June 1, 2010
The new Sherman Hospital’s cafe not only has a great selection of food, but also a great atmosphere to enjoy it in. At the cafe you’ll enjoy the natural light that comes in from the large windows that overlook the geothermal lake, and now that it’s getting warmer out you can even dine al fresco right next to the lake.
Since we knew diners would spend a good deal of their meal looking out at the 15-acre lake, we thought we’d explain a few geothermal facts. And since geothermal technology is new to people, why not use an interesting new technology to help people learn more about it as they dine? So we have put QR Codes on table tents in the cafe.
What’s a QR Code, you might wonder? It’s a black and white image that works like a Bar Code with a smart phone. Using QR Code application, you can use your smartphone to take a picture of the QR Code, which will launch a web page in your smartphone’s browser. The QR Code on the Sherman cafe table tents takes you to a page that tells you more about the geothermal lake and how it works.
QR Codes are everywhere in Japan (on billboards, building signage, and even on fast food packaging), and they are a simple way to connect print with mobile technology. People scan QR Codes on building signage for a map of how to get somewhere within the building. They scan billboards for a link to coupons. They scan fast food packaging for nutrition information. QR Codes have just started showing up in the US recently, and use of them may spread as smartphones grow in popularity. For now, we decided to have fun with QR Codes to give our smartphone-using diners a new way to interact with the geothermal lake.
So if you have a smartphone, come by the Sherman cafe to check out how QR Codes work. Also, visit ShermanHealth.com from your smartphone to see our new mobile site, which lets you view hospital floorplans, send an ecard to a patient, find a physician, and more.
May 19, 2010
James Jordan has photographed for Sherman Hospital in the past, but he recently snapped a photo of the new building across the geothermal lake on a whim, and was kind enough to share the shot with us on our Facebook page. Such kindness should be repaid, so we thought it’d be a good idea to talk to James about his background in photography and what equipment he used to get such a beautiful shot. Check out the entertaining interview below, but be warned: you may want to ditch your job and take up photography after reading!
Sherman Health: You mentioned you captured the shot as part of the Elgin 1440 photography project. Can you explain what the project is?
James Jordan: Elgin 1440 is a community photography project sponsored by the Cultural Art Commission. Photographers are encouraged to use all 1,440 minutes in a day to capture a 24 hour period in the life of Elgin. Selected photos are displayed at the Hemmens. This year’s event – the fifth annual – was held on May 16, and the theme was “Iconic Elgin.” I had already been shooting since 5:00 that morning and was racking my brain trying to think of a place to shoot around sunset. My wife said, “What about Sherman Hospital?” Duh. Of course!
Sherman: How long have you been a photographer? Do you do it professionally? As a hobby? Read the rest of this entry »
May 10, 2010
The Sunrise Life Center is located near the main entrance of Sherman’s new Cancer Care Center. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Sherman Auxiliary, it’s a peaceful and bright space where patients can get a much-needed morale boost. We recently sat down for a Q and A about what the Sunrise Life Center Offers.
Q: What is their mission?
A: The Sunrise Life Center, and services within, was developed to help individuals with cancer look good, improve their self-esteem, and manage their treatment and recovery with greater confidence.
Q: What is the Look Good, Feel Better program? Read the rest of this entry »
May 6, 2010
During Sherman’s Nurses Ceremony on the morning of May 5, the sun peeked through the clouds and illuminated the geothermal lake and the landscape beyond. After the ceremony concluded we took full advantage of the warm rays by walking the path that surrounds the lake. Here are 6 new photos of the walk.
April 12, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 10am at Festival Park, 250 S Grove Ave in Elgin, IL
For the third year in a row, Sherman Health will take part in the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Walk & Roll Elgin event! These fundraising events help the ACS support patients, family and friends who are affected by cancer. In the Sherman Cancer Care Center, the ACS provides provide wigs, make-up, transportation to appointments, a resource room and other services FREE to patients. The Walk & Roll options are:
- 5-mile walk
- 10-mile skate
- 15-mile bike ride
Sherman’s Walk & Roll Elgin Kick-Off
Wednesday, April 14
Base of the Tree of Life
Meet at the Tree of Life on April 14 to learn more about this fun event and how to sign up! Take part in our raffle and support this great cause.
Walk & Roll Training Club
Thursday, April 15 – Friday, May 7
Get ready for the event by taking part in our Training Club! A club card can be purchased at the Walk & Roll Elgin Kick-Off Event on April 14! Club cards are $10 each and will be used to track walking days. $5 per card will go to the ACS and $5 will be put into a cash pool for a raffle.
Members are asked to walk 1 mile a day from Thursday, April 15-Friday, May 7, around the geothermal lake or at home. (Or, multiple miles each day if unable to walk every day. Total miles must equal 23) 1 lap around geothermal lake is ½ mile. Members who complete the above will be entered to win the cash pool!
For more information on the Training Club, The Kick-Off on April 14, or the event itself, contact Beth Hayden at 224-783-2958.