Slowing Down a Fast Beating Heart

Posted on : 11-19-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Health Tips, Heart Health, News
Michael Trovato, Jr. came back to visit with the some of folks who staff from Silver who cared for him 6during his heart ablation procedure to treat his Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib). From left to right are Brendan Casey, Manager of Cardiology, Endoscopy, and Interventional Radiology; Cindy Jansen, RT; Sunil Shroff, M.D., internal medicine and cardiovascular disease physician; patient Michael Trovato, Jr.; Peyton Webb, RN; and Bob Dominik, RT.

Michael Trovato, Jr. came back to visit with the some of folks who staff from Silver who cared for him 6during his heart ablation procedure to treat his Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib). From left to right are Brendan Casey, Manager of Cardiology, Endoscopy, and Interventional Radiology; Cindy Jansen, RT; Sunil Shroff, M.D., internal medicine and cardiovascular disease physician; patient Michael Trovato, Jr.; Peyton Webb, RN; and Bob Dominik, RT.

For 59 year-old Michael Trovato, Jr. his life began to dramatically change 13 months ago. His heart began racing, he couldn’t sleep, his energy level was low, and he suffered from severe shortness of breath. Life as he knew it began to stop. “As the months went by, I couldn’t even golf or bowl any more – two hobbies that I avidly have done for years,” said the Tinley Park resident . “My health declined so poorly that I was unable to work 6 months prior to having my heart ablation procedure at Silver Cross Hospital. But now, I’m thrilled to report that I am a new man thanks to the fantastic care I received from Dr. Shroff and the staff at Silver Cross. My heart rate has slowed down, I’m sleeping 6 to 7 hours a night and I’m enjoying an active lifestyle once again.”

Michael’s family practice physician referred him to cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. Sunil Shroff who immediately diagnosed Michael with Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib).

For the over 3 million people in the U.S. who live with A-Fib, every day life is a challenge.  And for Michael Trovato, Jr. everyday life became overwhelming.

“After trying various medications that didn’t offer me any relief, I knew I needed to do something to improve my health,Michael said. “I am so glad to have met such an experienced and knowledgeable doctor as Dr. Shroff who offered me a better solution by performing an ablation of my heart.”

What is Atrial Flutter/Atrial Fibrillation?

Electrical system problems of the heart may make the atria beat faster than normal. “If the atria beats quickly, but still evenly, it is called atrial flutter. If the atria beats very quickly and unevenly, it is called atrial fibrillation, which was what Michael suffered from for over a year,” says Dr. Sunil Shroff, cardiologist at Silver Cross Hospital who specializes in electrophysiology.

With atrial fibrillation, cells in the atria (upper chambers of the heart) send fast, irregular and uncoordinated electrical signals to the ventricles (lower chambers of the heart). These extra signals make the atria beat very quickly and unevenly. As a result, the atria may beat so fast and unevenly that it may quiver instead of contracting fully for each heartbeat.

“If the atria does not contract, it doesn’t move enough blood into the ventricles. This is what leads to symptoms such as dizziness and weakness,” said Dr. Shroff. “So blood that isn’t kept moving can pool and form clots in the atria. These clots can move into other parts of the body and cause serious problems, such as a stroke.”

Common symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation are palpitations (a fluttering, fast heartbeat), weakness or tiredness, shortness of breath, chest pain or tightness, dizziness or lightheadedness, or fainting spells.

What Causes this to Occur?

Hypertension (high blood pressure) and valvular heart disease- especially mitral stenois and mitral insufficiency- increase the risk of atrial fibrillation. Many people (up to 50% of patients) get A-Fib after open-heart surgery. Extreme emotional or physical stress such as severe infections, severe pain, and thyroid problems can trigger A-Fib as well. Some cases have been reported where caffeine (in coffee, tea, sodas) and chocolate (in large amounts) also trigger episodes of A-fib. Also, many times atrial fibrillation has no known precipitating cause.

