Published on March 31, 2022

Silver Cross Foundation Hosts Will County’s Largest Baby Shower April 28

The Silver Cross Foundation hopes to raise a bundle at its Inaugural Silver Social fundraiser to benefit the proposed new Amy, Matthew and Jay Vana Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Silver Cross Hospital. The event, “Celebrating New Beginnings,” will be held on Thursday, April 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at CD & ME in Frankfort.   

Silver Social Header“The Silver Social is sure to be Will County’s largest baby shower and the event of the season!” said Michele Vana, Silver Social committee chair. “More importantly, we are excited to raise a bundle to support the first and only Level 3 NICU in Will County so that premature and critically ill babies do not have to leave our community for lifesaving care, and families can remain together.” 

Tickets for the Silver Social are $125 and include lunch, raffle and program, featuring the Big Reveal of the New NICU. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event for chances to win a variety of experiences, services and items. Participating and Underwriting Sponsorships are also available and range between $500 and $10,000 and include pre- and post-event recognition and event tickets. 

Purchase Silver Social tickets and sponsorships at or by contacting the Silver Cross Foundation at (815) 300-7105. 

The 2022 Silver Social Committee Members include: Michele Vana, Chair; Claudia Aguirre; Molly Brusca; Julie Carlson; Laura Czerkies; Sue D’Arcy; Susan Frangella; Rachael Kemnic; Becky Kole; Kathy Miller; Marcy Paddock; Kim Roolf; Tracy Simons; and Amy Vana. 

About the Amy, Matthew and Jay Vana Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Silver Cross Hospital

Around the country and in Will County, high-risk pregnancies are on the rise. According to the 2020 March of Dimes Report Card, 11.1% of babies in Will County are born premature, which is high compared to the rest of the country. Locally, Silver Cross Hospital is the leader for neonatal care and inpatient obstetrics delivering over 3,100 babies last year, more than any other Will County hospital. Yet, 58% of patients in Silver Cross’ total service area leave for high-risk neonatal care. 

With the expected May 2022 opening of Will County’s first and only Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Silver Cross Hospital, premature newborns and full-term babies with congenital disorders no longer have to travel far for safe, advanced care. The $12.9 million Amy, Matthew and Jay Vana Neonatal Intensive Care Unit features 24 private rooms, a comfortable family lounge, and dedicated rooms for parents to spend the night and be intimately involved in their baby’s care. Patients are safely cared for 24/7 by a team of highly skilled neonatologists, neonatal nurse nurses, respiratory therapists and other caregivers and have immediate access to Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists.

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.