Silver Cross celebrates first anniversary at new location

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Just one year ago, Silver Cross Hospital relocated from Joliet to a 70-acre campus easily accessible at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. With its new campus, Silver Cross Hospital has been able to increase diagnostics and treatment, offer more and better p

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On Feb. 26, the staff at Silver Cross Hospital celebrated the first anniversary of moving to its new location at I-355 and Route 6.

Just one year ago, the hospital opened its doors and successfully transferred 129 patients from Joliet to the new 289-bed, 560,000-square-foot hospital in New Lenox that is equipped with advanced technology and spacious, private rooms. Since moving day,

the hospital has flourished with amazing increases in patient volumes and new healthcare services for area residents.

“I attribute the majority of Silver Cross’ success in the past year to our employees, physicians and volunteers,” said Paul Pawlak, president and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital. “They continue to deliver award-winning care to our patients and their families all while adjusting to a brand new environment.”

Since moving to the new campus, Silver Cross Hospital admissions have increased 24 percent, surgeries by 15 percent, and emergency visits by 13 percent. The most dramatic change has been the number of babies born over the past year. While the birth rate has declined throughout the country, Silver Cross delivered over 2,000 babies in the past 12 months ... a 37 percent increase since moving to the new hospital.

“Everybody wants to drive a new car and live in a new house,” said Pawlak. “So it is no surprise that patients want to be cared for in a new hospital ... and we are ready to welcome them with open arms. Patients are asking their doctors to send them to Silver Cross, which has led to a 39 percent increase in our medical staff in the last four years. We now have over 720 physicians on staff.”

“Not only have we increased the number of physicians on staff, we also enhanced the expertise within our medical staff,” said Alexander Sosenko, M.D., Chief of Staff at Silver Cross.

In addition to expanding the medical staff, Silver Cross has also created new healthcare jobs in Will County.

“Since opening, we have hired 400 caregivers and continue to recruit in a variety of areas including nursing and surgery,” said Pawlak. “Our new facility, combined with our unique culture, has made Silver Cross an attractive place to work.”

Silver Cross has also kept its promise to offer new services and enhanced expertise through partnerships with academic medical centers including the University of Chicago Medical Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Just a few weeks after moving, the Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center opened in Pavilion A, offering patients treatment and diagnosis for insomnia, narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea and sleep related breathing and movement disorders. Patients can experience a sleep study online or take a risk assessment at www.silvercross.org/sleepdisorderscenter.

Silver Cross has introduced the da Vinci Si Robot, named “Mia” for its minimally invasive approach, through a grand opening contest. It has been used by specially trained physicians to perform more than 250 robotic surgeries for prostatectomies, gynecological procedures, and several medical oncology surgeries for colorectal, breast, stomach, and esophageal cancers.

“The surgical robot offers our patients better clinical outcomes, including less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and faster return to normal activities,” said Dr. Thai Nguyen, Medical Director of the Robotic Surgery Program.

Offering robotic surgery is one of the factors that led Silver Cross and select physicians to be designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) by the AAGL, the leading association of minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons worldwide, and Surgical Review Corporation. Achieving COEMIG designation places Silver Cross at the forefront of minimally invasive gynecologic surgical care, offering expert care for women who face surgical treatment for hysterectomies, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, prolapse and other gynecologic conditions.

On June 26, the hospital opened the 20,000-square-foot Carolyn J. Czerkies Pavilion, home to the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Cancer Center is a collaboration between Silver Cross and University of Chicago Medicine, bringing specialists and access to advanced and investigational therapies to a community hospital setting. Patients have convenient access to state-of-the-art chemotherapy and radiation therapy, as well as more clinical trials than any other program in Illinois.

Silver Cross opened a fourth location in Homer Glen offering outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapies under their partnership with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC).

Most recently, the hospital formed the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute, which offers a full continuum of care that includes preventing strokes and providing the necessary rehabilitation to get stroke victims back on their feet. It includes an Endovascular Lab, with state-of-the-art bi-plane angiography system used by neuro interventional radiologists to diagnose and treat strokes and other neurological diseases. Take a virtual tour of the Endovascular Lab, request a stroke awareness kit or complete a stroke risk assessment at www.silvercross.org.

The hospital is also developing a new core computer system for electronic medical records.

Redevelopment of the Joliet campus is also well under way. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is renovating the former Silver Cross Hospital Emergency Department to open a new 60,000-square-foot Veterans Outpatient Clinic this spring. Area Veterans will have convenient access to new and enhanced outpatient services including women’s health, home based primary care, laboratory, mental health and social work, pharmacy, physical therapy and rehabilitation, retinal imaging, nutrition, geriatrics, and telehealth.

Aunt Martha’s Youth Services is building a 20,000-square-foot Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC). The Joliet Community Health Center will also open this year to offer primary care, dental services and behavioral health services to the residents on the east side of Joliet.

For more information about Silver Cross Hospital, visit www.silvercross.org. For a free referral to a physician on staff, call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Provided by Silver Cross Hospital