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Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission provides Scholarships to the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties

New Lenox, IL (August 2, 2013)— The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission announced winners for the Dr. Daniel Gutierrez Scholarship by awarding $10,000 worth of scholarships to the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties (HLC). Ten $1,000 scholarships were given to these ten students who are graduates from Joliet Central High School: Deisi Alcantar, Lewis University; Juana Alvarado, Benedictine University; Ivan Flores, Joliet Junior College; Apolonio Garcia Jr., Northern Illinois University; Erica Guzman, University of St. Francis; Luis Jaime, University of Illinois; Alejandra Medina, University of St. Francis; Jose Ortiz, University of St. Francis; Enrique Ramirez, Joliet Junior College; and Yessica Reyes, University of St. Francis. 

“The HLC is again proud to work with Silver Cross to support local students on their college endeavors and hopes to increase it awareness on education by continuing to build stronger relationships within the community,” Maria Herrera, President of the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties

Photo caption: Graduates from Joliet Township Central High School each received a $1,000 Dr. Daniel Gutierrez Scholarship from the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties through a grant given by the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission. Pictured from left to right in the front row are: Alejandra Medina, University of St. Francis; Yessica Reyes, University of St. Francis; Deisi Alcantar, Lewis University; Juana Alvarado, Benedictine University; and Dr. Daniel Gutierrez, Scholarship’s namesake; and in the back row are: Apolonio Garcia Jr., Northern Illinois University; Luis Jaime, University of Illinois; Enrique Ramirez, Joliet Junior College; Ivan Flores, Joliet Junior College; and Jose Ortiz, University of St. Francis. Not present was Erica Guzman, University of St. Francis.

In order to qualify for the Dr. Daniel Gutierrez Scholarship, students must be of Hispanic/Latino decent, be a first generation college student, be enrolled at Joliet Township High Schools, and be a high school senior or college freshman. With the help of Silver Cross’ Healthy Community Commission, the Hispanic/Latino Coalition awards scholarships to students who demonstrate good grades and community service. Scholarship recipients must live within the zip codes 60432, 60433 and 60436.

“Naming this scholarship after Dr. Gutierrez is a great honor to someone who has dedicated himself to the Joliet community and to the eastside of Joliet,” said Margie Woods, Chair of the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission. 

Born and raised on Joliet’s Eastside, Dr. Gutierrez began his medical career while attending Joliet Township High School, serving as a surgical orderly at Silver Cross Hospital.  He graduated in 1963 from University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago with his medical degree.  He completed his internal medicine residency at Hines Veterans Hospital before heading off to Malawi in central Africa to serve as a medical missionary.  Dr. Gutierrez was then sent to Vietnam with the U.S. Army where he tended to wounded soldiers and staffed medical clinics for South Vietnamese citizens.  In 1972, he returned home and set-up private practice on the Silver Cross Hospital campus, where he practiced internal medicine for nearly 30 years. He retired in the fall of 2007, and served as past Chairman of Silver Cross Hospital’s Board of Directors leading the charge for a state-of-the-art replacement hospital to ensure quality healthcare for all residents of Will County.  In addition to his current role at the hospital, Dr. Gutierrez has served on the Silver Cross Medical Staff in various leadership positions including Chief of Staff.  In recent years, the Joliet Chamber of Commerce and Industry, National Hook-up of Black Women, Joliet Junior College and Silver Cross Hospital have honored him for his commitment to community service. 

“The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission is honored to award the Dr. Daniel Gutierrez Scholarship to 10 deserving area students, who will ideally use Dr. Gutierrez’s life as a model to achieve their own career aspirations,” said Woods. 

About the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission

The purpose of Silver Cross’s Healthy Community Commission (HCC) is essentially to coordinate and enhance existing programs for workforce development, education and business growth with a focus on health care and construction. One of the not-for-profit organization’s main goals is to create a stronger, healthier future for Joliet and the rest of Will County.  

About the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties

The purpose of the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties (HLC) is to develop collaborative partnerships to increase access to information, resources, and services for the Hispanic Latino community.  In December of 2010, HLC acquired its 501(c)3 non-for profit status in which would help in raising additional funds to provide more financial aid to local Latino youth in the areas served by the HLC.  On May 6, 2011 the HLC had great success with its First Annual HLC Cinco de Mayo Scholarship Fundraiser Event held at Azteca de Oro in Joliet.  For more information, visit www.hlcwgc.org or call Maria Herrera, HLC’s Secretary and Scholarship Co-Chair for the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties, at 815-725-3491 x2217. 

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 www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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