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Baseball Game Interrupted with Quick Trip to Homer Glen Emergency Center

Lincoln-Way East Student’s Injured Hand Stitched-up at Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center

Joliet, IL (June 21, 2011)— Lincoln-Way East High School junior Jacob Hickey was struck in the hand by a baseball during a recent game. Instantly his hand was split open and began bleeding as a result of the impact of the ball.  Fearful of a fracture, Jacob’s parents drove him to the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center at 143rd St and Bell Rd. in Homer Glen.

fec baseballpatient 002“Although I was bleeding a lot, I was really impressed at how quickly the nurses and doctor took care of me,” said Frankfort resident Jacob Hickey. After undergoing an initial assessment, Hickey had an X-ray, which helped his healthcare team determine that he only needed stitches. 

Photo caption: Frankfort resident Jacob Hickey is pictured with Dr. Daniel Checco, M.D., Medical Director at the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen, who administered care to him after a recent baseball injury. 

Hickey’s physician was Dr. Daniel Checco, Medical Director at the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center. “Dr. Checco and the entire nursing team were great. They made me feel at ease and gave me excellent care,” Hickey said.

Sports injuries are commonly seen by the staff. “Each week we see many young people present to the emergency care center with a variety of sports injuries- from bleeding wounds to broken bones to concussions,” said Dr. Checco. “Parents can rest assured that our Hospital board-certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses are equipped to provide high-quality care for these injuries.”

“It was so comforting to receive real emergency care with almost no wait,” said Jacob’s mother Laura Hickey. “My family and I highly recommend the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen because we received excellent service and care so close to home.”

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. 

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 facility 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 surgeon, 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 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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