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Silver Cross Recognizes “Top Docs” for Outstanding Patient Satisfaction

25 Physicians Rank in the top 1% of hospitals nationwide

New Lenox, IL (Oct. 30, 2012)—Silver Cross recently recognized 33 physicians on the hospital’s medical staff for outstanding patient satisfaction from July 2011 through June 2012.

“The Top Docs ranked in the top 1% compared to all other physicians throughout the country,” says Paul Pawlak, President/CEO of Silver Cross Hospital. “It is because of the service and care these doctors provide, Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers.” 

According to our patients, these doctors rank in the Top 1% in the country for patient satisfaction: 

         Name                                                                Specialty                                              Office Location

Diana Burda, M.D.                                           Internal Medicine                                            Homer Glen

Patricia Clark, M.D.                                         General Surgery                                              New Lenox

Mark Danielson, M.D.                                     General Surgery                                              Joliet

William Farrell, M.D.                                       Orthopedic Surgery                                         New Lenox

Reza Gamagami, M.D.                                  General Surgery                                               New Lenox

Francisco Garcini, M.D.                                 Obstetrics/Gynecology                                    New Lenox

Nicole Gress, M.D.                                         Obstetrics/Gynecology                                    New Lenox

Joseph Hindo, M.D.                                        Internal Medicine                                             Joliet

Thomas Hurley, M.D.                                     Neurosurgery                                                    New Lenox

Christopher Joyce, M.D.                                Bariatric & General Surgery                           New Lenox

Hysoo Ka-Widmann, M.D.                            Obstetrics/Gynecology                                    New Lenox

Paul Kirchner, D.P.M.                                     Podiatric Surgery                                             New Lenox

Timothy Kisla, D.O.                                        Ophthalmology                                                 New Lenox

Brian Lahmann, M.D.                                    Bariatric & General Surgery                            New Lenox

Eligijus Lelis, M.D.                                         Ophthalmology                                                 New Lenox

Matthew McCormick, M.D.                            Emergency Medicine                                       New Lenox

Kimberly Mitchell, M.D.                                 Emergency Medicine                                        New Lenox

Mark Moran, M.D.                                          Orthopedic Surgery                                           New Lenox

Corinne Nawrocki, D.O.                               Family Practice                                                 New Lenox

Boris Nulman, M.D.                                       Pain Management & Anesthesiology          New Lenox

Jose Penaherrera, M.D.                               Internal Medicine                                             Joliet

Gamilah Pierre, M.D.                                    Obstetrics/Gynecology                                   New Lenox

Timothy Russell, D.O.                                   Emergency Medicine                                     New Lenox

Rick Singh, D.O.                                             Family Practice                                                New Lenox

Heather Taras, M.D.                                      Emergency Medicine                                      New Lenox 

In addition, these doctors rank in the Top 10% in the country for patient satisfaction: 

Habib Abbasi, M.D.                                       Emergency Medicine                                     Joliet

Vlad Badescu, M.D.                                       Internal Medicine                                            Lemont/Manhattan       

Eric Bass, M.D.                                              Colorectal Surgery                                          Joliet

Michael DeMaertelaere, D.O.                      Family Practice                                               Frankfort

Adam Lee, D.O.                                             Emergency Medicine                                     New Lenox

Douglas Lee, M.D.                                       Gastroenterology                                             New Lenox

Silvio Morales, Jr., M.D.                               Emergency Medicine                                      New Lenox

Silver Cross regularly surveys all patients at the hospital and benchmarks its performance against over 2,000 hospitals using the Press Ganey patient satisfaction process.  As part of the survey, patients are asked to rank their physician on several indicators including the time the physician spent with the patient, the physician’s concern for patients’ questions and worries, how well he/she kept the patient informed, friendliness and courtesy of the physician, and the skill of the physician. 

For more information about these or any other physicians on staff at Silver Cross, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).  Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff provide care to patients in Will, Grundy and Southwest Cook County.  These specialized and highly trained physicians are not employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They determine independently, based on their training and experience, the appropriate medical care for each patient.  Their services are separate from the charges for hospital facilities and support staff and are billed separately by the physician or medical group with which the physician is affiliated.  

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; one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers and was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group. 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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Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.