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Silver Cross Free-Emergency Center Participates in Homer Community Expo

Joliet, IL (September 10, 2010)— The Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center physicians, nurses and clinicians provided free glucose and blood pressure screenings to over 120 area residents at the Annual Business Expo and Health Fair on August 28 at Hadley School in Homer Glen. Silver Cross clinicians also offered a Teddy Bear Clinic to children to familiarize them to what occurs in an Emergency Room, answer heath-related questions and review what situations warrant calling 911.

“Silver Cross Hospital was thrilled to be a part of this worthwhile community event,” said Theresa Quinn, Administrative Director for Ambulatory Services at Silver Cross Hospital and member of the Homer Township Chamber of Commerce “Participating in the Homer Glen Business Expo and Health Fair allows our staff to meet area residents and explain how we can assist them live healthier lives through health education and screenings.”

homerexposcreeng0166The development of free-standing emergency centers throughout the country were in response to consumers who want more convenient access 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 last summer at 143rd St and Bell Rd. in Homer Glen.  “In our first year of operation, we treated over 10,000 patients with a variety of illnesses and injuries,” said Daniel Checco, D.O., Medical Director for the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen.

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 state-of-the-art MRI, CT, X-ray, Ultrasound, EKG and laboratory services. There are also several private physician offices including a pediatrician, podiatrist, spine and colorectal surgeons, urologists, cardiologists, and family practice physicians. For more information regarding the Silver Cross Health Center in Homer Glen, 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).

PHOTO:  Silver Cross Hospital and Free-Standing Emergency Care Center Employee Diana Thomspon, Medical Technologist, performs complimentary glucose and blood pressure screenings for visitors at the Annual Business Expo and Health Fair at Hadley School in Homer Glen on Aug. 28.

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