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Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission Receives Friendship Award from Senior Services Center

Joliet, IL (October 6, 2010) — The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission was awarded the Friendship Award from the Senior Services Center of Will County at the Center’s 20th Annual Dinner & Silent Auction on September 24 at Harrah’s Casino.

Photo caption: Pictured are Gwen Ulmer, Community Outreach Coordinator for Silver Cross Hospital and Margie Woods, Chair of the Healthy Community Commission, with the Friendship Award from the Senior Services Center of Will County at the Center’s 20th Annual Dinner & Silent Auction on September 24 at Harrah’s Casino.

senior-services-gwen-and-margie“The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission is honored to receive the Friendship Award from the Senior Services Center of Will County,” said Margie Woods, Chair of the Healthy Community Commission. “We are proud to work together with Senior Services to improve the quality of life for area residents, particularly those of senior citizens.”

The Friendship Award recognizes organizations that have supported the Senior Services Center of Will County’s mission to enhance the lives of Will County’s senior population through its services and programs. The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission gave a $40,000 grant to the Senior Services Center to provide additional programs to enhance the lives of area senior citizens.

In addition, Silver Cross Hospital has provided the following services for several years to the Senior Services Center of Will County including quarterly blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings, Colon cancer kits, and educational programs about asthma and heart disease. In addition, Silver Cross Home Health and Senior Services employees have served as board members for the Senior Services Center of Will County.

Silver Cross’s Healthy Community Commission is a not-for-profit organization of community members.  The Commission is focusing on the re-development of the Silver Cross Hospital campus, education and workforce development, and to improve the quality life of the residents of Will County, particularly those on the east side of Joliet.

To continue to bring an unrivaled healthcare experience to patients and families of Will and South Cook Counties, Silver Cross is building a replacement hospital in New Lenox.  Construction on the state-of-the-art 289-bed hospital in 65 percent complete and slated to open in February 2010.  The new hospital has been designed to better service patients and their family members.  The large, private family-friendly rooms will be able to accommodate more procedures at the bedside and provide acuity adaptable care.  This means that each room will have the space, supplies and staff to deliver the appropriate level of care to the patient rather than transfer the patient between units as needs change—allowing patients a greater chance to heal faster and go home sooner.  To learn more about the Silver Cross replacement hospital, visit www.silvercross.org.  For regular updates, become a fan on Facebook or follow Silver Cross on Twitter.

About Senior Services Center of Will County
The Senior Services Center of Will County is dedicated to enhancing the lives of Will County's growing senior population.  As a not-for profit agency 501(c)(3), Senior Services Center has been providing services and programs to the area's senior citizens and their families since 1967. The Center's mission is to enhance the quality of life for older persons, help maintain the wellness and the independence of older persons, and to help avoid or lessen isolation and loneliness. This is being accomplished through a variety of interactive programs, classes, activities, and rewarding volunteer opportunities. For more information, please contact us at: 815-723-9713

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.  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 is underway 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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