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Silver Cross Medical Staff Elects New Officers

Family Medicine Physician to Serve as Chief of Staff

New Lenox, IL (June 5, 2013) — Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff recently elected new officers to serve from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2015.

New Lenox, IL (June 5, 2013) — Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff recently elected new officers to serve from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2015. 

Christopher Udovich, M.D., family medicine physician, will serve as Chief of Staff of Silver Cross Hospital.  As Chief of Staff, Dr. Udovich, is responsible for representing the medical staff and reporting on the activities and performance of the medical staff to the Silver Cross Board of Directors.  In turn, he is also responsible for interpreting policies of the Board to the Medical Staff. Dr. Christopher Udovich, with Hedges Clinic in Frankfort, is certified by the American Board of Family Practice in family medicine. He attended medical school at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Udovich completed both his internship and residency at La Grange Memorial Hospital in La Grange. 

As a leader in family medicine, he is committed to ensuring that the hospital has state-of-the-art medical care available for all area residents. He instills a team atmosphere with staff and welcomes feedback on how to improve processes that will ultimately enhance a patient’s experience. 

“Because of Dr. Udovich’s dedication and those of all the physicians, nurses and employees, Silver Cross Hospital continues to deliver award-winning care,” said Paul Pawlak, President/CEO of Silver Cross Hospital. “With exceptional leaders like Dr. Udovich, together the staff constantly measures, reviews and improves performance to make Silver Cross Hospital a great place to receive care.” 

Dr. Udovich has held several leadership positions on the Silver Cross Medical Staff.  He has served as the Chief of Staff - Elect of the Silver Cross Medical Staff, Chairman Department of Family Practice, Chair of Clinical Improvements and Education Committee, Co-chair Physician Development Plan, Co-chair Board Call Task Force, Chairman of Improving Organizational Performance Committee, and Co-Medical Director of the Physician Advisory Council for the hospital’s new core computer system project. He is also a member of the following: Medical Executive Committee, Credentials Committee, Board of Directors of Silver Cross Health Connections, Quality and Cost Effectiveness Committee, Family Practice Peer Review Committee, End of Life Committee, Medical Staff Excellence Committee, By-Laws Committee and Physician Leadership Academy. In addition, Dr. Udovich is a multiple year recipient of the “Top Doc” award, which ranks doctors in the Top 1% in the country for patient satisfaction. Furthermore, Dr. Udovich is active in the community as he is current President of Hedges Clinic, S.C., and past President of the Will Grundy County Medical Society. He is also a member of the Illinois State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.


Completing Silver Cross Hospital’s new panel of medical staff officers are as follows: 


Medical Staff Officers

Christopher Udovich, M.D. (Chief of Staff)

Corinne Nawrocki, D.O. (Chief of Staff - Elect)

Abdul Sankari, M.D. (Secretary/Treasurer)


The following physicians will serve a two-year term as department chairs:  


Department Of Anesthesia                                                              

Michael Meister, M.D. (Chair)


Department Of Emergency Medicine                                 

Silvio Morales, Jr., M.D. (Chair)


Department of Family Practice

Michael DeMaertelaere, D.O. (Chair)


Department of Medicine

Amar Garapati, M.D. (Chair)


Department of OB/GYN

Gamilah Pierre, M.D. (Chair)


Department Of Pathology                                                              

Lisa M. Bibb, M.D. (Chair)


Department Of Pediatrics

Lorenzo Aschinberg, M.D. (Chair)


Department Of Radiology                                                               

Darius Keblinskas, M.D. (Chair)


Department Of Surgery

Mark Moran, M.D. (Chair)


To learn more about Silver Cross or choose a doctor on staff, call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or visit 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 and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross 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.