Published on September 25, 2020

Silver Cross Advisory Board Donates $21,000 for Hospital Equipment

Advisory Board Donation
From left, Edith Schalk, President of the Advisory Board, presents Tracy Simons, Executive Director of the Silver Cross Foundation, with a check for $21,000 to purchase equipment for patient care.

The Advisory Board recently gave the Silver Cross Foundation $21,000 to purchase patient care equipment for the hospital. This latest gift is the final installment of a $134,500 pledge to invest in new mattresses, scales and thermometers for the mobile integrated healthcare program, safe patient handling equipment, a bariatric motorized wheelchair, a GlideScope to intubate patients in the Emergency Department and a non-invasive ventilator.

 We are extremely grateful to the Advisory Board for their generous donation that will allow us to enhance the quality of care and improve the patient experience,” said Tracy Simons, Executive Director of the Silver Cross Foundation.

The Advisory Board raises funds for Silver Cross Hospital by operating a resale shop called the Encore Shop. Over the past 30 years, the charitable group has donated over $1.3 million to Silver Cross for the purchase of a variety of patient care equipment, transportation vehicles, and computer technology.

The Encore Shop is located on the Silver Cross Hospital campus at 710 Cedar Crossing Drive, across from The Kurtz &Vana Family Pavilion. The shop is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit Silver Cross Hospital.  Donations can be dropped off at the Encore Shop during regular business hours or anytime in the collection bin on the south side of the hospital. The Encore Shop accepts new and gently used adult and children’s clothing, handbags, shoes, antiques, household items, jewelry, linen and seasonal decorations. 

For more information, call the Encore Shop at (815) 300-7642 or Volunteers Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.


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.