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Silver Cross Hospital Supports Will County WorkForce Development Summer Internships

Joliet, IL (September 22, 2010)— For two months Silver Cross Hospital has supported the Will County Workforce Development Internship Program that is administered by the Workforce Investment Board of Will County and part of the Illinois Y.E.S. Initiative program.

PHOTO CAPTION: Students from the Will County Workforce Development Internship Program are pictured with Silver Cross employees. Front row: Rebecca Moffett, Shante Graham, Chandra Taylor, Iesha Gregory, Andrelenna Grant and Olga Martinez, Administrative Coordinator Nursing,  Back row: Dan Thomas, Director Environmental Services; Josh Perryman, Assistant Director Environmental Services; Lavelle Burns, Cynthia Crosby, Supervisor, Environmental Services; Pam Davis, Clinical Coordinator Chemical Dependenc;, Mary Furst, Office Coordinator Chemical Dependency; Cathy Guzik, Counselor, Chemical Dependency, Chuck Zuehlke, Director, Nutrition Services; and Laura Valencik, Director, Volunteer Services.  Participants in the progam not pictured include Carlica Bew, Cheonte Blackmon and Velma Parrish.  Silver Cross employees not pictured include Connie Machetta, Clinical Infomatics Analyst, Kyle Nelson, Director, Building Services; and Margaret Rodeghero, Director, Medical Affairs.

internswork-forcedev0477“The interns were offered a valuable experience and great opportunity allowing them real insight into careers in healthcare. And we were happy to have extra help in various departments throughout the hospital,” said Laura Valencik, Director of Volunteer Services for Silver Cross Hospital.

“Silver Cross is committed to participate in this internship program as it supports workforce development in our communities,” said Linda Thill, Director of Human Resources for Silver Cross Hospital. “We appreciate our leaders Dan Thomas, Josh Perryman, Cynthia Crosby, Pam Davis, Mary Furst, Cathy Guzik, Olga Martinez, Kyle Nelson, Margaret Rodeghero, Connie Machetta, Laura Valencik, Chuck Zuehlke, who have actively supported this program.” 

The Illinois Y.E.S. Initiative is a program made possible by the funds available from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The Illinois Department of Human Services is the responsible state agency and Workforce Services Division of Will County is its authorized agent administering this program.  The program is intended to provide meaningful work at local participating work sites that agree to mentor and supervise the worker-trainees to ensure skill and experience acquisition adequate to pursue employment. Silver Cross Hospital is one of 35 work sites participating in this year’s program which has so far put to work 133 unemployed or underemployed parents (ages 16-24) of minor children and youth ages 16 through 24.

About Workforce Investment Board of Will County
The Workforce Investment Board of Will County plays a key role in the economic development of our County.  The Board brings together a myriad of employment, training, and educational services, transforming them into a comprehensive and easily accessed system that supports the development of a world-class workforce.  The Board builds the workforce system to develop quality employees for employers and to develop quality opportunities for employees.  This system makes it easy for business to make connections with a qualified pool of applicants and to access other workforce development services.  This system is also intended to make it easy for people to learn about and access a broad range of employment, education, and related services.

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 the last six consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 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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