Published on January 22, 2021

Joliet Chamber Honors Silver Cross Hospital as its 2020 Large Business of the Year

Silver Cross Hospital has been named the 2020 Large Business of the Year by the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The award was given to the hospital during the Chamber’s annual Awards & "Celebration of Success" virtual banquet Friday, Jan. 22, and caps off a year in which Silver Cross also was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health and celebrated its 125th anniversary.

Hospital group“We’re truly humbled by this award,” said Silver Cross President and Chief Executive Officer Ruth Colby. “2020 was a year unlike any other in our 125-year history. The global pandemic affected everyone, whether you battled it yourself or knew others fighting it. I’m so proud of our entire staff, medical team, and volunteers for meeting every challenge that came their way throughout the year. They not only made it possible to care for patients with COVID-19, but they maintained a safe environment for all.”

She added, “I thank the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce for their recognition of our history, mission and efforts. They are a wonderful community partner, and we are very proud of our long-time membership in their organization. I also applaud the excellent job they’ve done communicating vital information to their members throughout the pandemic.”

The awards ceremony was held in the style of the Academy Awards, with Chamber officials announcing the nominees, and winners revealed by opening sealed envelopes.

“We wanted to do something different this year since everybody is tired of Zoom meetings due to COVID,” said Jen Howard, President of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “So, we came up with the idea of doing it like the Academy Awards to add some glamor and suspense.”

COVID was among the many reasons why the Chamber selected Silver Cross Hospital for its Large Business of the Year, Howard said.

“Through all of the pandemic, they have been amazing. Doctors, nurses, aides, maintenance, food service workers, all of them deserve a lot of credit for their work in these extremely stressful conditions,” she added.

Howard said the Chamber also wanted to acknowledge Silver Cross Hospital’s 125th Anniversary in November 2020.

“Through all their tremendous growth, and there has been so much of it, their mission has never wavered. Silver Cross is home of the Midwest Institute for Robotic Surgery, which is the largest robotic surgery program in the Chicago area.

“In early 2020, Silver Cross opened a much-needed Urgent Care facility which has exceeded volume projections, and early this year, they will open a $22 million dollar heart hospital expansion.”

Howard also noted that in 2008, hospital officials established the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission, a community-based organization committed to creating a stronger, healthier future, and to improving the quality of life for the community they serve.

“They also have been a wonderful community partner in so many Chamber projects, with their employees volunteering their time to make them special. They never have missed any opportunity to help us and the community,” Howard added.

In a videotaped acceptance of the award, Colby, who was joined by a group of Silver Cross employees and medical staff members, added, “On behalf of all of our Silver Cross stars (a few of whom are with me here today), we thank you and look forward to serving our community for many, many years to come.”

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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.