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Silver Cross Hospital Celebrates Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Joliet, IL (May 24, 2011)— Silver Cross Hospital acknowledged Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers for their hard work and dedication to the community with a cookout outside the Emergency Department in celebration of National Emergency Medical Services Week (May 22-28). 

The Silver Cross Emergency Medical Services System is a network of fire departments, ambulance services, industrial responders, dispatch centers, training centers, hospitals and over 1,500 EMS providers, all committed to providing the highest quality of pre-hospital patient care. Together, Emergency Medical Services and Silver Cross Hospital provide primary and continuing medical education, quality assurance and administrative support to over 30 agencies and their providers.

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Pictured are Lockport Battalion Chief Dave Jerling, and Troy Galetti, Lockport Firefighter/Paramedic, with Marilyn MacBlane, EMS Operations for Silver Cross Hospital and EMS System enjoying the annual EMS cookout at Silver Cross in honor of National Emergency Medical Services Week.

Silver Cross serves the following  EMS Providers: AreoCare Air Ambulance, Alverno Ambulance Service Autobahn Country Club, Caterpillar, Inc., Channahon Fire Protection District, Citgo Corporation, Crete Township Fire Protection District, Eastcom 911 Dispatch Center, East Joliet Fire Protection District, Exxon Mobile Oil Refinery, Flint Hills Resources, Frankfort Fire Protection District, Guardian Critical Care, Homer Fire Protection District, Joliet Fire Department, Joliet 911 Dispatch Center, Kurtz Ambulance Service, Kurtz Dispatch Center, Lemont Fire Protection District, Lincolnway Dispatch Center, Lockport Fire Protection District, Manhattan Fire Protection District, Mokena Fire Protection District, Monee Fire Protection District, New Lenox Fire Protection District, Northwest Homer Fire Protection District, Plainfield Fire Protection District, Romeoville Dispatch Center, Romeoville Fire Department, Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center, South Chicago Heights Fire Department, Steger Fire Department, Troy Township Fire Protection District, Wescom 911 Dispatch Center, Will County EMA, Wilmington Fire Protection District and Will County 911.

“By serving as the resource hospital for the Silver Cross EMS System for over 30 years, Silver Cross is proud to partner with the EMS System of agencies to provide the community with quality education and best-practice delivery of care,” said Lonnie Polhemus, EMS Manager for Silver Cross Hospital.

In addition to the cookout, Silver Cross EMS System held an awards lunch to recognize those who go above and beyond the call of duty. The William E. McConnell award is also given yearly to a provider that exemplifies the passion for EMS that Dr. McConnell personified when starting the EMS system at Silver Cross Hospital. Al Bengtsson, EMS Director for Lemont Fire Protection District was awarded this year for his service.

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 seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 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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