Learn More

Come learn more about A-Fib and the latest treatment options available such as ablation of the heart at a free lecture hosted by Silver Cross Hospital and Dr. Shroff. Slowing Down A Fast Beating Heart will be held Wednesday, December 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd, New Lenox. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Helping a Smoker Quit: Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on : 11-10-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Cancer, Discounts, Events, Health Tips, screening

smokeoutThe American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout will take place on Nov. 20, 2014. The annual event encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

As a concerned family member or friend, there are several ways you can help someone you care about quit smoking. Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts:


  • Respect that the quitter is in charge. This is their lifestyle change and their challenge, not yours.
  • Ask the person whether they want you to ask regularly how they’re doing. Ask how they’re feeling – not just whether they’ve stayed quit.
  • Let the person know that it’s OK to talk to you whenever they need to hear encouraging words.
  • Help the quitter get what they need, such as hard candy to suck on, straws to chew on, and fresh veggies cut up and kept in the refrigerator.
  • Spend time doing things with the quitter to keep their mind off smoking – go to the movies, take a walk to get past a craving (what many call a “nicotine fit”), or take a bike ride together.
  • Try to see it from the smoker’s point of view – a smoker’s habit may feel like an old friend that’s always been there when times were tough. It’s hard to give that up.
  • Make your home smoke free, meaning that no one can smoke in any part of the house.
  • Remove all lighters and ash trays from your home. Remove anything that reminds them of smoking
  • Wash clothes that smell like smoke. Clean carpets and drapes. Use air fresheners to help get rid of the tobacco smells – and don’t forget the car, too.
  • Help the quitter with a few chores, some child care, cooking – whatever will help lighten the stress of quitting.
  • Celebrate along the way. Quitting smoking is a BIG DEAL!


  • Doubt the smoker’s ability to quit. Your faith in them reminds them they can do it.
  • Judge, nag, preach, tease, or scold. This may make the smoker feel worse about him or herself. You don’t want your loved one to turn to a cigarette to soothe hurt feelings.
  • Take the quitter’s grumpiness personally during their nicotine withdrawal. Tell them that you understand the symptoms are real and remind them that they won’t last forever. The symptoms usually get better in about 2 weeks.
  • Offer advice. Just ask how you can help with the plan or program they are using.


Homer 32-slice CT scannerYou should also encourage the smoker to have a low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends annual screening in adults age 55 and 80 who have a 30-pack year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. A 30-pack year is the equivalent to one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years. To help eliminate any financial barriers to getting screened, Silver Cross is offering CT Lung Cancer Screenings for just $100 through the end of the year at the Hospital and the Silver Cross Health Center in Homer Glen. You will need a doctor’s order. And, cash, check or credit card will be accepted at the time of your appointment. Insurance will not be billed. To take advantage of the special offer, request an appointment online or call (815) 300-7076. $100 could save your life!

Get “Hip” on New Ways to Stop Hip Pain

Posted on : 10-28-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Aches & Pains, Events, Health Tips, News

hip painAre you tired of enduring another day of hip pain? Whether the origin of your pain is arthritis or a degenerative illness, help is available for you to suffer no longer. To understand the causes and treatments of hip pain, Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free program Nov. 18.

Join Dr. Tom Antkowiak and Dr. Rajeev Puri, orthopedic surgeons with Oak Orthopedics, to learn the latest treatment plans for hip pain and degenerative hip conditions including hip arthroscopy and minimally invasive anterior total hip replacement. This free program will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

The hip joint is designed to withstand repetitive motion and a reasonable amount of wear and tear. This ball-and-socket joint fits together in a way that allows for seamless movement. Whenever you use the hip, a cushion of cartilage prevents friction as the hip moves in its socket.

“Over time and with age, the cartilage in the hip can wear out,” said Tom Antkowiak, M.D., orthopedic surgeon. “As the cartilage continues to wear we are often left with bone on bone arthritis which slows patients down and leads to increased pain. If caught early, we are often able to use minimally invasive techniques to slow the progression of arthritis and get patients back to the activities they love.”

Symptoms of Hip Pain

Depending on the source that’s causing hip pain, you might feel discomfort in the following areas: buttocks, thigh, outside of the hip joint, deep groin or the back.

Get medical attention right away if:

  • The hip pain came on suddenly.
  • A fall or other injury triggered the hip pain.
  • Your hip looks deformed or is bleeding.
  • You experienced a painful popping in the hip.
  • The pain is intense.
  • You can’t put any weight on your hip.

Relieve the Pain

If your hip pain is caused by a muscle or tendon strain, or osteoarthritis, you can usually relieve it with an over-the-counter pain medication or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.

Another way to relieve hip pain is by holding ice to the area for about 15 minutes a few times a day.

If you have arthritis, exercising the hip joint with low-impact exercises, stretching, and resistance training can reduce pain and improve joint mobility. For example, swimming is a good non-impact exercise for arthritis.

When osteoarthritis becomes so severe that the pain is intense or the hip joint looses motion, a total hip replacement (arthroplasty) may be a consideration.

