V.A. to open Outpatient Clinic on Joliet campus after Silver Cross Relocates
Joliet, IL (Aug. 24, 2011)—The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission announced today that Hines Veteran’s Administration has accepted Silver Cross Hospital’s offer to sell 4.4 acres of its Joliet campus. The existing two-story 60,000 sq. ft. Emergency Department building will be transformed into an outpatient clinic to service area veterans after Silver Cross Hospital relocates to New Lenox on Feb. 26, 2012. The new V.A. Outpatient Clinic is expected to open in March 2013 following completion of renovations.
“Silver Cross Hospital is pleased that the emergency department on the Joliet Campus will be put to good use as a Community Based Outpatient Center for veterans,” said Paul Pawlak, President and Chief Executive Officer at Silver Cross Hospital. “Healthcare for veterans will be greatly improved and we applaud the Veteran Administration’s decision to relocate and expand the clinic. I personally am delighted that Silver Cross could help make this dream come true for the many veterans in our community.”
When Silver Cross announced its plans to build a replacement hospital at I-355 and Route 6, local community leaders came together with hospital executives to form the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission. The Commission’s goal is to improve the quality of life for the residents on the eastside of Joliet through campus redevelopment, workforce development, and improving access to healthcare services. For over three years, the Healthy Community Commission has worked alongside area residents and local legislators including U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and U.S. Representatives Judy Biggert and Adam Kinzinger and to bring more services to the veteran’s in our community.
“We are thrilled that part of the Silver Cross campus in Joliet will become an outpatient health center,” said Margie Woods, Chair of the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission. “I want to thank all the members of the Commission, the Buffalo soldiers, Commander Cannup, Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson and Silver Cross Hospital for their hard work in making this happen. Our veterans deserve the best healthcare and this new clinic will be fantastic—bringing more healthcare services closer to their homes.”
To assist with the transition, Silver Cross officials are already making arrangements for the Veteran’s Administration to start onsite preparations for renovations before March 2012.
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 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 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is well underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening on Feb. 26, 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).