Happy Doctor’s Day

Posted on : 03-30-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Uncategorized

Happy Doctor's Day!

We’re celebrating 1 month in our new home!

Posted on : 03-26-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Replacement Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital moved from the Joliet campus to the replacement campus in New Lenox EXACTLY one month from today! Here’s a glimpse of what happened on our move day on 2/26.

Paying it forward

Posted on : 03-24-2012 | By : tsimons | In : News, Top 100 Hospitals

Gwen Ulmer, National Hook-Up of Black Women (NHBW) member and Community Relations Coordinator for Silver Cross Hospital, accepts children’s books from Valerie Baudo, Silver Cross Stores & Distribution employee, for the National Hook-Up of Black Women & Silver Cross Hospital Reading Rooms. In an act of giving back to the community to help children, Baudo purchased over 50 books from all the proceeds she made from selling Mary Kay Products, hosting garage sales and bake sales.

When Valerie Baudo started earning extra money selling Mary Kay products and hosting garage sales and bake sales, she wanted to do something special with her profits and it wasn’t to buy something for herself. “I have been blessed throughout my life, especially when I was a child, with people who have helped me. For this reason, I wanted to give support to other children so they can positively change their own lives,” said Valerie Baudo, Silver Cross Hospital Stores & Distribution employee. So through her job at the hospital, Baudo learned of the National Hook-Up of Black Women (NHBW) & Silver Cross Hospital Reading Rooms, and felt this cause was a perfect one to support.

“Once I learned of the Reading Rooms’ purpose to fight literacy and help children avoid poverty by increasing their education level, I knew this was the right organization to donate 100 percent of my profits,” said Crestwood resident Baudo. “Even though I’m one person, it is so motivating knowing all my efforts and money are putting books in the hands of children, who may not have the opportunity to have books in their home.” In an act of giving back to the community, Baudo purchased over 50 books for the Reading Rooms from all the proceeds she made from selling Mary Kay Products, hosting garage sales, and bake sales.

 The Reading Rooms are a part of the NHBW organization’s Reading For Life Literacy Program. At the NHBW & Silver Cross Reading Rooms, children and parents are able to swap, borrow or take a book to keep in their own personal libraries. Silver Cross Hospital donated funds to purchase book shelves and other supplies for the Reading Rooms, and hold regular drives to make books easily accessible to children. In addition, the Housing Authority donated six computers available for children to access for school projects while they visit the Reading Rooms.  The NHBW & Silver Cross Reading Rooms have two locations. The first location is open from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Unity CDC – Center for Working Families at the Dave L. Evans Campus at 201 South Briggs Street, Joliet- just one block north of Interstate 80. (Formerly St. Mary Magdalene School). The second NHBW & Silver Cross Reading Room is open from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Fairview Homes Community Center at 1426 Englewood Street, Joliet. In the past year, the Reading for Life Literacy Program provided more than 6,700 books to over 2,100 children and adults in the community. Questions? Call (815) 727-0642.

“Silver Cross Hospital is very pleased to have partnered with the National Hook-Up of Black Women to help improve the health of the community,” said Ruth Colby, Senior Vice President/Chief Strategy Officer for Silver Cross Hospital. “Children who can read are prepared to make better life choices related to nutrition and career goals.  Silver Cross is deeply committed to the success of the Reading For Life Literacy Program, as we have a vested interest in helping area children to read – many of these children may be future Silver Cross employees.”

For more information about donating children’s books to the Reading for Life Literacy Program, call Gwen Ulmer, Community Relations Coordinator at Silver Cross Hospital, at (815) 740-1096.

“Name the Robot” winner announced

Posted on : 03-22-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Events, News, Replacement Hospital, Top 100 Hospitals

After sorting through thousands of names, the Procedural Care Unit Staff have chosen the name for the brand new, $2 million, state-of-the-art surgical system at Silver Cross Hospital. The da Vinci® SiTM Surgical System is the most advanced robotic-assisted surgical technology available.  The da Vinci system combines a surgeon’s skill with precision technology to provide patients with the newest minimally invasive option for hysterectomies, prostatectomies and other procedures.  Compared to traditional open surgeries, patients benefit from smaller incisions, minimal bleeding, shorter hospital stays and faster, less painful recoveries. 