“An accurate diagnosis is vital in deciding the appropriate treatment for hip pain. For this reason, it is imperative to see an orthopedic specialist who is specially trained to evaluate such conditions,” said Rajeev Puri, M.D., orthopedic surgeon.


Find Relief for Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Posted on : 10-27-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Aches & Pains, Bone Health, Events, Health Tips, News

Cervical-Stenosis (1)Have you been suffering for years from a nagging pain in either your neck, shoulders or legs? You may be suffering from a condition known as cervical spinal stenosis. To help understand the causes and treatments of this type of pain, Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free program on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

Join Dr. Thomas Hurley, neurosurgeon, for a discussion on minimally invasive treatments available for cervical spinal stenosis—a common problem in people over age 50. This free lecture – Cervical Spinal Stenosis - will be held in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Pavilion A, New Lenox at 6:30 p.m. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

“Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal causing pressure on the spinal cord and/or nerves,” said Dr.  Hurley. These changes might create minor aches in some patients, although in more severe cases, the pain can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. So to avoid the pain from getting worse, patients need to seek medical attention.”

Symptoms of Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Many people older than 50 years of age have some narrowing of the spinal canal but do not have symptoms. Cervical spinal stenosis does not cause symptoms unless the spinal cord or nerves becomes squeezed. Symptoms usually develop slowly over a long period of time and may include:

  • Stiffness, pain, numbness, or weakness in the neck, shoulders, legs, arms, or hands.
  • Balance and coordination problems, such as shuffling or tripping while walking.
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control (incontinence).

How is Spinal Stenosis Treated?

Spinal stenosis can be treated several ways. Treatment options include:

Changes in posture. People with spinal stenosis may find that flexing the spine by leaning forward while walking relieves their symptoms.

Medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen may help relieve symptoms.

Surgery. If other treatments do not ease the pain, surgery may be recommended to relieve the pressure on affected nerves.

“The best way to develop a treatment plan is to diagnose the severity of Spinal Stenosis. With so many innovative treatments available today, patients can learn the best options with a physician visit,” says Dr. Hurley.


Hollywood Extravaganza Planned for the 86th Annual Childerguild Ball

Posted on : 10-07-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Events

imagesCAOQOE6GIt’s lights, camera, action for this year’s Childerguild Ball benefitting women and children’s services at Silver Cross Hospital. Known as one of the premier events of the holiday season, Childerguild will roll out the red carpet Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. Cocktails will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Medals of Excellence presentations, dinner, and dancing to the Don Cagen Orchestra.

The 86th annual Ball will be a star-studded affair in true Hollywood-style honoring two local celebrities: Frederick Alexander, M.D. and Brother James Gaffney, FSC.

Sehring Medal of Excellence Honoring Dr. Fred Alexander

ALEXANDER, FREDThe Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence, honoring the memory of George H. Sehring, M.D.—a dedicated physician who served the community for more than 40 years, recognizes the accomplishments of an outstanding individual for service to the health care profession. This year’s recipient is Fred Alexander, M.D.—an infectious disease physician who has served the  healthcare community for over 35 years. During his career, Dr Alexander spent much time researching the rapid diagnosis and therapy of respiratory infections.

Over the years, Dr. Alexander always found time to give back to the community. Dr. Alexander and his wife were instrumental in founding the Trinity Christian School where he has served as Chairman of the school’s Board for 20 years. Dr. Alexander has also participated in several international medical mission trips. During each of these visits, the group spent a week providing medical care in underprivileged areas in Honduras, Bolivia, and Ecuador.

Sangmeister Medal of Excellence Honoring Br. James Gaffney, FSC

BJGThe Silver Cross Sangmeister Medal of Excellence will also be awarded at the Childerguild Ball. This Medal of Excellence is named after the late U.S. Congressman George E. Sangmeister, the medal’s first recipient, and is awarded to a leading citizen recognized for competence, service and dedication in a field other than healthcare that contributes to the common good. The recipient exemplifies the values of caring service that is the cornerstone of Silver Cross Hospital.

This year’s recipient is Br. James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University. For the past 26 years, his vision and leadership has transformed the university into the seventh largest private, not-for-profit university in Illinois. During his tenure, enrollment has tripled to nearly 6,600 students. But what he is most proud of is the opportunity to provide his students a unique college experience that infuses the Catholic and Lasallian Mission into every aspect of University life.  Br. Gaffney is an outstanding example of a person who unselfishly has given many hours of his time to help others and improve the quality of life of Will County residents.

