Community Benefit

In 2020 Silver Cross Hospital provided over $44 million in community benefit.

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  • Over $7.6 million was in charity care (at cost) for which Silver Cross does not expect payment.
  • An additional over $8 million in unreimbursed Medicaid services at cost was also provided to the community. Plus, 29.1% of all patients treated in the Silver Cross Emergency Departments in 2020 were uninsured or on public aid.

Charity Care: Pledge to Provide Free Care

  • In 2008, the Hospital pledged to provide at least $4 million a year for ten years in charity care to serve the poor and uninsured in Will County. In the past ten years, Silver Cross has already given out over $86 million in charity care to Will County patients. That number reflects the actual cost of health care provided free of charge to patients. It does not include shortfalls in payments from the state’s Medicaid program for the poor or the Medicare program for seniors and disabled citizens. These programs only cover a fraction of Silver Cross Hospital’s cost for treating patients.
  • Silver Cross provides financial assistance to patients who maintain a household income up to 400% above the Federal Poverty Level. In addition, the hospital provides a 50% discount off of charges to all uninsured patients.

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  • Silver Cross gave more than $2.8 million in other community benefit last year which included free and subsidized health services, education, donations, assistance, programs and screenings.

Healthy Community Commission

  • Through the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission, the Hospital also awarded over $225,000 in healthcare-related scholarships, workforce development grants and quality of life initiatives.
  • Over 50,000 individuals associated with local organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sororities, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Community Service Council, Harvey Brooks Foundation, Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will County, NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), National Hook-up For Black Women, and Warren Sharp Community Center were beneficiaries of Silver Cross’ investment in the community.

To learn more about other ways Silver Cross is providing benefit to the Community, click here for a copy of the 2020 Community Benefit Report and click here to view our Community Health Needs Assessment-2020 and the 2021-2023 Silver Cross Implementation Plan.

View 2020 Community Benefits Flyer.

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To download the full 2020 Community Benefit Report, click here

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.