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The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem at Highland Park Hospital Presents “Wine, Cheese and Wellness: An Evening of Integrative Medicine & Women’s Health”

Wednesday, April 18 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.Equinox Fitness Club, 799 Central Avenue Tel: 847-926-5003

Join The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) at Highland Park Hospital for “Wine, Cheese and Wellness: An Evening of Integrative Medicine & Women’s Health.” Leslie Mendoza-Temple, MD, Medical Director of NorthShore’s Integrative Medicine Program, and Patricia Piant, MSTOM, Licensed, Board-Certified Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist of NorthShore’s Integrative Medicine Program, will discuss how complementary and alternative medicine therapies work with conventional Western medicine for optimal health and wellness. These leading NorthShore physicians will address holistic approaches improve health and healing through body, mind and spirit. Guests are invited to join the conversation, enjoy complementary wine and cheese, and meet members of The Auxiliary of NorthShore at Highland Park Hospital during this informative and fun evening dedicated to integrative medicine and women’s health.

To RSVP or for more information on The Auxiliary of NorthShore at Highland Park Hospital, please call (847)926-5003 or visit

Contact: Sue Rosenfeld, 847-926-5003,

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Seeking Memorabilia for the Auxiliary of NorthShore Univesity HealthSystem at Highland Park Hospital




Seeking Memorabilia for

The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem at Highland Park Hospital

 Help Retrace 90 Years of Auxiliary History in Our Community!


HIGHLAND PARK, IL (November 15, 2010) – The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) at Highland Park Hospital is in search of memorabilia spanning 90 years. As the Auxiliary at Highland Park Hospital gears up to celebrate its 90th birthday in 2011, it is calling on the community at large to help them find everything and anything pertaining to the Auxiliary and Highland Park Hospital. Items can include old medical equipment, homemade crafts bought at the Alcove Gift Shop, gurneys, nurses’ uniforms, doctors’ jackets, old army uniforms that the Auxiliary sewed, machines, bills, newspaper clippings, photos, vehicles (ambulances), signs, holiday cards, memorial cards, annual reports and more.

 To donate items or provide the Auxiliary with leads, please contact the Auxiliary at (847) 926-5003 or via e-mail at

Established in 1921, The Auxiliary at Highland Park Hospital is a volunteer organization that raises funds and friends for and provides services to Highland Park Hospital and the communities it serves. Since its inception, the Auxiliary has proudly contributed to many significant Hospital programs including a $1 million dollar contribution to the Ambulatory Care Center, the establishment of a Primary Stroke Center and over half a million dollars of its current $1 million dollar pledge to support Be Well-Lake County, a diabetes awareness, education, prevention and treatment program for underserved patients in our community.  The Auxiliary supports the community with many programs that include: Mobile Meals, LifeSource Blood Drive, Remembrance Fund, NorthShore Kids Corner, Highand Park High School Student Board and Employee Scholarship.

About NorthShore University HealthSystem

Headquartered in Evanston, NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is a comprehensive, fully integrated, healthcare delivery system that serves the Chicago region. The system includes four hospitals in Evanston, Glenview (Glenbrook Hospital), Highland Park and Skokie. NorthShore employs approximately 9,000 and has 2,400 affiliated physicians, including a 650-physician, multispecialty group practice with 75 office locations. Further, NorthShore supports teaching and research as the principal teaching affiliate for the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

The NorthShore Research Institute focuses on clinical and translational research, including leadership in outcomes research and clinical trials. The NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation is a leading philanthropic entity of NorthShore. It raises charitable contributions, engages volunteer friends and invests in community partnerships.

NorthShore has significant capabilities in a wide spectrum of clinical programs, including cancer, heart, orthopaedics, high-risk maternity, pediatrics and neurosciences. NorthShore is a Magnet recognized organization, the only one in Illinois designated as a system to receive this prestigious honor that demonstrates excellence in nursing and high standards in patient care. NorthShore is a national leader in the implementation of innovative technologies, including electronic medical records (EMR). In 2003, NorthShore was among the first in the country to successfully launch a system-wide EMR with demonstrable benefits in quality, safety, efficiency and service to patients. NorthShore has been recognized by multiple national organizations for this notable achievement.

