Last chance! Free chocolate deal ends tomorrow

Posted on : 09-29-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Uncategorized

make strides to end breast cancer

Posted on : 09-26-2012 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Celebration of Health, Events

The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital and the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health are joining forces with the American Cancer Society to help end breast cancer and they need your support! Join the team today!

On Saturday, October 7 you can join team “UofC Medicine Cancer Center at Silver Cross” at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet at 9 a.m. for a 5k walk. Click here to register.

Or join the team on Saturday, October 14 at Centennial Park in Orland Park at 9 a.m. Click here to register.

Want to learn more about the Making Strides event? Click here.

Chapel dedicated to former nurse, wife, mother

Posted on : 09-24-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Uncategorized

Pictured wearing the Silver Cross Hospital Sangmeister Medal Award are Frank Margaron and his late wife, Twilla at a past Childerguild Ball.

To honor the memory of his late wife, Twilla, local businessman and New Lenox resident Frank Margaron and his family donated funds to build the Silver Cross Chapel at the new Silver Cross Hospital at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. The nondenominational Chapel was dedicated to all nurses everywhere.

“Twilla was a loving caregiver to all who knew her and her faith meant a great deal to her,” said Frank Margaron, Twilla’s husband of 60 years. “The Silver Cross Chapels have been a passion for my wife and me for decades. Because of our interest, my children, Brett and Janet, and I thought it was appropriate to donate funds to support the Chapel at the new Silver Cross Hospital. We feel honoring Twilla in this way was right since she was such a faithful person and compassionate nurse.”

The Margaron children also helped design the plaque honoring their mother, Twilla, which is posted outside the Chapel’s entranceway. The plaque reads: “In loving tribute to Twilla S. Humbert Margaron to the selfless service of nurses worldwide. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16”

Twilla Margaron was born in Dwight, IL and lived in New Lenox. She was a 1950 graduate of the Silver Cross School of Nursing and worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dwight for many years. She was an active member of the Advisory Board, which operates the Silver Cross Encore Resale Shop. For years, Twilla and Frank were active members of the New Life Church in New Lenox.

“We are so grateful to Frank and his family for their donation,” said Larry Johnson, Vice President of the Silver Cross Foundation.  “As a result of their generosity, the Margaron Family not only honored Twilla’s inspirational life, but also provided a tranquil space for our patients and their families to pray, reflect and relax during their hospital visit,” adds Johnson.

Located inside the Silver Cross Chapel is a reflection area with comfy chairs and couches for patients, families and guests to gather. Visitors can draw inspiration from the beautiful stained glass windows that illuminate an entire wall. These stained glass panels were the original glass work from the hospital’s previous campus in Joliet, and were transferred into the new Chapel once the hospital moved to New Lenox in February 2012.

“Frank and Twilla have always given unselfishly of their time and resources to the betterment of our entire community,” said Silver Cross Hospital Chaplain Kay Collins. “We are so appreciative to have a beautiful Chapel to comfort our patients and their families.”

The Silver Cross Chapel is located in the new Silver Cross Hospital. Visitors can access the Chapel from the first floor of the hospital near the front entrance lobby. The Chapel is opened 24 hours a day and seven days a week. In addition, guests can take advantage of the many amenities near the Chapel including the Café 1900 Coffee Shop, Library and Childerguild Gift Shop.

Heartfelt Community Leader
Frank Margaron has been a passionate community-minded leader for most of his life. In addition to supporting the new Silver Cross Chapel, Frank led the charge to relocate the original Silver Cross Chapel that was located on the Joliet campus. He feels it is important to give people space to reflect and pray within a hospital, especially when they or a family member are encountering stressful times in their lives.

Frank is founder and owner of Atlas Construction Services in Joliet. For 25 years, he was a member of the Silver Cross Board of Directors serving 20 of those years as Chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee.  He was a member of the Silver Cross Foundation Board of Directors and volunteered his time for 12 years as a member of the Silver Cross Golf and Tennis Charity Classic Executive Committee.  He also served as Chairman of this Golf and Tennis event.

In addition, Frank has also served on the board of directors for the Joliet East Fire Department and volunteered his services on a couple of construction projects for Salem Village.  He is past president of the Joliet Evening Lions Club, Joliet Country Club, the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, and Will County Contractors Association.  He also supported the Lewis University Nursing Scholarship program and through his church, has led construction missions in East Berlin, France and Wisconsin. 

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) 300-7105.

Free Medicare Advantage Program Sept. 24

Posted on : 09-21-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Events

Posted on : 09-21-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Health Tips

Free screenings this weekend at the French Market

Posted on : 09-20-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Events

The New Lenox French Market is a wonderful way to spend your Saturday, not only can you pick up fresh produce for your meals, but there are plenty of fun and entertaining activities for people of all ages!Be sure to stop by the Silver Cross booth this Saturday, July 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. for your free blood pressure screening.

New Lenox French Market is at the Village Hall South Parking Lot (located by Gear and Haven Avenue) right off the Old Plank Trail bike path.

I Matter Monday: Deal of the day

Posted on : 09-17-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, I Matter Benefits

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Posted on : 09-13-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Events

Posted on : 09-10-2012 | By : tsimons | In : Health Tips, Top 100 Hospitals

exciting news…

Posted on : 09-08-2012 | By : tsimons | In : News, Replacement Hospital, Top 100 Hospitals, Welcome!

Woo hoo! We are excited to announce that The American Alliance of Healthcare Providers (AAHCP) has recognized Silver Cross  as a Hospital of Choice for 2012. This is the 8th time that Silver Cross has been recognized as one of America’s most customer friendly hospitals!

“Winning this award year after year shows our commitment to treating patients the way they should be treated by consistently providing an unrivaled health care experience,” says Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital. 

The American Alliance of Healthcare Providers created the Hospital of Choice Awards in 2002 to help consumers find a top quality hospital with excellent customer service skills. The Choice Hospitals are judged based on their competence, public communication, reputation, good citizenship, and customer service skills exhibited by staff members.  For example, researchers review public documents to evaluate the public service events and collaborative relationships established by community hospitals and score these relationships against hospitals of similar size.  AAHCP also uses secret shoppers to test the various aspects of service performance. Each year AAHCP evaluates approximately 400-500 hospitals for consideration of this annual award. Winners are posted on the website

“The hospitals selected for this honor must display a remarkable affinity toward quality care, customer satisfaction and community service,” explains AAHCP President R. Vincent Parr. “In short, we recognize hospitals that care about all their customers.”