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Silver Cross Hospital Honors 500 Club Volunteers

Joliet, IL (August 3, 2011)—At a recent luncheon Silver Cross Hospital honored members of the 500 Club Volunteers who graciously donated 500 or more hours of their time in a 12 month period by working in various departments within Silver Cross Hospital.

volunteers500club june2011 001PHOTO CAPTION: Silver Cross Hospital honored members of the 500 Club Volunteers who graciously donated 500 or more hours of their time in a 12 month period by working in various departments within Silver Cross Hospital. Pictured in the front row from left to right are: Barbara Baird from Lockport; Dan Donnelly from New Lenox; and Ruth Brown from New Lenox. Back row from left to right are: Laura Valencik, Silver Cross Director of Volunteers Services; Dan Shew from Lockport; Stuart Switt from Mokena, Mary Wereldsma from Lockport; and Aric Talwar from Orland Park.  Adwardees not pictured include Brian Hutson from Lockport and Marge Persico from New Lenox.

These volunteers have worked in various parts of the hospital performing a variety of roles including: Barb Baird is a Guest Services volunteer, hospital wayfinder and Smith Pavilion Volunteer where she greets and escorts guests; Dan Donnelly is a Guest Services volunteer where he  escorts guests and assists the staff of the Guest Services department; Ruth Brown is a Same Day Surgery volunteer and Blood Drive volunteer where she greets guests, escorts and transports guests at discharge; Dan Shew is a Guest Services volunteer and a Francis Transporter where he greets guests, assists the staff of GS, escorts guests and provides discharge transport; Stuart Switt is an Endoscopy volunteer and a transporter where he greets and escorts guests, provides discharge transport and assists the Endoscopy staff; Mary Wereldsma does special projects and is a Same Day Surgery volunteer where she greets and escorts guests and transports guests at discharge; Brian Hutson is an Endoscopy volunteer, Francis Transport and wheelchair repair volunteer. He greets and escorts guests, provides discharge transport and assists the Endoscopy staff as well as keeps our wheelchairs in excellent condition; Marge Persico helps with Blood drives and is a Same Day Surgery volunteer where she greets, welcomes and keeps our guests informed; Aric Talwar is a college student at Loyola University and wants to be a physician. He is the youngest ever recipient of the 500 Club award. He volunteers in Smith Pavilion where he greets and escorts guests,  transports guest and assists with our wheelchair cleaning events.

“We appreciate the dedicated service of all of the volunteers of Silver Cross Hospital and especially wish to recognize this elite group who each has given over 500 hours of service in the past 12 months,” said Laura Valencik, Silver Cross Director of Volunteers Services.

For more information, about volunteer opportunities, visit www.silvercross.org or call (815) 740-7117.

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 www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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