Secure your Ticket

Tickets are $200 per person and include an open bar. Black tie attire optional. Call Childerguild Ball Committee Member Robin Hartney at (815) 922-5376 to make reservations.

5 Ways You can Prevent Falling

Posted on : 09-23-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Rehabilitation, screening


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. And the consequences are great; seniors suffer from 360,000 to 480,000 fall-related fractures each year.

Here are five ways things you can do to stay independent and reduce your chances of falling.

  1. Exercise regularly. It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance. Tai Chi programs are especially good.
  2. Ask doctor or pharmacist to review medicines—both prescription and over-the counter—to identify medicines that may cause side effects or interactions such as dizziness or drowsiness.
  3. Have eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update eyeglasses to maximize vision. Consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for some activities such as walking outside.
  4. Make your home safer by reducing tripping hazards such as throw rugs, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding railings on both sides of stairways, and improving the lighting in your homes.
  5. Take part in a free fall and balance screening with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross. The screening includes blood pressure readings, balance assessment, referral for treatment if needed. To schedule an appointment, call (815) 300-7110.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 7 & Thursday, October 9:  Silver Cross Hospital-Pavilion A, New Lenox
  • Tuesdays, Oct. 14 & 21:  Silver Cross Health Center–Homer Glen
  • Monday, Oct. 27 & Wednesday, Oct. 29:  at Silver Cross Professional Building–West Joliet.

“Individuals who have been experiencing dizziness or vertigo, have had a history of falls, near falls, or simply a fear of falling are excellent candidates for a balance screening,” said Valerie Paluszak, Manager of Outpatient Rehabilitation for The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital. “It is so important to get screened because these falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death.”


Silver Crossings Craft & Vendor Fair Coming Soon

Posted on : 09-18-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Events

childercraft 077The Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons will hold the third annual Silver Crossings Vendor/Craft Fair on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 am. to 3 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  Free valet and shuttle bus service.  Admission is also free.  Strollers are welcome.

Over 40 artisans will be selling handmade craft items and homemade baked goods. Lunch will be available for purchase in the Silver Cross Hospital Seasons Dining Room. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each or six for $5.  Prizes include three $500 cash gifts and one Christmas Trees with $250 in scratch-off Illinois Lottery tickets.  The drawing will be held on Oct. 25. Winner need not be present.

Proceeds from the Vendor/Craft Fair benefit the Silver Cross Inpatient Dialysis Unit.  For more information, call Volunteer Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117.


New Treatments for Breast Cancer

Posted on : 09-15-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Cancer, Events, Health Tips, News

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. On the contrary, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors currently in the United States. Silver Cross Hospital is offering a free program where a panel of physicians will discuss new breast cancer treatments and how more women can become survivors of the disease.

Free Program

Join University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross experts Dr. Anne McCall, radiation oncologist and Dr. Grace K. Suh, medical oncologist, along with Dr. Andre Edwards, radiologist on staff at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, for a discussion on how the occurrence of breast cancer has changed over time and a look at new diagnostics and treatment options used to treat women with breast cancer. Participants will win a gift bag and be entered into a drawing to receive a free mammography screening. The Cancer Support Center will also share information about local services for cancer patients and families. This free program will occur on Tuesday, October 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Pavilion A, New Lenox. Register to attend online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

“A majority of breast cancer cases can be cured when found and treated at an early stage, so regular mammogram screenings are very important,” said Dr. Andre Edwards, musculoskeletal radiology and board-certified radiology physician who is on staff at Silver Cross Hospital.

Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too.

Risk Factors & Prevention

Risk factors for breast cancer include older age, specific inherited genetic alterations, hormone therapy, having radiation therapy to the chest, consuming alcohol, and being overweight. It may be possible to decrease the risk of breast cancer by getting exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.

New Coordinated Approach to Treating Breast Cancer

Patients can now get recommendations from a group of breast cancer experts on the next steps to take with a convenient, one-stop experience through a new Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference that is available at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital.

“We know women are extremely busy taking care of everyone else in their lives, so we wanted to make it easy for them to get all the necessary information and medical opinions to make an informed decision as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Suh. “The sooner we can start treatment, the better chance we have to eradicate the disease.”

The multi-disciplinary team meets in the Cancer Center for a Breast Conference every Tuesday morning. At the Conference, physician specialists representing general surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, plastic surgery and pathology review the patients’ clinical information, radiological images and pathology slides with state-of-the-art equipment to develop a consensus recommendation. The team documents the recommendations and a certified breast nurse navigator provides the recommendation to the patient’s doctor within 24 hours.

