Monday, February 6, 2012

Local Groups to Perform at Silver Cross Hospital’s Grand Opening Feb. 12

Community invited to Name the Robot and meet the Joliet Slammers mascots
In celebration of the opening of the new Silver Cross Hospital at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox, several local musical entertainers will perform on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Housewarming Party between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.   The line-up includes the Sandburg High School Choir from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Joliet Folk Lorico Dancers from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., Lincoln Way West High School Choir, from 2 to 3 p.m. and the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Music Ministry from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.   The Joliet Slammers’ mascots—Spikes and J.L. Bird will also be at the opening celebration along with 2011 Frontier League Championship Cup. 
Take a Tour
In addition to the performance artists, guests will be treated to a 45-minute self-guided walking tour through several areas in the hospital including the emergency department, imaging, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, private medical-surgical patient rooms, Women and Infant Services Birthing Center, and Intensive Care Unit.  In the new  new Procedural Care Unit, which consolidates surgery, endoscopy and interventional cardiology and radiology procedures into one integrated area,  visitors can see the hospital’s newest technology—the Davinci.  This  robotic surgicalsystem is designed to facilitate complex  surgery using a minimally invasive approach and is controlled by a surgeon from a console.  The Davinci robot is commonly used for  prostatectomies and hysterectomies.
There will even be a “Name the Robot” Contest in which tour participants will have a chance to win a Sony Bloggie Touch video camera.
“This is your opportunity to get a sneak peek before we open our doors on Feb. 26,” said Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital.  “We will take you into areas that most people never have a chance to see such as the operating room and interventional core which includes the cath lab, interventional radiology lab, electrophysiology suite where doctors repair fast beating hearts and insert pacemakers, and where our brand new biplane angiography imaging system will be located to treat patients with strokes later this summer.”
New Hospital Opening Feb. 26, 2012
Construction began on the $370 million replacement hospital in 2009.  The 6-story facility was built using evidence-based design, which has been proven to help in the healing process and contribute to a speedier recovery for patients.   Some of the many ways that evidence-based design has been integrated into the 289-bed replacement hospital is with large, private patient rooms, natural and enhanced lighting, sound and noise control, cheerful yet calming colors, ties to nature, bedside care and dedicated family areas.  When the new hospital opens at 7 a.m. on Feb. 26, patients and families will also benefit from new technology and expanded services through partnerships with renowned academic centers including Children’s Memorial Hospital, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and most recently, the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC).  UCMC and Silver Cross are currently building an outpatient cancer center that will open in April 2012 on the New Lenox campus.
“We are building on our century old commitment to the Will County community by relocating our seven-time 100 Top Hospital care to a state-of-the-art facility that will serve future generations,” said Pawlak.
Reservations Recommended
Due to space limitations, reservations are highly recommended for the free grand opening event.  Secure your tour time at and be entered in a raffle to win a KINDLE FIRE. 

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is well underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening Feb. 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox.  To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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