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posted: 1/10/2014 12:43 PM

Centegra offers free class for people diagnosed with cancer

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Submitted by Centegra Health System

People who have recently received cancer diagnoses are encouraged to attend Centegra Health System's free one-time Guided Patient Services Class with their care partners.

The next available classes will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the Gavers Cancer Resource Library at the Centegra Sage Cancer Center, 4305 Medical Center Drive in McHenry.

Centegra's GPS class provides patients valuable information and resources to help them as they begin cancer treatment. They learn how Centegra Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation (STAR) Program team members will play key roles in their care.

Patients also receive assessments that help the Centegra team develop their personalized plans of care and meet their treatment needs. To register for a class or for more information, call the Centegra STAR Program coordinator at (815) 759-4870.

"The GPS class teaches patients and their care partners about all of the support they will receive at Centegra," said Amy Moerschbaecher, director of cancer services and medical ancillaries at Centegra Health System.

"During the class, we teach about services we provide before, during and after cancer treatment so patients understand they are never alone during this journey."

The Centegra STAR Program focuses on preventing and addressing the side effects caused by cancer treatments. The Centegra STAR Program was made possible by a gift from the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation to the Centegra Health System Foundation.

Centegra Hospital -- McHenry is recognized as having one of a few cancer programs in the state to receive accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. This distinction acknowledges the comprehensive, quality cancer services Centegra provides. Additionally, all the Centegra Sage Cancer Center nurses are oncology certified.

Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the health care needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Physician Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and the upcoming Centegra Hospital-Huntley.

For more information on Centegra Health System, visit, search Centegra Health System on Facebook and Twitteror call (877) CENTEGRA (236-8347).