And the name is… 

drumroll please… 



Tinley Park resident Suzanne Mitchell tests out the da Vinci surgical system’s control panel with Silver Cross Hospital’s Marybeth Antone. Mitchell was the winner of the “Name the Robot” contest held at Grand Opening for the new Silver Cross Hospital in February.


…Mia!  Tinley Park resident Suzanne Mitchell submitted the name during the community Housewarming Celebration for the new Hospital in February.  Mitchell submitted “Mia”, which she says is an acronym for minimally invasive approach.  “I had heard that Silver Cross was going to be offering more minimally invasive surgery at the new hospital so I immediately thought of the name after seeing the robot,” says Mitchell.  “The hospital is so beautiful and this new equipment will be such a benefit for patients.” 

Dr. Thai Nguyen, urologist, who will be performing the first procedure at Silver Cross in April using Mia, says the da Vinci robot helps surgeons see and work better.  “The robot allows me a magnified, 3-dimensional view of the operative field which is unmatched by traditional open surgery or conventional laparoscopy. The robotically-assisted instruments give me unparalleled dexterity and precision, which are essential to achieving excellent outcomes during complicated minimally-invasive procedures.”

Extended Hours now available

Posted on : 03-21-2012 | By : tsimons | In : I Matter Benefits, Mammography, Replacement Hospital, Top 100 Hospitals

A whole new world of care. Revolving around you. Now available when you need it most. The Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health represents a unique concept in coordinated healthcare and advanced diagnostics. The environment is spa-like and soothing. The care is progressive and patient-focused. Diagnostic results will be available the same day as your appointment and screening results will be available within 24 hours. And should you require it, a certified breast health nurse is on hand to help you coordinate the next steps in your care.

Schedule your mammogram today. Our new hours are:

  •  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7 a.m.- 5p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.
  • Saturday 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, contact your physician then request an appointment online or call us at (815) 300-6350. And don’t forget! Women who schedule thier mammogram at the Center for Women’s Health are automatically enrolled in our I Matter program.

Free Screenings on March 27

Posted on : 03-20-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Events, I Matter Benefits

In recognition of the American Diabetes Association’s American Diabetes Alert, the Silver Cross Diabetes Center in partnership with the Joliet Noon Lions Club will offer free screenings to detect diabetes on Tuesday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Pavilion Lobby, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Participants will be offered a Diabetes Risk Assessment and Blood Glucose Test as well as Walgreens will provide a free blood pressure screening. No fasting is required.

Diabetes is a silent disease and if left untreated can harm your eyes, heart, nerves and kidneys just by having too much sugar in the bloodstream.  The risk factors for diabetes increase with age and weight gain.  Diabetes is more common in African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.  Those who are at risk have high blood pressure, a family history of diabetes or have delivered a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth.  Most people with diabetes do not notice any symptoms.  However, if you are constantly thirsty, urinate frequently or lose weight without trying, you should see a physician.Amongst many complications, Diabetes can also cause blindness, which is a devastating disease the Lions Clubs around the world are working to prevent.  By partnering with Silver Cross, the area’s most comprehensive diabetes management program, the two hope to work together to prevent individuals in the community from these chronic diseases. The Lions Club will be collecting used eyeglasses, hearing aids, and cell phones during the day which they will then distribute to those in need.

 “Many patients learn for the first time that they have diabetes while in the hospital,” says Patsy Harris, RN, Silver Cross Diabetes Center Program Manager. “Last year, 24 percent of our inpatients had a primary or secondary diagnosis of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. By diagnosing diabetes early, we can help our patients manage the disease and keep them out of the hospital and have a fulfilling healthier and active lifestyle.”

A look back: Building the Replacement Hospital

Posted on : 03-19-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Replacement Hospital, Video

This is a construction photo montage of the new Silver Cross Replacement Hospital, which opened February 26, 2012. Photos are courtesy of Mortenson Construction.

Festive fish: A Recipe!

Posted on : 03-17-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Recipes
We were craving some festive eats in honor of St.Patrick’s day and we stumbled upong this perfect recipe: a healthy twist on fish and chips! Corn flakes (brownie points if you use whole grain corn flakes) make these fish and chips crispy without any frying but still pack the crunch you love.  Let us know if you try it on our Facebook page, we’d love to see photos of your dishes.

