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Silver Cross Supports Disability Mentor Day

Joliet, IL (October 26, 2010)- In coordination with the Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living, Silver Cross Hospital hosted students from Joliet Central High School during a visit to the hospital on Disability Mentoring Day.

The goal of Disability Mentoring Day is to dispel employers' fears and reluctance to hire people with disabilities. It also gives students confidence and an opportunity to get actual work experience.

disabilitymentoringday4609PHOTO: Christopher Rhein, Joliet Central High School student is pictured with Joe Ulfig, Manager of Power Plant and Maintenance at Silver Cross Hospital, during a visit to the hospital on Disability Mentoring Day.

“We are thrilled to support Disability Mentoring Day by giving students hands on experience in the healthcare industry,” said Larry Johnson, Vice President of Foundation at Silver Cross Hospital.

Disability Mentoring Day began in 1999 and is held in conjunction with Disability Employment Awareness Month (October) each year. Disability Mentoring Day has grown into an international success, it is estimated that well over 10,000 individuals with disabilities job shadowed during these events throughout the world.

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 six consecutive.  With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices.  Construction is underway 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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