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:

Donate Life

Many people are currently on waiting lists desperately needing organs. The largest football stadium in America could not fit the number of people who are on the national transplant waiting list. Even with all the breakthroughs in medical technology and advancement in medicines, the demand for organ, eye and tissue donation still greatly exceeds the number of donors.

Additionally, every 10 minutes another person is added to that national organ waiting list.

Donors are truly lifesavers.  A donation of your organs could save up to 8 people- corneas: restore sight to 2 people- tissue, heal the lives of 75 people!

Last year 33,600 transplants brought new life to patients and their families.

95% of Americans are in favor of being a donor; only half actually become one.  Please consider registering to be donor-

There are two different types of donors: deceased and living. As you can imagine, most donations came from the former group with 4 out of 5 donations coming from deceased persons over 50 years of age. But you don’t have to wait until then; you can donate while you are still alive and continue to live a great life after donating:  kidney transplants are just one of them, and this type of donation need is very high. In fact, 82% of people on the national waiting list are in need of a kidney.

What can be donated:

  • Organs (lungs, liver, pancreas, heart, etc)
  • Corneas/eye
  • Tissue
  • Hands & face
  • Blood stem cells, cord blood and bone marrow
  • Blood platelets

You can register very easily either online or in person at your local DMV and then be sure to let your family know your decision and wishes to be a donor. If you are interested in becoming a living donor, some tissue and organs can be donated while you are alive. You can get more information (or apply) on this tremendous need by visiting..

Donate Life Illinois or the American Transplant Foundation.

The best gift we could ever give to another person...Life.

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