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Local Children Donate Band-Aids to Mend Pediatric Patients Wounds at Silver Cross Hospital

Joliet, IL (November 5, 2010)— Thinking of others comes naturally for three area children as they decided to make items and sell them at community events in order to buy Band-Aids to help care for pediatric patients at Silver Cross Hospital.

Minooka residents 12-year old Macie Connor, 10 year-old Lucy Londergon, and 7 year-old Jimmy Londergon made bookmarks, ribbon hair ties and anklets, and bandana flip flops and sold them at baseball tournaments, Minooka Farmers Market and other community events. The trio raised enough money to purchase 800 Band-Aids which were donated to the Pediatric Unit at Silver Cross Hospital.

“My daughter Lucy loves to do arts and crafts projects and this summer she started making beautiful bookmarks, so I encouraged her to sell them and donate the money to a good cause,” said Katherine Londergon, mother of Lucy and Jimmy. “Plus I felt it was important for the kids to experience the life lessons of setting a goal to create a product and a plan for where to sell the items. It was gratifying to see them so excited to use their profits towards purchasing something that will help sick children.”

bandaiddonation 4522Photo Caption: Silver Cross employee Denise Richardson, R.N.,  Silver Cross Pediatric Department, accepts over 800 Band-Aids that were donated by Minooka residents Macie Connor, Lucy Londergon, and Jimmy Londergon. They three students made book marks, ribbon hair ties and anklets, and flip flop bandanas selling them at various community events to purchase the Band-Aids for Silver Cross.

After they raised the money, the children went to Shorewood Walgreens to purchase the Band-Aids. Walgreens Manager Matt Barowsky was impressed by their project and gave them a generous discount on the Band-Aids so they could purchase even more items for the hospital. “We were so thankful to Matt and Walgreens for giving us such a large discount so we could buy more Band-Aids for children in the hospital,” said 10-year old Lucy Londergon.

“We wanted to donate to Silver Cross hospital not only because my two children were born there, but because every time we go to Silver Cross, we receive wonderful care from the doctors and nursing staff,” said Katherine Londergon.

 “Through this donation, many fellow children who are patients on our Pediatric Unit will benefit from the kind deeds of Jimmy, Lucy and Macie,” stated Larry Johnson, Vice President, Silver Cross Foundation. “Silver Cross Hospital is inspired by these young motivated fund raisers.”

State-of-the-art Pediatric Unit
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 in New Lenox, 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 new 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. In addition, most procedures 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.

The 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 www.silvercross.org.  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 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 www.silvercross.org

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