Master Chef Shares Tips on How to Cook Healthier on June 19
Harrah’s Casino Joliet Executive Chef gives free cooking demonstration at Silver Cross Grand Opening Celebration for New Cancer Center
New Lenox, IL (June 14, 2012)—Are you interested in learning new ways to prepare healthy meals that will dazzle your family and friends? Join John Woods, Harrah’s Casino Joliet Executive Chef, for a free cooking demonstration at the grand opening of the new University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital located at I-355 and Route 6. The celebration will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the Carolyn J. Czerkies Pavilion at 1850 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.
Woods will give healthy cooking demonstrations at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Woods has been in the hospitality industry since he took a job as a cook at Nordic Hills Country Club in 1975. He worked his way up through the ranks until he became Executive Chef at the Stouffer’s Oak Brook Hotel in 1989. He has since held the Executive Chef position at hotels and resorts in the greater Chicago area. His cooking is strongly influenced by his midwestern roots and regional specialties and products are prominently featured in his repertoire.
After the cooking demonstrations, Kevin Eberhard, Joliet Park District Chief Horticulturist for the Birdhaven Greenhouse/Barber & Oberwortmann Horticultural Center, will hold free gardening demonstrations at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. In addition to the healthy living demonstrations, guests can take a tour of the Cancer Center, stroll through a large tent to purchase produce, flowers and plants at a farmer’s market, receive cancer prevention and treatment information, and enjoy complimentary healthy refreshments. Participants can register to win tickets to a Sara Evans concert as well as to Chicago White Sox and Joliet Slammers baseball games. Baseball legend Ron Kittle will sign autographs throughout the event. Advanced registration is not required. For more information, visit www.ucmcancer-sch.org.
Take a Tour
As mentioned, guests will be treated to a self-guided walking tour of the new $21.6 million, 20,000-square-foot two-story outpatient cancer-treatment center on Silver Cross Hospital’s new campus. The Cancer Center is collaboration between Silver Cross and the University of Chicago Medicine. The partnership brings University of Chicago Medicine cancer specialists and their access to advanced and investigational therapies to a community hospital setting.
The state-of-the-art facility opens to care for patients on June 25. Patients will benefit from a breadth of expertise and cutting-edge chemotherapy and radiation therapy techniques. Radiation therapy, as well as access to innovative clinical trials, is vital to the treatment of a range of cancers. The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center maintains more active clinical trials for the treatment of cancer than any other program in Illinois. To schedule an appointment, call 1-855-UCM-1400.
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 years and one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With more than 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction on a state-of-the-art replacement hospital is complete and opened on Feb. 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 www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).