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Silver Cross Holds Housewarming for New Hospital Feb. 12

Community invited to take a tour of the 289-bed facility in New Lenox

Joliet, IL (Jan 3, 2012)—Silver Cross invites the entire community to come in out of the cold and warm up in the new Hospital at I-355 and Route 6.  A Housewarming Party will be held Sunday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  Parking will be available onsite with complimentary trolley shuttle service to the main entrance. 

trs_1783_newConstruction began on the $370 million replacement hospital in 2009.  The 6-story facility was 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 289-bed 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.  When the new hospital opens at 7 a.m. on Feb. 26, patients and families will also benefit from new technology and expanded services through partnerships with renowned academic centers including Children’s Memorial Hospital, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and most recently, the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC).  UCMC and Silver Cross are currently building an outpatient cancer center that will open in April 2012 on the New Lenox campus.

“We are building on our century old commitment to the Will County community by relocating our seven-time 100 Top Hospital care to a state-of-the-art facility that will serve future generations,” said Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital.

Take a Tour
Guests will be treated to a 45-minute self-guided walking tour through several areas in the hospital including the emergency department, imaging, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, private medical-surgical patient rooms, Women and Infant Services Birthing Center, Intensive Care Unit, and the new Procedural Care Unit, which consolidates surgery, endoscopy and interventional cardiology and radiology procedures into one integrated area. 

“This is your opportunity to get a sneak peek before we open our doors on Feb. 26,” said Pawlak.  “We will take you into areas that most people never have a chance to see such as the operating room and interventional core which includes the cath lab, interventional radiology lab, electrophysiology suite where doctors repair fast beating hearts and insert pacemakers, and where our brand new biplane angiography imaging system will be located to treat patients with strokes later this summer.”

Visitors will also be able to see the hospital’s newest technology—the Davinci, which is a robotic surgical system designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The system is controlled by a surgeon from a console and commonly used for  prostatectomies, cardiac valve repair and gynecologic surgical procedures. 

Entertainment, Contests and Slammers Trophy
Guests will have an opportunity to win a Sony Bloggie Touch video camera by entering the “Name the Robot” Contest.  The winner of the $1,000 Save Your Baby’s Due Date drawing will be announced.  And, there will plenty of musical entertainment and performance artists including the Eloquence Singers from Carl Sandburg High School from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Joliet Folk Lorico Dancers from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., Lincoln Way West High School Choir, from 2 to 3 p.m. and the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Music Ministry from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

At the end of the tour, participants can meet the Joliet Slammers’ mascots—Spikes and J.L. Bird, and view the 2011 Frontier League Championship Cup.  

Due to space limitations, reservations are highly recommended for the free grand opening event.  Secure your tour time at www.silvercross.org/newhospital and be entered in a raffle to win a KINDLE FIRE. 

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