Connie Payton 
Connie Payton 

9/28/2009 - NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is pleased to welcome Connie Payton as the keynote speaker for two free community forums about cancer treatment and research, the first forum was held September 23, 2009, from 4-6 pm at Evanston Hospital and the next one will be held this Thursday October 1, 2009, from 6-8pm at Highland Park Hospital. Connie Payton is the widow of former Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton. 

NorthShore is the official healthcare partner of the Chicago Bears. “Real Bears Fans Wear Pink” t-shirts will be available during both events and proceeds will benefit Bears Care, the charitable beneficiary of the Chicago Bears, which supports Chicago area programs providing care and assistance to breast cancer patients and their families. Fans will wear the t-shirts during the Bears’ October 4th game to officially recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Ms. Payton is committed to giving hope. She will share her vision for the future, and why she believes in the efforts to find an ultimate cure and effective treatment for cancer. In addition to campaigning for this worthwhile cause, she feels compelled to reach out to others who have also found themselves affected by this disease.  

A panel of NorthShore’s prominent physician experts will discuss state-of-the art procedures now being used to treat cancer, including innovative surgical techniques. Attendees will also learn how electronic medical records (EMR) can enable them to take charge of their health online through NorthShoreConnect.

“NorthShore was one of the first hospital systems in the nation to implement an electronic medical record (EMR) system and has received national recognition for its accomplishments,” said Mark R. Neaman, President and Chief Executive Officer, NorthShore University HealthSystem and host of the community forums. “Throughout the NorthShore system and even from the patient’s home, a fully automated personal health record is accessible, enhancing the quality, efficiency and timeliness of medical care.”

The free Community Forums are sponsored by the NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation. To make a reservation, please call Joan Wahlund at 224.364.7249 or email: jwahlund@northshore.org. Space is limited.

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