“Having all of the specialists in one room, at one time, improves communication and allows for sharing information with each other. The physicians benefit by being able to talk about the treatment plan together, and the patient benefits from timely recommendations by a team of experts,” said Dr. McCall.

Patients now benefit from a wide array of breast cancer tests and treatments on the Silver Cross campus including digital mammography, breast MRI, ultrasound and biopsies, and the latest chemotherapy and radiation therapies including clinical trials. Prone breast radiation is available, where radiation is administered on a specially-designed table to help the woman lie more comfortably in the prone position, on her stomach, which may prevent radiation to the underlying heart and lung. Certain women may also be able to receive their radiation in only three weeks. In addition, new plastic surgery techniques such as flap microsurgical breast reconstruction are now available at Silver Cross Hospital.

Patients who could benefit from the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference should contact their primary care physician.

Using your own Stem Cells to treat Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Posted on : 09-08-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Bone Health, Events, News

Depositphotos_1429163_S3According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 27 million people in America have osteoarthritis. As we age, our joints often develop osteoarthritis—a destruction of the cartilage or protective tissue of the joint. Dr. Robert Daley, orthopedic surgeon who is on staff at Silver Cross Hospital, is among a select group of physicians around the country to offer stem cell treatment to relieve knee osteoarthritis pain and chronic tendonitis. Silver Cross Hospital in conjunction with Hinsdale Orthopaedics Group is offering a lecture that will educate area residents on how they can find relief with this new innovative treatment.  This free program—Using Your Own Stem Cells to Treat Osteoarthritis of the Knee, will be heldTuesday, September 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, Pavilion A, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Learn about this unique, nonsurgical procedure, which uses your own stem cells to promote healing. Register to attend this program online or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Do you suffer from Osteoarthritis Pain?

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that affects the knee. Osteoarthritis is a process where the cartilage in the joint gradually wears away. Ostearthritis may be caused by excess stress on the joint such as repeated injury or being overweight.

Osteoarthritis symptoms usually develop gradually. Common symptoms include:

  • Sore joints – in the hips, knees, and lower back — after inactivity or overuse
  • Stiffness after resting that disappears after movement
  • Pain that is worse after activity or at the end of the day.

Traditionally, treating osteoarthritis consisted of a series of steps – weight loss, pain medications, anti-inflammatory medications, injections and if necessary surgery. However a new innovative treatment exists using a patient’s own stem cells to regenerate the lost cartilage and strengthen the supporting structure of the joint.

“Through this minimally invasive technology, pain can be reduced in a patient who suffers from mild to moderate arthritis of the knee when trying to avoid a total knee replacement,” said Dr. Robert Daley, orthopedic surgeon on staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “During the outpatient procedure, stem cells are removed from the patient’s hip area and implanted into the knee. Then the cells regenerate tissue that resembles natural cartilage that replaces worn out areas in joints.”

“There are many benefits of Stem Cell Therapy. Through this new technology, many patients are able to find relief from stiffness and pain caused by osteoarthritis without undergoing surgery or a long recovery,” said Dr. Daley.  “In addition, they can have reduced knee pain and their quality of life may be improved.”

Encore Shop Back-to-School Sale

Posted on : 07-21-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, Events, News

Silver Cross Hospital’s resale shop—Encore Shop, will host a Back-to-School Sale, Tuesday, Aug, 5 and Wednesday, Aug, 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Some of the items available to purchase include:

  • school and office supplies
  • back packs
  • binders
  • dorm room necessities
  • and other school related materials.  

All proceeds benefit Silver Cross Hospital, a not-for-profit health care provider. In addition, beginning Aug. 5, all other items in the Encore Shop will be half-price.

The Encore Shop is located in the Hershman Building, 1301 Copperfield Ave., Joliet—on the former Silver Cross Hospital campus.  The store is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Donations can be dropped off at the Encore Shop in Joliet or in the collection bin outside Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.  For more information, call either the Encore Shop at (815) 300-7642 or Volunteers Services at Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7117. 

For over 50 years the Encore Shop has been operated by a volunteer group of women called the Silver Cross Advisory Board.  In the past 12 years, the Advisory Board has donated more than $935,000 to Silver Cross for the purchase of a variety of medical equipment.  The group recently completed a $75,000 pledge to purchase the water feature in the Dralle Serenity Garden outside the new Silver Cross Hospital at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox.