Silver Cross Hospital

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The Silver Cross Foundation recently received an unforeseen  $1.8 million gift from the estate of Jennie Mariner, a former Silver Cross Hospital trustee and volunteer.  Mariner passed away in June at the age of 91 in Green Valley, Arizona. Her generous bequest will be used to help pay for the $365 million replacement hospital, which opened in 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. 

In the 1960s and 1970s, Mariner donated her time and talents fundraising for several expansion and renovation projects at the former Silver Cross Hospital on Joliet’s eastside. She was a member of the Silver Cross Advisory Board, which operates the Encore (resale) Shop and donates proceeds from the store’s sales to the Hospital to purchase needed equipment. Mariner was also involved with Childerguild, a group once comprised of benevolent women who did not have children of their own. Today, Childerguild continues to support women and children’s services at Silver Cross by operating the Hospital’s Gift Shop and holding an annual Ball. Mariner served as President of both ladies auxiliaries.  Then in 1979, she was the first woman elected to the Silver Cross Hospital Board of Trustees. 

“Jennie truly wanted to make a difference,” said Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital. “Through her selfless acts of kindness, over the past fifty years she has touched thousands of lives in such a positive way.  Her generous estate gift will allow us to help many more patients in the 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.