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

In the Spotlight: Diabeses

Diabetes is a chronic condition caused by a lack of insulin, or the body’s inability to use insulin, resulting in the amount of sugar in your blood reaching very high levels. Insulin is the hormone that allows the cells of the body to transfer glucose from the blood. Without insulin, your body cannot obtain glucose or the energy it supplies.

The body is made of millions of cells. Each cell needs energy to do its work. Food that is eaten is a source of energy for the body. The stomach and intestines work to break food down into sugar and other nutrients that the body can absorb. Sugar, which in this case is glucose, is the fuel that the body uses to make energy. The body needs insulin to “open up” the cells to move the glucose into the cells.

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