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Childerguild to Recognize Dr. Joseph Karcavich & Russ Slinkard at Annual Ball Nov. 17

New Lenox, IL (October 16, 2012)—The Childerguild will host its 84th annual Ball Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park.  The evening’s festivities will include the presentation of the Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence for Healthcare to Dr. Joseph Karcavich and the Silver Cross Sangmeister Medal of Excellence for Community Service to community leader Russ Slinkard.

The Childerguild Ball will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing. Tickets are $200 per person and include an open bar. Black-tie is optional. Childerguild’s proceeds from this year’s event will be used to benefit women’s and children’s programs and services at the new Silver Cross Hospital. Call the Silver Cross Foundation at (815) 740-7105 to make reservations. 

For over 100 years, Childerguild has served Silver Cross Hospital by raising funds to support and serve women and children. The annual tradition of the Childerguild Ball began in 1928 as a fundraiser for the Obstetrics and Pediatrics departments at Silver Cross Hospital, and keeps going strong thanks to the commitment of the members of Childerguild and to the many friends of the hospital who contribute to make this event a great success year after year. This year Barbara Steffes is chairing the Ball. Her committee includes: Adele Adams, Carole DeBenedetti, Robin Hartney, Karen Hughes, Pam Resutko, Cindy Studer, and Carole Ziemke. 

Sehring Medal of Excellence Honoring Dr. Joseph Karcavich

karcavich josephThe Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence, honoring the memory of George H. Sehring, M.D.—a dedicated physician who served the community for more than 40 years, recognizes the accomplishments of an outstanding individual for service to the health care profession.  Past recipients include Mark Danielson, M.D., Ernesto “Ernie” Tan, Dr. Al and Kay Ray, Tom Streitz, D.D.S., Daniel Gutierrez, M.D., Richard Tarizzo, M.D., Wylie Mullen, M.D., Samuel Goldhaber, M.D., Lora McGuire, R.N., Bun Siu Co, M.D, Keyton Nixon, and Irving “Bill” Rudman, M.D. 

This year’s recipient is family medicine physician Joseph Karcavich, M.D.   Dr. Karcavich has diligently served the healthcare community for over 40 years. Throughout his 39 years at Silver Cross Hospital, he has shared his expertise as a leader serving as Chairman on the Silver Cross Hospital Utilization Committee, Vice-Chair of Family Practice, and Department Chairman on the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee. During the early years of his career, he worked hard making house calls, delivering babies and even assisting with surgeries. He has always been willing to extend himself for his patients and fellow physicians, as well as the residents of his community. 

Over the years, Dr. Karcavich has volunteered with several community organizations. He was on the original Board of the Will Grundy Medical Clinic. This Board helped the Clinic get up and running, watched it grow and assist patients who were really having tough times in their lives. In addition, he served on the Criteria Care Committee of the Quad River Foundation where he collaborated with hospitals and community business leaders. Further, he volunteered his time on the Board of Directors for the Mother Theresa Nursing Home, and was President of the Will-Grundy County Medical Society, as well as Chairman of the Will-Grundy Chapter of the Illinois Academy of Family Practice.

“Dr. Karcavich’s dedication to Silver Cross Hospital and this community through his many volunteer efforts makes him a deserving recipient of the Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence Award,” said Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital.  “For his countless hours of service, we are truly grateful.” 

Sangmeister Medal of Excellence Honoring Russ Slinkard

russslinkardThe Silver Cross Sangmeister Medal of Excellence will also be awarded at the Childerguild Ball.  This Medal of Excellence is named after the late U.S. Congressman George E. Sangmeister, the medal’s first recipient, and is awarded to a leading citizen recognized for competence, service and dedication in a field other than healthcare that contributes to the common good.  The recipient exemplifies the values of caring service that is the cornerstone of Silver Cross Hospital.  Past recipients include Bob Rogina, James “Jim” Fagan, Val Rand, J.D. Ross, Frank Turk, Jr., Doug Hutchison, Gladys Fox, LaVerne and Dorothy Brown, Frank Margaron, Pam Heavens, Rev. Isaac Singelton Sr., and John Leach. 

This year’s recipient is Russ Slinkard. Russ Slinkard is an outstanding example of a person who unselfishly has given many hours of his time to help others and improve the quality of life of Will County residents. After a successful career as a minister, Russ made a career change to see if he could make it in business. He held various roles at the Illinois Bell Telephone Company in Marketing and Public Affairs. Later, he worked at First National Bank of Joliet and Three Rivers Manufacturers Association. Currently, Russ works as the President/CEO of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Under his innovative leadership, the Chamber has flourished. 

Throughout Russ’ life, he has been known as a dedicated community activist. For over 35 years, he has volunteered hundreds of hours of his time to numerous area organizations including the United Way of Will County where he has held various roles as Board President, Campaign Chair, and member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. In addition he has worked with the Center for Economic Development (CED) during the 1980’s. He was one of the charter members for the CED and served on its Board for 11 years. Further, for over 24 years Russ has been actively involved volunteering for Silver Cross Hospital. He has served on the Hospital’s Board of Trustees. Not only is Russ a champion for quality healthcare and business growth, but he also volunteered his time to improving education in the Joliet schools. Through his work with the Joliet Junior College, Russ assisted in bringing a big business perspective to the college’s Board of Directors. 

“Russ Slinkard provides a wonderful example of service to the community in which he resides,” comments Pawlak.  “Through his leadership and insight, he has contributed in countless ways to improve the communities in Will County and the lives of its residents. 

About Childerguild

Founded in 1910, by 13 benevolent women who had no children of their own, Childerguild was formed to benefit the obstetrics and pediatrics departments at Silver Cross Hospital. 

In the early years, Childerguild raised funds through private donations and by hosting card parties.  The members took a hands-on approach to this organization by sewing layettes and clown dolls for the pediatric patients at Silver Cross.  During the war years, members knitted sweaters for the military and gave financial support to the American Red Cross, Navy League and the Salvation Army.  As ardent supporters of the children in our community, Childerguild also made contributions to the Herald News free milk fund and the local community chest. 

Today, Childerguild raises funds by hosting their annual Ball and by operating the hospital’s gift shop.  Funds raised by Childerguild supports the hospital’s Women and Infant Services Birthing Center. For the past 102 years, the local charitable organization has donated more than $2.3 million to support women’s and children’s services at Silver Cross Hospital. In the spring of 2012, the organization made a $50,000 payment against their pledge of $250,000 to fund the Post Partum unit in the new Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox and provided over $55,000 to purchase medical items for the Maternal Child departments. 

The Childerguild Gift Shop is open Monday through Saturday and is located in the lobby at new Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.  Customers are offered many unique items in the Childerguild Gift Shop, which features distinctive gifts, jewelry, unique handbags, toys, books and boutique baby clothes.  For more information, call the Silver Cross Volunteer Services Department at (815) 740-7117. For more information about Childerguild, call Silver Cross Volunteer Services at (815) 740-7117. 

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; 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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