reminder to those who did not have a chance to travel to Beijing and see the Paralympic Games in person: coverage of the competition is airing this week on USN.

The NBC Paralympics special aired on November 9 and from Monday, Nov. 10, through Sunday, Nov. 16, coverage goes from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern on Universal Sports.

As noted on the Team USA website, "for exciting video highlights and images of the 99 medal-winning performances and other amazing moments from the 2008 Beijing Paralympics," visit here.

Melissa Stockwell, a resident at Scheck & Siress, was among those who competed as a swimmer in the Paralympics.

Monday, November 3, 2008

WalkAide: Scheck & Siress Proud To Provide Patients With Gait-Way To Improved Quality of Life

One of the significant developments this year has been the rising prominence of WalkAide.

It's a transformative new technology that is helping people whose neurological deficits had severely hindered their ability to walk, get up from a chair, climb stairs and take other simple actions.

Our patients have received coverage in the Chicago Tribune, the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park & River Forest and The Daily Chronicle of DeKalb.

To get a sense of the impact that this device has had on our patients, see the below footage of Joanne Schutt, profiled in one of the stories. While under the care and supervision of Scheck & Siress prosthetist Dan Hasso, Schutt demonstrated her gait with and without the WalkAide.

Without the WalkAide

With the WalkAide

As you can see, the device restores the signal between the brain and the nerves that control the movement of the ankle and foot, enabling people to make great strides in improving their gait.

To learn more, contact our Oakbrook Terrace office at 630-424-0392.