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Family Party Ends in Quick Trip to Homer Glen Emergency Center

Homer Glen Man with Multiple Illnesses Gets Head Injury Stitched-up at Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center

Photo caption: Homer Glen resident Tom Gatses receives care for a head injury from Randy Wilkey, paramedic, Heather Taras, M.D., emergency medicine physician, and Kathy Sanchez, R.N., at the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen.

Joliet, IL (September 28, 2010)—Parkinson’s and kidney transplant patient Tom Gatses was at a family graduation party this summer at a nearby forest preserve when he hit his head on a picnic table—cutting it open. His son and wife drove him down the street to the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center at 143rd St and Bell Rd. in Homer Glen.

tomgatses_pic“It was so comforting to receive real emergency care with absolutely no wait,” said the Homer Glen resident. “Although I was bleeding a lot, I was really impressed at how quickly the nurses and doctor took care of me.”

To complicate his injury, 63-year old Gatses suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and is a kidney transplant patient. “I was so happy that the staff considered my other health conditions as they figured out how to treat my head injury,” said Gatses.

After undergoing an initial assessment, Gatses had an X-ray which helped his healthcare team determine that he only needed stitches.

“I am forever grateful for Dr. Heather Taras’ quick action on treating my head injury,” said Gatses. “She and the entire staff were very friendly and extremely professional.”

Today Gatses is healed and back to his daily exercise routine of working out with light weights and walking.

Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center

The development of free-standing emergency centers throughout the country were in response to consumers who want more convenient ways to care for injuries and illnesses that are too serious to wait for a doctor’s appointment. Silver Cross opened the first licensed free-standing emergency care center in the State at 143rd St and Bell Rd. in Homer Glen. “In our first year of operation, we have treated over 10,000 patients with a variety of illnesses and injuries,” said Dr. Daniel Checco, Medical Director at the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center.

The Emergency Care Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and staffed by Silver Cross Hospital’s board certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses. Paramedics are onsite 24/7 at the Homer Glen Emergency Care Center to immediately transfer patients by ambulance to the nearby hospital if they need to be admitted to the hospital.

Patients can check ER wait times—if any at for both the Homer Glen Free-Standing Emergency Care Center as well as Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet.

In the same building, Silver Cross also offers MRI, CT, X-ray, Ultrasound EKG and laboratory services. And there are several physician offices including a pediatrician, podiatrist, spine and colorectal surgeons, urologists, cardiologists, and family practice physicians. For more information, call (708) 364-6337.

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 or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


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