For the fish
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp.salt
1⁄4 cup hot sauce
1/4 cup buttermilk
4 cups corn flakes, crushed to make about 1 2/3 cups
6 Alaskan wild cod fillets (4-6 oz. each)
2 tbsp. canola oil

For the chips
48 small potatoes, red bliss, Yukon gold, or Peruvian blue
3 tbsp. olive oil

3/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
ground pepper to taste
1⁄4 cup fresh herbs including chives, parsley, rosemary, thyme; minced

For the fish
1) In a shallow dish mix flour and salt. In another shallow dish, beat buttermilk and hot sauce with a fork. Place crushed cereal in a third shallow dish. 2)Dip fish in flour, coating well. Shake off excess. 3) Dip floured fish in buttermilk mixture and then in cereal, coating all sides completely. Place coated fish on an ungreased plate. 4) In a 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat until hot. Keeping at least 1-inch between fish fillets, cooking in batches, if needed. Cook fish in oil 3 to 4 minutes on each side, turning once, until well browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. 5)If needed, place cooked fish on paper towels on a cookie sheet and keep warm in a 225 degrees Fahrenheit oven while cooking the remaining fish.

For the chips
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash and scrub potatoes. Cut potatoes in half. Pat potatoes dry with paper towels. Place potatoes on a sheet pan and drizzle with 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil, 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt and pepper. Toss potatoes to evenly coat in oil and salt.Place potatoes cut side down and put into preheated oven. Roast for 30 minutes until the bottoms are browned and the potatoes are soft.While potatoes roast make an herb oil by mincing your herbs very fine and stir into the remaining oil with the last 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Stir well. Once potatoes are roasted remove from the sheet pan and place in a bowl. Drizzle the herb oil over top and toss.

Nutrition score per serving (one cod fillet and eight potatoes):
Calories: 281
Fat: 6.5 grams
Carbs: 25.9 grams
Protein: 28.1 grams

This recipe serves 6. For other great St. Patrick’s Day recipe ideas, be sure to visit Shape.com. 

Free Colon Cancer Screenings!

Posted on : 03-16-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Health Tips, I Matter Benefits

Childerguild continues to give

Posted on : 03-15-2012 | By : tsimons | In : News, Replacement Hospital

Paul Pawlak, President/CEO at Silver Cross Hospital, accepts a check for $50,000 from outgoing Childerguild President Marcia Obman-Gray. Funds for this donation were raised from proceeds from the Childerguild Gift Shop to benefit the Silver Cross Women and Infant Services Birthing Center.

Recently Childerguild presented Silver Cross with $50,000 to support the hospital’s Women and Infant Services Birthing Center. For the past 102 years, the local charitable organization has donated more than $2.3 million to support women’s and children’s services at Silver Cross Hospital. The funds will be used as payment against their pledge of $250,000 to fund the Post Partum unit in the new Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.“For 102 years Childerguild has been thrilled to support Silver Cross Hospital,” said new Childerguild President Holly Tomashek. “Childerguild members are honored to continue this tradition of service by working on projects that will continue to benefit women and children who will be patients at the new Silver Cross Hospital for generations to come.”

In the past, Childerguild’s donations have been used to purchase equipment for the Maternal Child Department. This includes a VeinViewer, Abaer Newborn Hearing tester and electronic fetal monitor.

The Women and Infant Services Birthing Center at new the Silver Cross Hospital features 30 large private, patient rooms designed to be acuity-adaptable, which means that the space, supplies and staff are available in the room to deliver the appropriate level of care to the patient rather than transfer the patient between units as needs change. And, procedures can be performed at the bedside as needed.  The Birthing Center features mother/baby couplet care; the same nurse caring for the mother as well as the baby, which improves continuity and communication between the patient, her nurse and her physicians. The Birthing Center also features an admission and holding nursery and a special care nursery with eight infant care centers, a lactation consultation lounge, and an education conference room. It also includes three nesting rooms, an isolation nursery and treatment room. The Labor & Delivery unit includes 12 spacious rooms, with an 8 bed triage, two operating room suites, four bed recovery rooms, and an outpatient testing clinic located in the medical service building.In addition, each room includes wireless internet, 30” flat screen TV system, and family-friendly décor that can be controlled by the patient. There also is a comfortable sofa-sleeper so family members can stay around the clock and be involved in the plan of care. 

For more information about the new Silver Cross Hospital, visit here.  To assist the area’s only community hospital in its initiative to bring state-of-the-art lifesaving services close to home, call the Silver Cross Foundation at (815) 740-7105.