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Advisory Board Gives $50,000 to Silver Cross Hospital

Joliet, IL (May 25, 2012)— The Advisory Board recently gave Silver Cross $50,000to purchase blanket warmer cabinets for patients at the new hospital located at I-355 and Rt. 6 in New Lenox.

The Advisory Board raises funds for Silver Cross Hospital by operating a resale shop the Encore Shop which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. In honor of the 50th anniversary, the group gave the hospital a $5,000 gift.

4.17.12 013Photo caption: l-r: Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital accepts a check from Nancy Allen, Advisory Board Past President for $50,000 to purchase blanket warmer cabinets at the new hospital.

Over the past 11 years, the Advisory Board has donated more than $936,744 to Silver Cross for the purchase of X-ray equipment for the Emergency Department, ICU beds, laptop computers for Home Health nurses, dialysis and mammography equipment, surgery carts and instruments, cardiac software, and a new pick-up truck used to maintain the grounds of the hospital campus.  The group recently completed a $75,000 pledge to purchase the water feature in the Dralle Serenity Garden outside the new Silver Cross Hospital which opened Feb. 26, 2012.

In 1851, 15 women from the hospital's founding organization--Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons, were chosen to be the Board of Lady Managers. In 1935, they changed their name to the Advisory Board. Their mission was to raise money for construction and to advise on the formation of the hospital, which opened in 1895.

After many fund raising events, in 1961 the Advisory decided to open a resale shop, called the Encore Shop, in a two-story house across the street from the former Emergency Room. Friends, family, hospital employees and the community keep the Encore Shop in business through contributions of clothing, household items, antiques and collectibles.

Recently the following individuals were elected as Advisory Board Officers: Nancy Allen, President; Kay Hegarty, Vice President; Roberta Rand, Second Vice President; Marilyn Plese, Recording Secretary; Annie Cardwell, Corresponding Secretary; Elaine Boros, Board Treasurer and Kay Collins, Shop Treasurer.

About the Encore Shop

If you’re looking to donate gently used seasonal decorations, adult and children’s clothing, household items, or books, the Silver Cross Hospital resale shop—the Encore Shop is now accepting donations and welcomes shoppers. The Encore Shop is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations can be dropped off at the Encore Shop in Joliet which is located on Walnut Street just north of the former Silver Cross Hospital Emergency Department. For more information, call either the Encore Shop at (815) 300-7642 or Volunteers Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117. 

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 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 289-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices and recently opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 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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