Silver Cross Celebrates Replacement Hospital with Flag Raising Ceremony
Joliet, IL (July 01, 2010)—Silver Cross Hospital reached another milestone with the completion of the Replacement Hospital building’s exterior at the Flag Raising Ceremony held June 16 at the New Lenox campus. Area residents, local legislative representatives, physicians, 30-year plus hospital employees and cherished benefactors attended this event which marked the half way point to opening Silver Cross’ new campus of healing. Event marks completion of exterior construction and half way point to opening of new hospital.
“We are celebrating the completion of the outer shell and the roof of the hospital, and appreciate the beautiful structure that will serve Will County for years to come,” said Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital. “We promised to build on our commitment of providing 100 Top healthcare… and that is exactly what this new facility will allow us to do.”
The Replacement Hospital will be more than 550,000 square feet, include 289 beds, 38 emergency room beds, 11 operating rooms, and state of the art equipment. Also the hospital has been designed to accomplish two primary goals:
- to accelerate healing
- and to offer facilities so that families can also be involved in patient care.
Further, the new design will allow for more care at the bedside, additional lighting in rooms, space for family members to congregate and sleep, all private rooms, and easier access and visibility for nurses. “We feel by combining our 100 Top quality and our outstanding customer service with a facility designed to heal – our community will have access to the best medical care in America,” said Pawlak.
Introduction of Hospital Time Capsule
In order to uniquely connect the present hospital to the future hospital, a time capsule was created that will be buried on the new campus and opened in 2045 during the 150th anniversary year of the founding of Silver Cross Hospital. The time capsule provides a glimpse into the 115- year past and includes letters and images from the present. Hospital departments, volunteer organizations, Boards of Directors and others wrote letters to the future Silver Cross Family.
Carol Zier, a 37-year employee, read one example of the more than 60 letters submitted. “Although Silver Cross Hospital continues growing in leaps and bounds and advancing in many facets of healthcare, our hope is that you, the future of Silver Cross Hospital, will continue our legacy of not only what we have built with our hands, but what we have built with our hearts,” said Zier. “Please make every effort to keep Silver Cross Hospital a 100 Top Hospital and maintain the warm, friendly, family atmosphere, while providing the best possible medical care to the people of the communities we serve.”
Russ Slinkard, Past Chairman of the Silver Cross Hospital’s Board of Directors and Co-Chairman for the Capital Campaign, read a letter from the Silver Cross Hospital Board of Directors. “There are a number of areas in medicine where Silver Cross Hospital has been the leading hospital in technology and equipment. With this in mind, we believe Silver Cross Hospital is well positioned to meet the future healthcare needs of our region,” said Slinkard.
The final letter to the future was read by Mary Lou Field, President of Silver Cross’ founding organization, the Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons.
Investing in the Future
At the event, Silver Cross also recognized several donors with lead gifts for the replacement hospital. To date Silver Cross has received gifts and pledges totaling over $4 million with more than $415,000 pledged by hospital employees. Bob Rogina, and Russ Slinkard, Co-Chairmen of the Replacement Hospital Capital Campaign recognized individuals and business partners for their support.
“This is a special time because we have this chance to thank some very generous leadership donors, who made a donation to the Replacement Hospital’s Capital Campaign,” said Bob Rogina.
Replacement Hospital benefactors that were recognized include Dottie and Bitz Brown, who will have the inpatient rehabilitation unit at the new campus named in their honor. This unit continues the partnership between Silver Cross and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the nation’s #1 ranked provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care.
In addition, Ralph Dralle was recognized for honoring his late wife, Phyllis, daughter, Sherry Dralle-Miller and son-in-law, Steven Joss through his gift to the Serenity Garden.
Other benefactors that were recognized were business partners including Brent Wagner and John Manner of Brown and Brown Insurance Agency, whose donation will fund the art work in the main lobby of the Replacement Hospital. Also Karl and Marilyn Kurtz along with Tom and Michele Vana provided a donation to fund the water feature at the new main entrance. Further, Jack Block of Block Electric Company donated funds that will support the fast track area in the Emergency Department.
Celebrated 100 Top Award For Sixth Year
Finally, Jean Chenoweth, Senior Vice President for Performance Improvement and 100 Top Hospital’s programs at Thomson Reuters, presented Paul Pawlak with the sixth consecutive 100 Top award and also the Everest Award for continuous improvement.
“This 100 Top Hospital award means that patients at Silver Cross hospital are more likely to receive reliable, efficient care at a reasonable cost with high satisfaction,” said Chenoweth.
According to Chenoweth, “If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those at the 100 Top Hospitals including Silver Cross more than 98,000 additional patients would survive each year and about 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually. In addition, expenses would decrease by $5.5 billion a year and the average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day. If the same standards of care were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.”
“Just like building a new hospital does not happen overnight, neither does becoming a 100 Top Hospital,” said Pawlak. “We wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for all of you—our board members, volunteers, employees, physicians, donors and many friends of Silver Cross. When we open in February of 2012, we will have one of, if not the best hospitals in the entire country. And it is because of your unwavering support and commitment over the years.”
Two flags were then raised. The new Silver Cross flag representing the hospital’s rich history and vision for the future, and the 100 Top Hospitals’ flag – assuring the community that the Silver Cross quality and customer service, will continue at the new facility.
For more information about the 100 Top Award or the Silver Cross Replacement Hospital, visit www.silvercross.org. 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 six consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 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).