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Silver Cross Recognizes “Top Docs” for Outstanding Patient Satisfaction

26 Physicians Rank in the top 1% of hospitals nationwide

New Lenox, IL (Feb. 5, 2013)— Silver Cross recently recognized 26 physicians on the hospital’s medical staff for outstanding patient satisfaction from October 2011 through September 2012.

“The Top Docs (PDF) ranked in the top 1% compared to all other physicians throughout the country,” says Paul Pawlak, President/CEO of Silver Cross Hospital. “It is because of the service and care these doctors provide, Silver Cross has been recognized as a Truven (Thomson Reuters) 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers.” 

According to our patients, these doctors rank in the Top 1% in the country for patient satisfaction:

Name Specialty  Office Location
 Eric Bass, M.D.           Colorectal Surgery        Joliet
 Diana Burda, M.D.  Internal Medicine                                Homer Glen
 Thomas Burns, Jr., M.D.  Urology                                                New Lenox
 Alan Chen, M.D.             Plastic Surgery           Joliet
 Patricia Clark, M.D.             General Surgery                                   New Lenox
 Mark Danielson, M.D.                       General Surgery               Joliet
 Michael DeMaertelaere, D.O.    Family Practice       Frankfort
 William Farrell, M.D.                   Orthopedic Surgery                             New Lenox
 Reza Gamagami, M.D.                  General Surgery                                   New Lenox
 Francisco Garcini, M.D.                      Obstetrics/Gynecology                        New Lenox
 Nicole Gress, M.D.     Obstetrics/Gynecology                        New Lenox
 Joseph Hindo, M.D.       Internal Medicine                                Joliet
 Thomas Hurley, M.D.                       Neurosurgery         New Lenox
 Hysoo Ka-Widmann, M.D.                  Obstetrics/Gynecology                        New Lenox
 Paul Kirchner, D.P.M.      Podiatric Surgery                                 New Lenox
 Brian Lahmann, M.D.                 Bariatric & General Surgery                New Lenox
 Eligijus Lelis, M.D.              Ophthalmology    New Lenox
 Kimberly Mitchell, M.D.                      Emergency Medicine                           New Lenox
 Mark Moran, M.D.  Orthopedic Surgery                             Joliet
 Corinne Nawrocki, D.O.                  Family Practice                                    New Lenox
 Boris Nulman, M.D.                 Pain Management & Anesthesiology  New Lenox
 Jose Penaherrera, M.D.               Internal Medicine                                 Joliet
 Timothy Russell, D.O.              Emergency Medicine                           New Lenox
 Cynthia Sink, D.P.M.  Podiatric Surgery                                 Orland Park
 Rick Singh, D.O.            Family Practice                                    New Lenox
 Heather Taras, M.D., M.P.H.              Emergency Medicine                           New Lenox

 In addition, these doctors rank in the Top 10% in the country for patient satisfaction:


 Habib Abbasi, M.D.    Emergency Medicine  New Lenox
 Douglas Lee, M.D.  Gastroenterology  New Lenox
 Riten Sheth, M.D.  Gastroenterology  Joliet
 Silvio Morales, Jr., M.D.    Emergency Medicine       New Lenox
 Gamilah Pierre, M.D.  Obstetrics/Gynecology     New Lenox
 Vlad Badescu, M.D.  Internal Medicine      Lemont
 Steve Delis, M.D.                    Emergency Medicine     New Lenox
 Matthew D. McCormick, D.O.     Emergency Medicine      New Lenox
 Dalius Kedainis, M.D.     Internal Medicine         Lockport
 Adam Lee, D.O.           Emergency Medicine        New Lenox
 Daniel Ramirez, M.D.     Internal Medicine      Joliet
 Thomas J. Vasdekas, M.D.      General Surgery    Orland Park
 Anil Bajaj, M.D.  Anesthesiology  New Lenox
 Christopher Joyce, M.D.  Bariatric & General Surgery  New Lenox
 Laura Schulze, M.D.  Emergency Medicine  New Lenox

Silver Cross regularly surveys all patients at the hospital and benchmarks its performance against over 2,000 hospitals using the Press Ganey patient satisfaction process.  As part of the survey, patients are asked to rank their physician on several indicators including the time the physician spent with the patient, the physician’s concern for patients’ questions and worries, how well he/she kept the patient informed, friendliness and courtesy of the physician, and the skill of the physician. 

For more information about these or any other physicians on staff at Silver Cross, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).  Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff provide care to patients in Will, Grundy and Southwest Cook County.  These specialized and highly trained physicians are not employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They determine independently, based on their training and experience, the appropriate medical care for each patient.  Their services are separate from the charges for hospital facilities and support staff and are billed separately by the physician or medical group with which the physician is affiliated. 

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 295-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


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Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.