It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes the effort of many individuals and groups working together to build a healthier community. For over a century, Silver Cross has formed valuable partnerships with many organizations throughout the area to improve the health and quality of life of all those within the all communities we serve. Here are just a few of our partners:
Aunt Martha’s Joliet Community Health Center
Aunt Martha's began in 1972 as a drop-in center for troubled youth but has grown to become a health care and social service agency that provides services such as primary health and dental care, mental health counseling, child welfare, juvenile justice, prevention and youth development.
Aunt Martha’s has over 50 locations and is the third largest community health center in Illinois. In June 2013, Aunt Martha’s opened a new Community Health Center in Joliet, IL. 2.2 acres of land was donated by Silver Cross Hospital to Aunt Martha’s Youth and Health Center along with $550,000 in operating support for the new Federally Qualified Health Center. The new facility includes 21 medical exam rooms, 9 dental rooms and 5 behavioral health offices.
For more than 20 years, Silver Cross Hospital has partnered with Catholic Charities Daybreak Center in coordinating the annual Back to School Fair to help children prepare for the start of the school year. The fairs involves 46 health and human service agencies including Silver Cross that provide free service to over 3,000 low-income families living in Will County. Silver Cross employees have volunteered their time and talents at University of St. Francis to immunize children and provide school physicals, asthma screenings, Tuberculosis (TB) tests and lead screenings. In addition, children entering kindergarten through 12th grade received backpacks filled with school supplies.
The Community Services Council of Will County Inc, (CSC) exchanges information, promotes professional growth, coordinates services, identifies needs, and provides ongoing education for the residents of Will County, Illinois. The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission has given the Community Services Council of Will County a grant to help fund workforce development grants and quality of life initiatives for area residents.
Drunk Driving Education
For over eight years, local High School students along with their parents witnessed the dangers of drunk driving at the “Road to Reality” program at Lincolnway West, Tinley Park High School, and Wilmington High Schools. With the help of live actors, the impact of drunk driving unfolded before the students’ eyes as they witnessed a series of live scenes depicting students drinking at a party, a motor vehicle crash, a simulated hospital Emergency Department, and ultimately an appearance before a judge. Silver Cross employees volunteered to enact a real Emergency Department experience, simulating care to both the drunk driver and other victims involved in the accident.
The Forest Park Community Center was established in 2003. Their mission is to improve the lives and welfare of the residents in the Forest Park Community. The Forest Park Community Center is celebrating 20 years of serving the community. The Center offers various programs such as the Early Learning Center, Free Library/Silver Cross Reading Room, Computer Training Center and the Computer Advantage Program and many more. The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission has given the Forest Park Community Center a grant to help fund positive community programs and the daily operation of the center.
The Harvey Brooks Foundation (HBF) is an organization formed by professionals within the All Nations Church of God In Christ, which is located on Joliet's southeast side, to address the needs of area youth, adults and families in its surrounding low-income community. Over the years, HBF has offered a variety of programs that positively impact youth development and leadership, which is an ultimate correlation to employment, income potential, neighborhood stabilization, business development and community safety. The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission has recently given the HBF a grant to help fund positive community programs and the daily operation of the center.
The Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties (HLC) develops collaborative partnerships to increase access to information, resources, and services for the Hispanic Latino community. The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission has given the HLC a grant to fund 7 individual scholarships.
For over thirteen years, the Lincoln-Way Student Intern Program has provided students with a window to their future. Many former interns have even come back after graduation to work at Silver Cross in many areas including admitting, respiratory therapy, nutrition services and the emergency department. For fifteen days, 20 Lincoln-Way East High School students set aside their text books and came to Silver Cross Hospital for real-life lessons. The free program offers a great opportunity for seniors enrolled in human anatomy and physiology class allowing them real insight into medical careers. Under the supervision of their classroom instructor and hospital managers, the students rotated through 17 areas including pharmacy, nursing and diagnostic imaging.