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Contact: Sue Rosenfeld @ or 847.926.5003

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For Immediate Release                                                  Contact:          Abbe Sparks @ 224.567.9166

October 25, 2010                                                                               


Susan Blauner, Award-Winning Suicide Prevention Specialist and Author of

How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying To Kill Me… To Speak at Several Area Venues

Rochester, October 25, 2010 – Susan Rose Blauner, award-winning Suicide Prevention Specialist and Author of How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying To Kill Me: One Person’s Guide to Suicide Prevention, William Morrow & Co./Quill Paperbacks, is the featured guest speaker at the Reel Mind Film Series’ special 30th Anniversary screening of the Academy Award-winning film Ordinary People on Nov. 2, 7 pm at the Cinema Theatre, 957 Clinton Avenue. Blauner’s appearance at the Reel Mind series will kick off her national SAVING LIVES TOUR (SAVING LIVES); Ms. Blauner will also speak at the Rochester Public Library the following day beginning at noon in the Gleason Auditorium.

SAVING LIVES is a suicide prevention awareness tour traveling throughout North America to educate and empower anyone whose life has been touched by suicide.  A noted speaker at VA Medical Centers, universities, psychiatric facilities, and national conferences, Blauner has saved the lives of hundreds of people throughout the world.

 “Reel Mind is absolutely thrilled to be bringing Susan to town,” said series co-directors Ruth Cowing & Herb Katz.  “The topic of suicide has been one of fear, shame and hidden isolation for much too long. There is hope for the future, and if anyone embodies that sense of hope, it is Susan. She is one-of-a-kind, as is the quietly remarkable film Ordinary People that we will be pairing her with that evening.”

Kicking-off her SAVING LIVES Tour in Rochester, Blauner will use her area appearances to raise awareness around suicide prevention, share her personal struggle with mental illness, and discuss prevention techniques from her invaluable book How I Stayed Alive…, which will be available for signing at each event. A portion of the proceeds of all books sold will go to The University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide.  How I Stayed Alive…is also available in retail outlets nationwide and at

Endorsed by all the major national suicide prevention organizations in the United States including The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the book How I Stayed Alive… is used by psychiatric professionals in the therapeutic setting; suicidal thinkers as a life-saving resource; academia as classroom text; and for crisis line training.

“With suicide so prevalent nationwide — affecting all demographics, from students to professional athletes to veterans — I felt a need to return to the road and empower as many people as possible,” says Blauner, who survived 18 years of suicidal ideation, three suicide attempts, and four psychiatric hospitalizations. She will focus on hope, opportunity, and willingness, or HOW. “It’s vital to generate and hold on to hope while taking advantage of opportunities for help and healing,” she says, “Both require the willingness to let go of suicide as an option. It’s a slow process.” 

“Suicide is preventable,” she adds. “Family members and friends can learn the warning signs and supportive tools. Suicidal thinkers can find and use resources. The trick is willingness … on everyone’s part.”

First Stop Rochester — In conjunction with the screening of Ordinary People, Blauner will be on hand for a post-screening discussion, along with Dr. Sandra Mitzner, Medical Director of St. Joseph’s Villa. On November 3rd from noon – 2pm, Blauner will be presenting at the Rochester Central Library.  (Full schedule below)

Currently, the SAVING LIVES TOUR plans to stop in cities located in New York, Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, Washington, Massachusetts, California and Ontario, Canada.

For more information on booking a visit from the SAVING LIVES TOUR or to request an interview with Susan Blauner, CONTACT:  Abbe Sparks, 224.567.9166 or .

 For more information about the Reel Mind Film Series, CONTACT: Ruth Cowing, Co-Director, 585.729.1498 or


Tues.       Nov. 2   @   7 pm: Reel Mind screening of Ordinary People & post-film discussion with Sue Blauner, Cinema Theatre, 957 S. Clinton

Wed.       Nov. 3:  @   12-1 pm: Presentation by Sue Blauner at the Rochester Central Library, Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue

Wed.       Nov. 3:  @   1 pm: Book signing at Library

Wed.       Nov. 3:  @   2-4 pm: Screening of Ordinary People at Library

The Reel Mind Film Series features films and performances about mental illness, addiction and brain disorders. The series’ goal is to address the social stigma of mental illness while providing a message of hope that recovery is possible. The series, founded in 2009, is coordinated by a collaborative of mental health agencies and is co-directed by Herb Katz and Ruth Cowing, with the help of medical advisor Dr. Larry Guttmacher, Clinical Director of Rochester Psychiatric Center. Sponsors include: Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Marcia & Gary Stern, the Mental Health Association of Rochester, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Rochester, Compeer Rochester, Creative Wellness Coalition, DePaul, East House, HCR-Home Care of Rochester, Rochester Rehabilitation Center, CARES, John Delehanty, Jewish Family Service, Bernice Skirboll and the  University of Rochester Cluster of Human Values. In-kind support is provided by Craig Autometrics, DeBergerac Productions. the Jewish Film Festival, New Unto Others Consignment Shop and the Spiritus Christi Mental Health Center.  The Reel Mind Film Series is also supported by funds from the Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York State Legislature.