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Surgeon’s Estate Gift Benefits Silver Cross Hospital’s Expansion Plans

Joliet, IL (January 20, 2005)—A true man of medicine, Dr. Arthur Shreffler was always seeking to improve the standards in both the medical and surgical field. Even long after his death in 1951, his mission continues thanks to a gift of nearly $1 million, recently received by Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet from the estate of Dr. Arthur and Mrs. Edna Shreffler.

“We are deeply touched that after all these years Dr. and Mrs. Shreffler took careful consideration in planning for the health care needs of future generations—even though they had no children,” said Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital.

Dr. Shreffler was a surgeon in the Joliet area from 1912 to 1951. He served two years as Silver Cross Hospital’s Chief of Staff and also as Chairman of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Shreffler also took the time to encourage and teach young physicians and served as an instructor and advisor with the former Silver Cross School of Nursing.

Upon his retirement in 1951, one of the then new operating rooms, which he assisted in designing, was named in his honor. He passed away shortly after at the age of 66. After Edna’s death in 1966, their estate was placed in a “skip” generation trust fund, until it was released to Silver Cross Hospital just a few weeks ago.

“Ironically, Dr. Shreffler helped lead the campaign for building funds in the 1940s, and today he helps to lead a similar initiative,” comments Pawlak. “We feel it only appropriate that the Shreffler’s generous gift kick-off Silver Cross’ three-year capital campaign to benefit our emergency department expansion, Francis Pavilion entrance renovation as well as the addition of a new 35-bed unit for patients recovery from surgery. I am confident that the couple would be pleased.”

Silver Cross held a grand opening and re-dedication of its John and Hazel Francis Pavilion entrance on Jan. 20. This new inpatient visitor entrance features a canopy-covered driveway, two story glass atrium, staffed reception desk and convenient parking. The entrance will re-open to the public on Feb. 1.

The hospital is also building a better experience by redesigning and nearly doubling the size of its emergency department (ED). When completed in early 2006, the ED will have increased from 21 to 26 glass-enclosed treatment bays with six observation rooms. The expanded ED will also house a dedicated CT scanner and a second X-ray suite. The trauma rooms will be increased from two to four and there will be separate reception areas for children, with amenities like video games, TVs with VCR/DVDs and an aquarium. Another area will have an Internet Cafe.

But just before the ED is completed, Silver Cross plans to open a new 35-bed unit for patients recovering from surgery. In the new unit, patients will stay in a private, master-bedroom sized suite and be able to control everything from the bedside including the temperature and lighting. Each room will have a private bathroom with a shower, be decorated with soothing colors and furnished with hidden essential medical equipment. The rooms will have a work area for staff and an area for family with a desk, laptop computer connection and a comfortable pull-out beds for loved ones to stay overnight if the choose.

“By this time next year, we will have invested over $25 million in new facilities, advanced technology and talented staff in order to better care for our community,” says Pawlak.

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