Silver Cross Hospital continues the tradition of caring for the community by providing programs and services that meet the community needs. To ensure we are aligned with the most current community needs, various staff members from Silver Cross Hospital have participated on the Steering Committee, Chronic Conditions Action Team, and Access to Care Action Team for the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process.
Through MAPP, Silver Cross Hospital participated with other healthcare and community organizations to create the Will County Community Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan. This assessment utilizes national public health performance standards innovated by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MAPP has enabled organizations to engage in a county-wide strategic process to ensure that area residents receive the best possible public health services.
Silver Cross Hospital has used the Will County Community Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan as a resource tool to develop its community programming.
The Miracle League of Joliet is part of a national organization determined to bring the game of baseball to children between the ages of 3 and 19 with disabilities around the globe. Their focus is to orchestrate baseball programs and to help build accessible, custom-designed, synthetic turf fields that accommodate wheelchairs and other assertive devices, so that every child has the chance to play baseball. The Miracle League removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off of the baseball field, and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. The Miracle League is also about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other kids. With the permission of the City of Joliet, a field was built on the grounds at Silver Cross Field in Joliet and opened in the spring of 2007. In addition, Silver Cross Hospital sponsors the Second Inning Stretch for The Miracle League of Joliet baseball games.
The National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc. (NHBW, Inc.) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and their families through support of the arts, culture, health and human service initiatives. The Joliet chapter has partnered with Silver Cross Hospital to increase literacy through the Reading For Life Literacy Program. As part of a two-year, $10,000 pledge, the hospital donated funds, furniture and computers to help establish the NHBW & Silver Cross Reading Room. Silver Cross continues to promote the program with annual grants.
The NHBW & Silver Cross Hospital Reading Corners locations are:
At the Reading Room, children and parents are able to swap, borrow or take a book to keep in their own personal libraries. Events include Real Men Read Night, Book Chat, Book Swap, and a Family Read Night with Open Mic. During the past three years, the Reading for Life Literacy Program provided more than 10,000 books to over 3,000 children and adults in the community.
Joliet Chapter, National Hook-up of Black Women, Inc. Reading for Life Literacy Program 647KB PDF
Over the past several years, Silver Cross has worked closely with the City of Joliet, Will County and State officials to enhance the quality of life on the eastside of Joliet. Our combined efforts have resulted in a much needed stoplight at Briggs & Copperfield Streets; streetlights on both Copperfield & Walnut Streets, the widening of Walnut St. to include more curbs and sidewalks and, a picturesque park at the corner of Walnut St. & Route 30. This park, which Silver Cross donated the land for, is the home of a life-size sculpture entitle Medical Professionals: Masters of Healing. Created by the Friends of Community Public Art, the sculpture pays tribute to Joliet's dedicated medical professionals and signifies the strong ties that Silver Cross has with the Joliet community and its neighboring towns.
"Safe New Lenox" is comprised of four organizations that work in collaboration with the Village of New Lenox. These groups include New Lenox Safe Communities America Coalition, New Lenox Citizen Corps Council, New Lenox Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and New Lenox Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The New Lenox Safe Communities America Coalition and New Lenox Citizen Corps Council include representatives from over 20 organizations that are located in New Lenox, Will County and beyond. Silver Cross Hospital, along with other public and private sector organizations, provide a wide variety of services to our community.
Senior Services Center of Will County
The Senior Services Center of Will County is dedicated to enhancing the lives of Will County's growing senior population. As a not-for profit agency 501(c) (3), Senior Services Center has been providing services and programs to the area's senior citizens and their families since 1967. The Center's mission is to enhance the quality of life for older persons, help maintain the wellness and the independence of older persons, and to help avoid or lessen isolation and loneliness. This is being accomplished through a variety of interactive programs, classes, activities, and rewarding volunteer opportunities. In the last year Senior Services has served over 62,819 seniors. The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission has given the Senior Services of Will County a grant in the amount of $32,000 to help support the Meals on Wheels Program for the seniors in our community.
