Silver Cross Hospital

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New Lenox, IL (February 12, 2015) —For eight weeks 19 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 valuable experience and great opportunity for seniors enrolled in human anatomy and physiology class allowing them real insight into medical careers. 

During the fall semester the students learned from college textbooks in a classroom.  In the spring semester, they take part in a real healthcare setting. Under the supervision of their classroom instructor and hospital managers, the students learned about the a variety of careers by shadowing and touring many areas throughout the hospital including the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, women and infant services, procedural care unit, the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute, patient care units, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross, sterile processing, pharmacy, respiratory care, the security department, volunteer services, and physician practices. They also attended lectures to learn more about the pathway to become a physician, nurse and other professions. 

“The internship was a great way to see what goes on every day in a hospital, and it was cool to see how the staff deals with many different things each day,” said Lincoln Way East senior Jessica Gromnicki, who will be attending Joliet Junior College and Lewis University and majoring in Nursing.  “When I started the internship, I thought I wanted to be a nurse, but now that I have learned about the different types of professions that work in a hospital, I’m considering pursuing a career in diagnostic imaging or pharmacy.” 

In order to be considered for the Anatomy Physiology Medical class, students must undergo a rigorous selection process weighing their qualifications to other candidates. Students must meet criteria including a combination of excellent grades, interest in the healthcare field as a career, complete an application process, acquire teacher recommendations, exhibit a discipline for a dedicated work ethic and participate in an interview process. 

“This program provides a very unique opportunity for our students to obtain vocational experience and knowledge in the medical field, whereby they are provided the tools to make more educated decisions regarding their future career paths at an early age,” said Scott Fletcher, Dean of Students and teacher for the Human Anatomy & Physiology class at Lincoln-East High School. “It also gives students applying to college a competitive edge.” 

For fifteen years, this unique program has provided Lincoln-Way East 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. 

Located at 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox, IL 60451   Main Phone (815) 300-1100

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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.