Published on October 10, 2017

New Surgery Center Comes to Silver Cross

Silver Cross Hospital held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Silver Cross Surgery Center on Tuesday, October 3. The Silver Cross Surgery Center is a free-standing ambulatory surgery center joint venture between Silver Cross Hospital, independent surgeons and United Surgical Partners International—the nation’s largest ambulatory surgery provider. The new 14,000 square foot center has three operating rooms and 12 recovery rooms. The Center is located at 1003 Pawlak Parkway in New Lenox just across the boulevard from Silver Cross Hospital.

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Pictured from left to right are New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann; President of United Surgical Partners International Brett Brodnax; Silver Cross Hospital Board Member Dr. Paul Kirchner; Silver Cross Hospital President and CEO Ruth Colby; and Illinois State Representative from the 37th District Margo McDermed at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Silver Cross Surgery Center on October 3, 2017.

President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital Ruth Colby stated that in the 5½ years since Silver Cross Hospital opened in New Lenox, its surgical suites are close to full occupancy. Expectations are that 2,100 patients will be seen at the center during its first year. View Ceremony Highlights on YouTube.

“The ambulatory surgery center will provide the same excellent Silver Cross experience while accommodating more patients,” said Colby. “By opening this center, we will have more time available for inpatient surgeries and more flexibility to accommodate surgeon’s schedules and preferred operating time.”

“United Surgical Partners International is proud to be involved with the Silver Cross Surgery Center,” said Brett Brodnax, President of United Surgical Partners International. “I’m very confident this partnership will help fulfill our mission to operate in a manner where we’d be proud to treat our own families at this facility. And by doing so, we will exceed the expectations of the community that we’re all here to serve.”

The outpatient surgery center should be open for patients by the end of the month pending final inspections by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“We’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” said Dr. Paul Kirchner, podiatrist and Silver Cross Surgery Center board member. “To finally see it in front of us is more than I could have imagined.”

Benefits to the Silver Cross Surgery Center

The Silver Cross Surgery Center has all the resources needed to provide patients with a full range of surgical procedures on a same day basis. Outpatient surgery minimizes patient time away from home and work by eliminating overnight stays at a hospital. In addition, it reduces patient’s surgical expenses and co-pays on their insurance. It is an efficient and low-cost alternative to hospitalization.

The center has 12 pre- and post-op beds and a spacious family waiting area. The center also uses Steris Integration equipment allowing surgeons to visualize their surgical field, display MRI scans and send digital images on 27-inch field monitors and 55-inch wall monitors in its operating rooms.

Cataract surgery is a procedure that will be performed often at the center, as well as, ear, nose, throat, head and neck surgery; general surgery; gynecology surgery; ophthalmology and oculoplastics; orthopedic surgery; podiatric surgery; and urologic surgery.

For more information, call (815) 717-1789.

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.