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Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission Chairwoman Margie Woods Receives Outstanding Individual in Human Services Award from the Community Service Council of Will County

New Lenox, IL (April 25, 2013) — The Community Service Council of Will County recently awarded the 2013 Outstanding Individual In Human Services Award to Margie Woods, Chair of the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission, at the Community Service Council of Will County’s 74th Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on April 18 at the Jacob Henry Victorian Ball Room in Joliet.

“Margie Woods is well-deserving of the Outstanding Individual in Human Service Award,” said Paul Pawlak, President/Chief Executive Officer for Silver Cross Hospital. “She has unselfishly committed her life to the service of others with a proven record of significant contributions that have improved the quality of life of the many residents of Will County. She leads by example and is a positive role model for future generations.”

PHOTO: Paul Pawlak, Silver Cross President/Chief Executive Officer, along with Margie Woods, Chair of the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission, and Ruth Colby, Senior Vice President Business Development for Silver Cross Hospital, celebrate with Mrs. Woods as she received the 2013 Outstanding Individual In Human Services Award from the Community Service Council of Will County’s 2013 Annual Community Service Award at the 74th Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on April 18.  

The Annual Outstanding Individual in Human Services Award honors individuals in the community who have given outstanding service to the community.

“Life is about Service,” said Margie Woods, Chair of the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission. “I thank Silver Cross Hospital for nominating me and the Community Service Council for selecting me.” 

A lifelong resident of Joliet, Margie has faithfully served her community for over 5 decades.  A champion for improving the quality of life for all Will County residents, she served as a member of the Will County Board from 1980 to 1998.  In 2001, Margie was selected by her party colleagues to be the minority leader. During her tenure on the County Board, she was actively involved in efforts to foster economic growth ensuring jobs for residents.   She was also involved with the National Association of County Officials, serving as Vice Chair of NACO’s Labor and Employment Steering Committee, and in the area of workforce development with the Coalition of Black Trade Unions. 

In addition to representing the needs of her constituents, Margie volunteered her time and talents serving on the United Way Allocation Committee, Senior Services of Will County Board of Directors, and Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board.  She is also active with the Forest Park Community Center, National Hook-up of Black Women, and St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. 

With an amazing record of civil and community service, Margie continues to give back by serving as an advocate for the betterment of the community—specifically those with the greatest need.  In fact, when Silver Cross Hospital announced its relocation in 2007, Margie was one of the first to publicly support the Hospital’s decision.  She knew that this was the right move for the hospital in order for Will County residents to continue to receive quality health care close to home.  However, with the outcry of community concern about the hospital’s relocation, Margie met with Silver Cross administrators asking for their assistance in creating a stronger, healthier future for the neighborhood which had suffered from lack of economic development over the past decades.  In 2008, Margie brought in other eastside Joliet leaders to work with the Hospital to form the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission—a 501(c)3.  The Commission’s initial focus was on campus redevelopment but soon expanded its scope on work force initiatives, job training, scholarships and healthcare access.  

Under Margie’s leadership as Chairperson, over the past 5 years the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission has led the Veteran’s Administration to open a mega-outpatient clinic for area Veterans in the former Silver Cross Emergency Department. This facility opened March 11, 2013.  Margie also made sure that Silver Cross fulfilled its promise to the community that convenient medical services would continue to be available in the neighborhood by bringing in Aunt Martha’s to open a federally qualified healthcare center on the old hospital campus.  Called the Joliet Community Health Center, this 20,000 square foot facility will open in the spring of 2013 providing medical, dental and behavioral health services to the area’s poor and underinsured. 

Furthermore, with Margie’s direction, since 2008 the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission has given a total of $1.25 million in healthcare and construction scholarships and grants to numerous eastside Joliet residents and organizations such as: 

•          Community Service Council of Will County

•          Coalition of Black Trades Union

•          Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sororities

•          Harvey Brooks Foundation

•          Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties

•          Joliet Community Action Network Male Mentoring Program

•          Joliet Junior College

•          NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)

•          National Hook-up For Black Women

•          Spanish Center

•          Warren Sharp Center 

About The Community Service Council Of Will County, Inc.

The Community Services Council of Will County Inc, (CSC) purpose is to exchange information, promote professional growth, coordinate services, identify needs, and provide ongoing education for the residents of Will County, Illinois. The Will County Community Services Council annually recognizes an individual and an agency for their outstanding service to the community. 

 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 289-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 www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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