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Silver Cross Diagnoses Rare Pneumonia at Homer Glen Emergency Center

Joliet, IL (August 03, 2010)—After suffering for several months from extreme weakness, a low-grade fever and a dry cough, LeBrenda Cole went to the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen. “It was so comforting to go right down the street from my home and receive real emergency care with no wait,” said Homer Glen resident Cole. “After being so ill for many months, I was shocked to be diagnosed with such a rare pneumonia.”

After undergoing an initial assessment Cole had a chest X-ray and blood work performed. Her results indicated that she was suffering from a very rare pneumonia that oftentimes is difficult to diagnose. Once Dr. Daniel Checco, Medical Director at the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center, determined her illness he suggested Cole be admitted to Silver Cross Hospital. The paramedics who are onsite 24/7 at the Homer Glen Emergency Care Center immediately transferred her by ambulance to the nearby hospital.

“I am forever grateful for Dr. Checco’s diagnosis and quick action on realizing I was so ill and required immediate hospitalization,” said Cole. “He is a wonderful man in my eyes.”

Cole said that the nursing and EMS staff were all very kind and she was pleased to receive the same warm, friendly care when she arrived at Silver Cross. “I was in the hospital for a week and am happy to report that I feel so much better,” she said.

The development of free-standing emergency centers throughout the country were in response to consumers who want more convenient ways to care for injuries and illnesses that are too serious to wait for a doctor’s appointment. Silver Cross opened the first licensed free-standing emergency care center in the State at 143rd St and Bell Rd. in Homer Glen. “In our first year of operation, we have treated nearly 10,000 patients with a variety of illnesses and injuries,” said Dr. Checco.

The Emergency Care Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and staffed by Silver Cross Hospital’s board certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses.

Patients can check ER wait times—if any at www.silvercross.org for both the Homer Glen Free-Standing Emergency Care Center as well as Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet.

In the same building, Silver Cross also offers MRI, CT, X-ray, Ultrasound EKG and laboratory services. And there are several physician offices including a pediatrician, podiatrist, spine and colorectal surgeons, urologists, cardiologists, and family practice physicians. For more information, call (708) 364-6337.

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 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).

 

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