Published on July 28, 2022

Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons Supports Silver Cross Dialysis Program with $8,000 Donation

2022 Kings Daughter check presentation

(From left to right) Tracy Simons, Executive Director of the Silver Cross Foundation, accepts a gift in the amount of $8,000 to support Silver Cross Hospital’s dialysis program from the Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons, including members Rita Larson, Peggy Parthum, Karla Farr, Sue Gonzalez and Karen Colombo.

Dennis Jacobi

Silver Cross dialysis patient Dennis Jacobi enjoys the new interactive smart TV system while receiving treatment

The Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons recently gave the Silver Cross Foundation $8,000 to support the hospital’s acute kidney dialysis services. The funds will be used to purchase eight new televisions equipped with an interactive smart TV system to give patients a more customizable experience. This new system allows patients to watch live TV and patient educational videos, access streaming and gaming applications, complete the patient survey, and participate in video calls with friends and loved ones.  

In addition to making this generous donation to Silver Cross Hospital, The Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons installed their new officers during their May meeting. The new officers are: Karla Farr and Linda Emmert, Co-Presidents; Peggy Parthun and Ida Fonck, Co-Vice Presidents; Karen Colombo, Secretary; Sue Gonzalez, Treasurer; Elaine Torrence, Sunshine; and Sharon Miller, Charitable Giving.   

The Will County Union is part of the International Order of King’s Daughters and Sons, founded in New York in 1886, making it one of the oldest service organizations in the United States. This non-denominational Christian organization quickly grew across the country and around the world. 

By 1890, there were circles across Illinois including Will County. Seeing the need for a hospital, a small group of women worked diligently to make this need a reality and opened the first Silver Cross Hospital in 1895 on the east side of Joliet. The hospital was named after the King’s Daughter’s emblem – the Maltese cross. The limestone emblem that once adorned the original hospital can be seen in the vestibule of the new Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. 

Over the years, the King’s Daughters continued to support various initiatives including construction of the 2012 replacement hospital and trunk shows held at the hospital throughout the year. Today, the King’s Daughters and Sons main focus is to support the acute dialysis program at Silver Cross Hospital, donating over $520,000 over the past 34 years. 

For more information, call the Silver Cross Foundation at (815) 300-7105. To make an online donation, visit

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.