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GlenOaks to celebrate latest addition to hospital

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By Safiya merchant
smerchant@dailyherald.com

Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights will celebrate its new Lagattuta Center For Health with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 2.

The two-story addition, which opened in April, houses the hospital's Wound Care Center. The facility also contains areas for oncology care, maternal fetal medicine and ambulatory care, Administrative Director of Marketing and Service Line Development Erin Gerber said Wednesday.

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The Lagattuta Center For Health costs a little more than $2 million to build. It was named in honor of the Joe and Clare Lagattuta family, which made a $250,000 donation to the Discover What's New Capital Campaign, according to a news release.

That campaign was launched by the GlenOaks Hospital Foundation and supports the capital needs of the Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Gerber said.

"Adventist GlenOaks Hospital is grateful to the family of Joe and Clare Lagattuta for their amazing generosity," Chief Executive Officer Bruce C. Christian said in a news release. "The significance of their gift is extraordinary and will create a dramatic and lasting impact on the health and well-being of our community."

The Wound Care Center contains two hyperbaric chambers, Gerber said, where air pressure is greater than normal. The chambers are designed to help healing for patients as their blood carries the oxygen that they breathe to different parts of their bodies.

Officials said patients should ask their doctor about visiting the Wound Care Center if they have a wound that hasn't healed in 30 days or more, a sore that has incurred additional complications like increased pain or foul odor, an infected surgical wound or a wound resistant to usual treatment.

On the same day as the 5:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Lagattuta Center For Health, an open house will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests must RSVP before June 30 to aghgiving@ahss.org or call (630) 545-3942.

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