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Silver Cross Receives $10,000 Donation from Grainger Foundation for Replacement Hospital Pediatric Unit

Joliet, IL (August 04, 2010)—The Grainger Foundation presented a check for $10,000 to the Silver Cross Foundation in support of the Silver Cross Replacement Hospital Pediatric Unit.

This donation was recommended by Tommy Kersting, Director of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s distribution center in Minooka (scheduled to open in 2012). Grainger has been part of the business community in the greater Chicago-land area for more than 80 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products. “We are proud to support the programs offered by Silver Cross Hospital,” said Kersting. “We understand the need to support the children and families who are afflicted with illness.”

grainger-foundation“Through this donation, pediatric patients at the Replacement Hospital will be able to heal faster as a result of our enhanced patient care and state-of-the-art facilities that will be available at the new campus,” stated Larry Johnson, Vice President, Silver Cross Foundation. “These improvements will provide an even better experience for our patients and their families. We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.”

Silver Cross Hospital is in the process of building a replacement hospital at the intersection of U.S. Route 6 and the I-355 extension, three short miles from its current campus, to ensure it can continue its mission of providing healthcare to all area residents for the next century. The Hospital will have 289-beds and be over 600,000 square feet. The project is on schedule and will open in February 2012

The new pediatric unit in the Replacement Hospital is licensed for 8 beds. Each large private, patient room has been designed to be acuity-adaptable, which means that the space, supplies and staff will be available in the room to deliver the appropriate level of care to the patient rather than transfer the patient between units as needs change. And, procedures such as IV starts, wound care, culture collection, breathing treatments, and pulse oximetry monitoring, can be performed at the bedside.

In addition, each pediatric room will include wireless internet, 30” flat screen TV system, and family-friendly décor with decorative colored lighting that can be controlled by the patient. There will also be a comfortable sofa-sleeper so parents can stay around the clock to support their child and be involved in the plan of care. A multi-purpose room will also be available for education and family time, as well as a parent lounge.

grainger-foundation2The unit will include two pediatric high visibility rooms that will be located directly across from the nurse’s station. The rooms will have a video-monitoring feature for safety, especially when the parents are unable to be at the bedside and multiple sets of secured doors in conjunction with a security system for infant/child protection.

Silver Cross will continue to partner with Children’s Memorial Hospital for 24/7 pediatrician coverage to care for patients in the Pediatric Unit. Children’s Memorial also has an outpatient center on the replacement hospital campus that opened last summer offering numerous pediatric specialist and other services.

For more information about the Silver Cross Replacement Hospital, visit To assist the area’s only community hospital in its initiative to bring state-of-the-art lifesaving services close to home, call the Silver Cross Foundation at (815) 740-7105.

About W.W. Grainger, Inc.
The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois,
was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital, a not-for-profit health care provider, has been creating world-class health care experiences for the southwest suburban communities for over a century. Silver Cross has been recognized as one of our nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters for six consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. For information on Silver Cross Hospital call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or visit



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