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Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission provides Scholarships to the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties

Joliet, IL (August 25, 2011)— The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission announced the recipients of the Dr. Daniel Gutierrez Scholarship by awarding $5,000 worth of scholarships to the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties (HLC). Five $1,000 scholarships were given to these five students: Erika Arteaga, Joliet Junior College; Rachel Esparza, University of St. Francis; Jose Marquez, Lewis University; Edgar Reyes, Benedictine University; Sara Vargas, Illinois State University.

hispaniclatinocoalhccscholarship 001Photo caption: Pictured are Jose Marquez, Lewis University; Edgar Reyes, Benedictine University; Rachel Esparza, University of St. Francis; and Sara Vargas, Illinois State University. Not present Erika Arteaga, Joliet Junior College. These students all received a Dr. Daniel Gutierrez $1,000 Scholarship from the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties through a grant given by the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission.

“The HLC is again proud to work with Silver Cross to support local students on their college endeavors and hopes to increase it awareness on education by continuing to build stronger relationships within the community,” Bryan Schroeder, President of the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties.

In order to qualify for the Dr. Daniel Gutierrez Scholarship, students must be of Hispanic/Latino decent, be a first generation college student, be enrolled at Joliet Township High Schools, and be a high school senior or college freshman. With the help of the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission, the Hispanic/Latino Coalition awards scholarships to students who demonstrate good grades and community service. Scholarship recipients must live within the zip codes 60432, 60433 and 60436.

“Receiving this scholarship was such a nice surprise because it really has helped me afford to attend college. Since both of my parents did not go to college or finish high school, I’m really excited to be the first generation in my family to attend university,” said scholarship recipient Sara Vargas, who is a freshman majoring in political science at Illinois State University.

“Naming this scholarship after Dr. Gutierrez is a great honor to someone who has dedicated himself to the Joliet community and to the eastside of Joliet,” said Margie Woods, Chair of the Healthy Community Commission.

Born and raised on Joliet’s Eastside, Dr. Gutierrez began his medical career while attending Joliet Township High School, serving as a surgical orderly at Silver Cross Hospital.  He graduated in 1963 from University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago with his medical degree.  He completed his internal medicine residency at Hines Veterans Hospital before heading off to Malawi in central Africa to serve as a medical missionary.  Dr. Gutierrez was then sent to Vietnam with the U.S. Army where he tended to wounded soldiers and staffed medical clinics for South Vietnamese citizens.  In 1972, he returned home and set-up private practice on the Silver Cross Hospital campus, where he practiced internal medicine for nearly 30 years. He retired in the fall of 2007, and is Past Chairman of Silver Cross Hospital’s Board of Directors.  In addition to his role on the  Hospital’s Board of Directors, Dr. Gutierrez has served on the Silver Cross Medical Staff in various leadership positions including Chief of Staff.  In recent years, the Joliet Chamber of Commerce and Industry, National Hook-up of Black Women, Joliet Junior College and Silver Cross Hospital have honored him for his commitment to community service.

“The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission is honored to award the Dr. Daniel Gutierrez Scholarship to 5 deserving area students, who will ideally use Dr. Gutierrez’s life as a model to achieve their own career aspirations,” said Woods.

About the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission
The purpose of Silver Cross’s Healthy Community Commission (HCC) is essentially to coordinate and enhance existing programs for workforce development, education and business growth with a focus on health care and construction. One of the not-for-profit organization’s main goals is to create a stronger, healthier future for Joliet. 

About the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties
The purpose of the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties (HLC) is to develop collaborative partnerships to increase access to information, resources, and services for the Hispanic Latino community.  In December of 2010, HLC acquired its 501(c)3 non-for profit status in which would help in raising additional funds to provide more financial aid to local Latino youth in the areas served by the HLC.  On May 6, 2011 the HLC had great success with its First Annual HLC Cinco de Mayo Scholarship Fundraiser Event held at Azteca de Oro in Joliet.  For more information, visit www.hlcwgc.org or call Maria Herrera, HLC’s Secretary and Scholarship Co-Chair for the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties, at 815-725-3491 x2217.

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 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening on Feb. 26, 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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