Author Archives: Valerie Hawkins

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OSF Heart Surgery Patient Turns Volunteer

Ken Masuda of Chenoa, Ill., had a four vessel coronary artery bypass on October 31, 2013, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. Prior to his surgery, Ken was a healthy 74-year-old who exercised every day, and ran many Hawaii marathons between his early forties and mid-sixties. He had no prior history of heart issues, but […]



Are You at Risk for Sleep Apnea?

Are you tired of being tired after a solid night’s sleep? Does your spouse sleep in the room down the hall, because your snoring shakes the house? It may be time to talk to someone about sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Eighteen million […]



Just a Call Away: Communication Specialists

You used to know them as the switchboard operators when they were still connecting phone lines with wires. But with some new changes, they are now the communication specialists. You’ve heard their voices overhead, and they are here 24/7, but we hardly see them. “I used to think, how hard can it be to answer […]



7 Heart-Healthy Tips for Being Heart Smart

February is American Heart Month, and the best way to celebrate is by being heart-healthy! With the cold, wintery weather, it can be difficult to stay motivated. With these tips you can stay on track to keep your heart happy and healthy: Aim to eat two and a half to five cups of fruits and/or […]