Campaign for HEART CARE at Silver Cross

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Building On Our Commitment

Ruth ColbyDear Friends of Silver Cross,

Generation after generation­­­—since 1895, Silver Cross Hospital has been an important contributor to the quality of life in our community for longer than any of us can remember.

Our Hospital has grown in both size and stature. And thanks to the generosity of our many benefactors over the years, Silver Cross continues to build on our commitment by expanding and enhancing programs and services to meet the needs of our growing community. In 2012, we opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital to ensure that the same high-quality healthcare and friendly service that you have come to expect would be available for your children and grandchildren and generations to come.

Since then, we truly have become a regional medical center bringing exceptional partners to our campus including University of Chicago Medicine, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Loyola Medical Center, Northwestern Medicine Neurosciences and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab so patients could receive academic level healthcare in their community hospital. Most recently, we opened Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital to provide specialized care for mental health and addiction treatment—filling a huge gap in our community.

Now the time has come to advance our cardiology services by establishing an open heart and structural heart surgical program. Once again, we are bringing the “best of the best” to the community so that our patients and their families don’t have to leave Silver Cross for this lifesaving care.

For this reason we have embarked on an expansive $2 million Campaign for Heart Care. I invite you to join me in investing in the future of cardiac care at Silver Cross as a means of helping us provide safe, accessible, advanced heart care for our patients.

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community hospital!

Ruth Colby

President and Chief Executive Officer

Silver Cross Hospital

It’s a Matter of Heart (Disease)

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about half of all Americans have at least one of three main risk factors for heart disease—high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smoking. It is highly likely that you or someone you know will need heart care in the future.

Closer to home, the statistics are equally alarming. The most recent Will County Community Needs Assessment states that heart disease is the top cause of death in Will County and the second cause of hospitalization. Furthermore, respondents and their families of the 2017 assessment reported that:

  • 46% had high blood pressure
  • 37% had high cholesterol
  • 24% were obese/overweight
  • and 15% had a heart condition.

Many of these conditions may lead to heart issues that will most likely require minimally invasive or open surgical intervention, sometimes both.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if these individuals could undergo advanced procedures at Silver Cross Hospital? Especially since Silver Cross is a leader in cardiac care for clinical quality, patient safety and a number of procedures performed annually. We have received numerous accolades including

  • America’s Best Hospital’s Award for Heart Care,
  • US News & World Report Best Hospital Award for Heart Failure Care,
  • Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals,
  • Straight A’s for Hospital Safety from the Leapfrog Group.

In addition, Silver Cross places more stents and pacemakers than many other area hospitals. In fact, we are ranked 9th in the State of Illinois for the number of cardiac catheterizations performed annually.

So it’s surprising and quite alarming that until recently our hospital did not have the ability to perform open heart and structural heart surgery. Nearly 70% of patients needing cardiac surgery are leaving the area for this lifesaving care.

Unwanted Flight to Save Her Life

 Sheri Podgorny familyWhile undergoing a thyroid procedure at Silver Cross Hospital, it was determined that Sheri Podgorny needed open heart surgery. She was shocked and scared when she was told that she would be airlifted to another hospital since Silver Cross did not offer this advanced cardiac care. Fearing for her life, the Mokena grandmother waited 6 ½ long hours for another hospital to accept her. And even then, Sheri had to wait until the following day for surgery. Yet, if Silver Cross had the ability to perform open heart surgery, Sheri could have been treated the same day—close to home and surrounded by caregivers her family knew and trusted.

“I come to Silver Cross because of the quality care I’ve always received and the trust in my physicians and their staff. A hospital providing such wonderful care, like Silver Cross, should be able to fully treat their patients.”

Embracing the Challenge — With Innovation

Our bold and innovative plan ensures that patients requiring open heart or structural heart surgery can have all their care under the guidance of their primary physician and cardiologist at Silver Cross Hospital.

To make this a reality, we are embarking on a 33,000 sq. ft. 2-story addition on the east side of the Hospital to accommodate:

  • Two (2) Cardiovascular Operating Rooms
  • Cardiac Hybrid Room
  • Two (2) Recovery Rooms
  • Patient Elevator to New 16-bed Cardiothoracic Unit with four (4) Cardiac Echo and Stress Testing Rooms
  • Space for Future Growth including a 16-bed observation unit and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

When construction is complete in early 2021, Silver Cross will have the capability to provide innovative, multi-specialty care for patients with advanced and complex coronary disease.

