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Silver Cross Receives $2,500 Donation from CARA’s Buckle Up Baby Program for Hospital Birthing Center

Joliet, IL (September 20, 2010)—During pre-race ceremonies at the Chicagoland Speedway, the Championship Auto Racing Auxiliary (CARA) “Buckle Up Baby” program presented a car seat and check for $2,500 to Silver Cross Hospital’s Birthing Center to purchase additional car seats for needy families on August 28.

cara-foundationPhoto Caption: Al Speyer, Director of Motorsports for Bridgestone/Firestone, Denise Wilhelmi, RN, Silver Cross Birthing Center, Larry Murphy, Detroit Red Wings Hockey Hall of Famer and Firestone Firehawk during the pre-race ceremonies at the CARA (Championship Auto Racing Auxiliary) Charities “Buckle Up Baby” program at the Chicagoland Speedway.

CARA Charities “Buckle Up Baby” program has donated approximately $1,000,000 to children’s hospitals and clinics over the past 17 years with the assistance of the Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund.

“The donation will be used by Silver Cross to purchase car seats for newborns coming home from the hospital,” said Cher Johnson, Board of Directors at CARA Charities. “Many families cannot afford infant car seats although it is the law. Through the $2,500 donation it is our hope to assist deserving families with this expense.”

Silver Cross was chosen to receive the donation for the quality care and commitment it has shown to the Joliet area. This year it earned its sixth consecutive Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals award, one of only five hospitals in the nation to do so.

“Through this donation, deserving families will be able to safely transport their newborn babies home from the hospital,” stated Larry Johnson, Vice President, Silver Cross Foundation. “We are grateful to CARA Charities “Buckle Up Baby” program for its generosity in helping us care for the residents of our community.”

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 Birthing Center at Replacement Hospital will feature 30 large private, patient rooms 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 can be performed at the bedside as needed. The Birthing Center will feature mother/baby couplet care; the same nurse caring for the mother as well as the baby, which improves continuity and communication between the patient, her nurse and her physicians. The Birthing Center will also feature an admission and holding nursery and a special care nursery with eight infant care centers, a lactation consultation lounge, and an education conference room. It will also include three nesting rooms, an isolation nursery and treatment room. The Labor & Delivery unit will include 12 spacious rooms, with an 8 bed triage, two operating room suites, four bed recovery rooms, and an outpatient testing clinic located in the medical service building.

In addition, each room will include wireless internet, 30” flat screen TV system, and family-friendly décor that can be controlled by the patient. There will also be a comfortable sofa-sleeper so family members can stay around the clock and be involved in the plan of care.

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.



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