In addition in FY13, Silver Cross continued to serve as the resource hospital for the Silver Cross EMS System, training 46 paramedics from 37 fire departments and ambulance services including dispatch centers in Cook and Will counties. Silver Cross Hospital subsidized $710,000 providing resource hospital duties. This program provides the initial paramedic training, ongoing continuing education, monitoring of ambulance service and staff within Will, Cook and Grundy Counties. Silver Cross also provided EMS training and program development assistance for medical providers in other countries. This program sent surplus equipment to Honduras and Haiti for medical aid missions that totaled around $4,000 worth of durable medical goods.
Spanish Community Center
The Spanish Community Center was founded in 1967 in the city of Joliet Illinois. The purpose of the center was to provide social services to the city’s growing needs of the Spanish speaking people in their native language, to make the transition of setting in the community, and learning English as a second language. Over the last four decades the center has evolved from an agency helping only the Spanish speaking people of the neighborhood to an agency providing help to the entire community. There are various programs and services offered by the Spanish Community Center such as food pantry, childcare, toy drive, computer training, and job readiness classes along with other programs.
The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission provided the Spanish Community Center with a grant in 2008 to implement a GED Program and continues to support the program. In 2013, the Spanish Community Center was given a grant of $30,400 to help support the GED program.
Silver Cross Hospital raised over $25,000 to help the Annual United Way Campaign. The hospital’s theme for the campaign this year was "Live United." It captures the commitment that the employees have shown to the community for those that are less fortunate. Hospital employees were asked to participate in the Campaign by making a pledge through a payroll-deduction program.
Veteran’s Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinic
The Veteran’s Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinic is proud to provide top quality healthcare to area Veterans in the beautiful new state-of-the-art Joliet Veterans Clinic. The 2-story 60,000 sq. ft. facility is the former Silver Cross Emergency Department. The clinic provides outpatient primary care & mental health services. Additional services include women’s health, home-based primary care, laboratory, neurology, rehabilitation, podiatry, optometry, basic radiology, ultrasound, retinal imaging, nutrition and geriatrics.
Warren-Sharpe Community Center
Warren Sharpe Center is serving their community by working with at risk youth, strengthening the family and helping to improving the quality of life for the people they serve in their community. The Community Center offers several programs such as Ride it out Fitness Program, Kids in the Kitchen, Parenting Support Group and the Children’s Community Garden.
The Warren-Sharpe Foundation is very passionate about addressing food insecurities within her area. Children’s Community Garden is a project designed to educate the youth about agriculture, healthy food choices, and increase physical activity along with supporting their food pantry. The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission has given the Warren-Sharpe Community Center a grant in the amount of $15,000 to help support community programs and the daily operation of the center.
The Will County Community Health Center—a division of the Will County Health Department—provides preventive and primary health services to the medically underserved people of Will County regardless of age, sex, color, and ability to pay through direct care and partnerships. Through a five-year $450,000 pledge, Silver Cross helped to fund the construction of the Will County Community Health Center, which opened in 2006. Through our relationship, Silver Cross Hospital provides obstetrical and gynecological physician care when the Will County Community Health Center is unable and Silver Cross pays for 24-hour coverage when needed. Silver Cross Hospital also has provided in-kind recruitment services to the Will County Community Health Center.
The Work Certified Program enables individuals with certification that verifies that a job seeker has the reading and math skills, problem solving and critical thinking skills, workplace behaviors and personal habits that are the foundation of success in the workplace. Joliet Junior College's Institute of Economic Technology has been contracted to teach the skills and run the certification program, which consists of 90 training hours spread across nine modules.
The Will Grundy Medical Clinic provides free medical and dental care to individuals who cannot afford medical care. Silver Cross Hospital supports the Will Grundy Medical Clinic through free services and procedures as well as $35,000 in monetary donations. Many physicians and nurses at Silver Cross volunteer their time to staff the “Free Clinic.” The hospital also provides thousands of dollars in free healthcare services including testing and surgical care.