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Countdown Begins: Just 1 Year until Silver Cross Replacement Hospital Opens

Relocating 100 Top Hospital Care to New Lenox February 2012

Joliet, IL (Feb 18, 2011)—The drywall is up.  The electrical, plumbing and mechanical equipment have been installed.   And several of the patient rooms already have a coat of paint. With 80% of the construction completed, plans are well underway to open the $400 million Silver Cross Replacement Hospital next year at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. Patients will move in on Feb. 26, 2012

“We are on schedule and under budget,” Paul Pawlak, Silver Cross Hospital President and CEO says of the construction.   “Even with the recession still troubling the nation, this is an exciting time for healthcare in Will County.  Not only is the new medical campus creating over 250 local jobs, but we are building on our six time 100 Top Hospitals performance to further enhance quality healthcare in the region.”

2011_0105_sch exterior_cam05Each year, the 100 Top Hospitals National award is given to only 100 hospitals throughout the country that have achieved excellence across several areas—not just in one specialty like other awards.  This broad spectrum encompasses clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, financial performance and operational efficiency.  Only the highest performing hospitals are named to the 100 Top Hospitals list year after year.  In fact, Silver Cross is the only hospital in Illinois to win this award every year for the last 6 years.   The 100 Top Hospitals award is the most prestigious award a hospital can receive.

Relocating 100 Top Hospital Care
In the next year, Silver Cross staff will be taking this ‘100 Top Care’ and relocating it to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility to make the patient-family experience even better.  The impressive 6-story hospital is being built using evidence-based design, which has been proven to help in the healing process and contribute to a speedier recovery for patients.   Some of the many ways that evidence-based design has been integrated into the replacement hospital is with large, private patient rooms, natural and enhanced lighting, sound and noise control, cheerful yet calming colors, ties to nature, bedside care and dedicated family areas. 

“Several of the design elements have been proven to provide better quality outcomes and higher patient satisfaction,” says Peggy Gricus, Vice President of Patient Care at Silver Cross. “For example, reducing hospital noise can improve patient recovery and sleep time and reduce depression.  And factors such as increased sunlight in patient rooms, views of nature, artwork, and even music also reduce patient stress can lead to improved patient outcomes.”

sch_new_lenox_1-21-11_076Some Silver Cross patients and family members are already getting a sneak peak at the hospital of the future.  Silver Cross has created a “mock patient room” inside the current Joliet hospital retrofitting it to the very last detail.  “By trying-out the latest equipment, furniture and amenities now, we have been able to make necessary changes before we build-out all 289 patient rooms in the new hospital,” said Gricus.  “We want to build the safest and most efficient rooms that will allow us to give the best possible care to our patients and their family members.” 

Just like all the rooms in the new hospital, the mock-room has been designed to be acuity-adaptable, which means that the room has 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. And soon, staff will begin performing some procedures at the bedside such as EEGs, carotid ultrasounds and echo cardiograms in the mock-room. Bringing more care to the bedside will be commonplace in the new hospital.

Now Open on the New Lenox Campus
Even before the mock-room existed, patients have had an opportunity to experience many of the new healing elements in the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health.  The spa-like Center opened in the fall of 2009 in the medical office building on the replacement hospital campus.  Offering a variety of healthcare services, the Center for Women’s Health is designed around a woman’s needs and lifestyle and includes the latest breast cancer testing available—full field digital mammography, as well as breast ultrasound and breast biopsies, bone densitometry and baseline heart screenings.

“Diagnostic test results are available the same day as your appointment and screening results within just 24 hours,” said Marci Vasiliades, Manager at the Center for Women’s Health. “And before a woman ever leaves the Center, she has the opportunity to consult with a board certified radiologist or meet with a certified breast health nurse to assist with the next steps in her care. We even have a hotline patients can call to hear her screening mammography results helping to alleviate any anxiety.”

Along with advanced testing services, women can also see top-notch specialists from University of Chicago at the Center including a reproductive endocrinologist and a urogynecologist specializing in incontinence and pelvic medicine.  There is also a pelvic rehabilitation therapist from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross as well as a breast cancer support group that meets monthly in the Lobby of the women’s center.  For more information about the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or visit www.Imatter.silvercross.org or call (815) 300-6350.

In addition to the Silver Cross Center  for Women’s Health, the two-story building is also the home to the Children’s Memorial Outpatient Center, Hinsdale Orthopaedics Associates, Partners in Obstetrics and Women’s Health, Advanced Eye Care and Spectrum Eye Institute, and Will County Medical Associates. 

A second medical services building will open in early 2012 offering hospital outpatient services such as testing, dialysis, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, physical, occupational and speech therapy, wound and diabetes care. There will also be even more physician offices including Advanced Urology Associates, S.C., BMI Surgery, C&R Medical Associates, Cardinal Sleep Disorder Centers of America, ENT Surgical Consultants, Ltd., Heartland Cardiovascular Center, Kathleen McCahill, M.D., Southwest Suburban Neurological Surgery, Midwest Respiratory Ltd., Mohammad Toor, MD, Northeast Nephrology Consultants, Ltd., Progressive Surgical Associates, S.C., and Zafer Jawich, M.D.  This 5-story building is located between the hospital and the medical office building and connects all three.

Partnerships with Top Academic Medical Centers
Not only is Silver Cross building a state-of-the-art hospital, but the hospital has expanded its partnership with Children’s Memorial to bring 32 pediatric specialists to the new campus. And last year, Silver Cross teamed-up with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago to manage all inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation care.  Most recently, Silver Cross joined forces with the University of Chicago Medical Center to open a $21.6 million cancer treatment center on the new campus.

“When the 2-story cancer center opens in spring of 2012, patients will soon have the best of both worlds,” said Pawlak. “The Cancer Center will provide patients and their families with convenient access to University of Chicago Medical Center’s specialists and advanced therapies in a brand new facility close to home.   

The University of Chicago Medical Center has consistently been ranked as one of the best cancer hospitals in U.S. News and World Report.  In addition, UCMC is one of only two hospitals in Illinois designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute and offers more clinical trials than any other hospital in the Chicago area.

In the University of Chicago Cancer Center at Silver Cross, patients will have access to clinical trials, medical oncologists and UCMC specialists, chemotherapy, infusion services, radiation therapy, cancer support groups, preventative screenings, clinical trials, and a comprehensive resource center.  The Center will have a new generation linear accelerator.  TruBeam™ uses image guided radiation therapy to provide the safest and most accurate results. 

The Cancer Center will be located next to the medical office building already opened on the Silver Cross Replacement campus.  HSA, the same real estate developer that built the first medical office building, will lease the 20,000 sq ft. facility to UCMC and Silver Cross.  HSA plans to break ground in spring 2011.   

To learn more about the Silver Cross Replacement Hospital, visit www.silvercross.org.  Regular updates are also available on Facebook and Twitter.  For a referral to a physician on staff at Silver Cross Hospital, call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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