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NCH hosts free ostomy vendor fair and stoma clinic

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Northwest Community Healthcare

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (October 15, 2013) -- Northwest Community Healthcare's (NCH) Ostomy Support Group is hosting its annual Ostomy Vendor Fair and Stoma Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can meet with representatives from major medical supply companies who will showcase the latest products for ostomy and stoma care.

Attendees can briefly meet with a certified ostomy nurse to discuss pouching products, skin problems or other concerns. To schedule this verbal consultation, call NCH HealthConnection at 847.618.4YOU (4968) or visit www.nch.org/ostomy.

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The Ostomy Vendor Fair and Stoma Clinic will be held in rooms 1-6 and 1-7 at Northwest Community Hospital, 800 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights. Attendees are encouraged to park in the free Visitor Garage and enter the hospital at the East Entrance.

Since 2007, the Ostomy Support Group has been an accessible and trusted resource for individuals with a bowel or urinary diversion, their supporters and caregivers, and anyone facing possible surgery. The Ostomy Support Group meets every other month and is led by an NCH-certified ostomy nurse.

Meetings are held throughout the year and include group support and encouragement, guest speakers who address relevant medical and wellness topics, and presentations by medical supplies representatives. NCH's Ostomy Support Group is affiliated with the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc., which is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals who have or will have a bowel or urinary diversion.

For more information about ostomy care at NCH, the Ostomy Support Group and the Nov. 2 Ostomy Vendor Fair and Stoma Clinic, visit www.nch.org/ostomy.

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About Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH)

Serving Chicago's northwest suburbs since 1959, NCH is a comprehensive, patient-centered system of care that serves more than 350,000 outpatients each year, as well as nearly 30,000 inpatients treated annually at the 496-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights. The award-winning hospital holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, is designated as a Primary Stroke Center, earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in 2011, and was awarded the Leapfrog Group's designation as one of the nation's Top Hospitals based on quality and safety criteria. NCH has four Immediate Care locations in the northwest suburbs and operates a FastCare Clinic in Palatine. NCH has a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians, which includes the board-certified primary care doctors and specialists of the NCH Medical Group. For more information or to find a doctor on the NCH Medical staff, visit www.nch.org.

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