The Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center is dedicated to supporting the health education needs of the community. An annual benefit funds the Resource Center as well as the Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program, including sponsorship of the Myra Rubenstein Weis Cancer Survivorship Seminars.

Located at Highland Park Hospital, the Resource Center is a private place to obtain information when making healthcare decisions.

Visitors are welcome to stop by to browse our collection and enjoy our relaxing environment between appointments or during other idle time in the hospital.

Our personal, confidential assistance is available free of charge to help you find the health information you need. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to request services, call the Resource Center Coordinator at 847.480.2727 or email mrwresource@northshore.org.

 

In the Spotlight:

Consumer Health Information

The rising tide of consumerism in the healthcare industry means that more attention is being paid to define the U.S. health consumer.   There are six categories that capture the essence of various health consumers out there:

  • Casual and cautious: are not engaged in their own health, have no immediate need to consume healthcare services and are cost conscious. About 34% of U.S. healthcare consumers
  • Content and compliant: comprise 22 % of the U.S. healthcare population and they are happy with their physicians, hospital and insurance plans. They tend to comply with and follow care plans
  • Online and onboard: this 17 % of the healthcare population are keen to learn about health online. They are happy with their healthcare but looking for alternatives and for new technologies
  • Sick and savvy: because of their conditions, they consume significant healthcare products and services. They also communicate and partner with their physicians to make treatment decisions. They comprise 14 % of the U.S. healthcare population
  • Out and about: these independent 9%  of the U.S. healthcare consumers believe in looking for alternative healthcare options and prefer to customize the services they wish to consume
  • Shop and save:  4 % of the U.S. healthcare consumer group and actively look to save money. They are also willing to switch product and services for better value

By their definition, these different consumer segments have different priorities and attitudes when it comes to health and wellness, and how they view the products/services they consume.

One thing is for sure: Knowledge is power. Be sure to arm yourself!

For more information on a variety of health topics, please access our encyclopedia.