This includes surgery to correct the abnormalities of the heart structure such as repairing and replacing aortic and mitral valves. Historically, open-heart surgery has been the common method for treating structural heart disease; however, minimally invasive valve replacement now provides a viable alternative to patients for whom conventional surgery is considered too risky—and offers the potential benefits of lower risk of infection, less trauma to the chest and heart muscle tissue, reduced length of stay in the hospital, and a quicker recovery.

With the best medical technology and clinical expertise, patients can undergo these innovative surgical procedures close to home and in a hospital they trust—Silver Cross.

New Heart Care Pavillion

New Heart Care Pavilion

Cardiothoracic Unit

Cardiothoracic Unit

This 16-bed unit, located on the 1st floor, just below the new operating suites, is dedicated for patients recovering from cardiac and thoracic surgery. Patients are cared for here by a dedicated team of cardiac specialists until it is time to go home. Each spacious private room has all the modern amenities and safety features of a medical/surgical or ICU room plus state-of-the-art cardiac monitoring and testing nearby. Less patient transfers mean less risk of infection
and complications.

CARTO® 3D Cardiac Mapping3D Cardiac Mapping

This advanced imaging technology creates real-time three-dimensional (3D) maps of a patient’s cardiac structures. The system is designed to help electrophysiologists navigate the heart to pinpoint the exact location and orientation of catheters during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for patients suffering from atrial fibrillation (Afib) or irregular heartbeats (cardiac arrhythmias). This new technology acts very much like an advanced navigation system in a car that guides the driver with visual and audio cues to ensure safe parking and operation of the vehicle.

Hybrid Room

Hybrid Room

This unique surgical suite is a combination of a standard operating room and catheterization lab. To increase functionality and reduce risk to patients, the room can be easily converted quickly from a space used for routine cardiac procedures to a fully equipped operating room without moving the patient. Cardiac surgeons and cardiologists can work side by side to perform complex procedures in a minimally invasive fashion leading to shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery.

Enhanced Expertise — Pioneers in Cardiac Care

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Silver Cross has brought together an elite team of cardiologists and surgeons available immediately to provide our patients with the highest quality cardiac care.

heart chest illustrationFor many years, our patients have relied upon the outstanding physicians with Heartland Cardiovascular/DMG
and Heart Care Centers of Illinois to diagnose and treat their heart disease through non-invasive, electrophysiology and interventional approaches. These highly respected physicians are part of a team that has saved countless lives over the years.

Silver Cross has extended this expertise by partnering with Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgical Associates (CTVSA) to bring advanced cardiac surgical procedures including open heart, valve repair and replacement, and more to our patients. Pioneers in minimally invasive valve surgery, CTVSA is the largest cardiac surgery group in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana area with a 50-year legacy of providing highly advanced cardiac surgery. Under the leadership of Dr. Pat Pappas, renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, CTVSA will offer comprehensive surgical care for even the most complex conditions at Silver Cross Hospital including:

  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG)
  • Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Minimally Invasive Valve Repair
  • Traditional Open Heart Surgery
  • Transcatheter Valve Replacement (TAVR)

With your investment in the Campaign for Heart Care, our patients will have convenient access to some of the best cardiac experts in the Chicagoland area—right here, at Silver Cross Hospital.

Help Us — Invest in Advanced Heart Care

green hand with heart iconThe cost to advance heart care is $22 million, and your commitment is fundamental to bringing open heart and structural heart surgery to our community.

Your gift is an investment in your own heart health as well as a gift of life for others. Every dollar raised is invested locally as Silver Cross is an independent community hospital serving Will County and the southwest suburbs.

A donation may be made by means of cash, appreciated securities, real estate or personal property. The Silver Cross Foundation will be happy to consult with you about a planned or estate gift as well. Pledges will be accepted over a maximum of three years. And be sure to find out if your gift qualifies for a matching gift program with your employer.

The Campaign for Heart Care also includes numerous naming opportunities.


To discuss the many ways you can provide a tax-deductible charitable contribution contact:

Silver Cross Foundation
Tracy Simons
Executive Director
1900 Silver Cross Blvd.
New Lenox, IL 60451
Phone: (815) 300-7113

Campaign Co-Chairs

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Mark Stevens
Silver Cross Hospital
Foundation Board of Directors

Susan Prock
Silver Cross Hospital
Board of Directors

“Please join us as we embark on this momentous opportunity to ensure that lifesaving cardiac care is available at Silver Cross Hospital—so patients won’t have to travel far from home. And physicians can stay involved in their patient’s care. By coming together, we can make this a reality. We ask you find it in your heart to join with us in investing in YOUR hospital. Silver Cross needs our financial support to develop an open heart and structural heart surgery program. Your investment can impact countless lives.”

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.