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Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission provides scholarship grant to Familias Unidas por la Educacion

New Lenox, IL (Aug. 13, 2014)—The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission has given a $5,000 grant to Familias Unidas por la Educacion organization to provide scholarships to area students. The following students each received a $1,000 scholarship: Enrique Ramirez, Joliet Junior College; Juana Alvarado, Benedictine University; Alejandra Mendoza, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville; Yaritza Mendoza, Joliet Junior College; and Michael Gonzales, Joliet Junior College.

Ramirez, Joliet Junior College; Juana Alvarado, Benedictine University; Leslie Newbon, Silver Cross Hospital; Alejandra Mendoza, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville; Yaritza Mendoza, Joliet Junior College; Michael Gonzales, Joliet Junior College; and Juan Gloria,  Advisor/Founder of Familias Unidas Por La Educacion. The students each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Familias Unidas por la Educacion through a grant given by The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission.  

“We are thankful to the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission,” said Juan Gloria, Advisor/Founder of Familias Unidas por la Educacion.  “Our organization is proud to work with Silver Cross to support local students on their college endeavors and hopes to increase its awareness on education by continuing to build stronger relationships within families and the community.” 

Familias Unidas por la Educacion (Families United for Education), founded in 2006, is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging educational ambition and direction in today’s youth by building family unity and leadership, especially for immigrant families and first generation college students.  The organization provides educational and training to help assist immigrant families to understand the American education system, develop leadership and organizational skills, and connect with other helpful resources for college access for first generation students.  Familias Unidas por la Educacion awards scholarships to students who demonstrate good grades and community service. With the help of Silver Cross’ Healthy Community Commission, they are able to grant new scholarships to six deserving individuals. Scholarship recipients must live within the zip codes 60432, 60433 and 60436. 

The purpose of Silver Cross’s Healthy Community Commission (HCC) is essentially to coordinate and enhance existing programs for workforce development, education and business growth with a focus on health care and construction. One of the not-for-profit organization’s main goals is to create a stronger, healthier future for Joliet.  

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 nearly 4,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 5 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital in 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. In 2013, Silver Cross provided over $48 million in charity care and other community benefits. 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). 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.

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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.