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Silver Cross Partners with Joliet Central and West High Schools’ Job Program

Silver Cross Employees Mentor Students 

New Lenox, IL (May 1, 2014) —Recently 31 Joliet Township Central and West High School students took a break from class and came to Silver Cross Hospital for real-life lessons on April 23 and 24.  The free program offered a valuable experience and unique opportunity for sophomores enrolled in an advisory class allowing them insight into medical careers.  

Photo Caption: Recently 31 Joliet Township Central and West High School sophomore students took a break from class and came to Silver Cross Hospital for real-life lessons on April 23 and 24.  Pictured are Joliet West Students with their “Certificate of Completion” awarded to them for attending the Job Shadowing Program.

Students spent the morning with physicians, nurses, clinical and support staff from the emergency department, diabetes center, laboratory, pharmacy, sterile processing, procedural care unit (surgery), wound care center, and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross observing real-life healthcare scenarios and discussing numerous career opportunities in the medical field.  The annual event allows the students to determine if what they think they would like to study, is the right fit for them. 

Under the supervision of their classroom instructor and hospital managers, the students visited various areas including surgery, nursing, lab and the emergency department.  

“By partnering with Joliet Township Central and West High Schools, we remain committed to the communities we serve,” said Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital. “We understand the importance of exposing today’s students to a variety of healthcare professions; and by preparing these future leaders to select a profession, we assist in supporting our local communities to flourish.” 

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 seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 5 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. In 2013, Silver Cross provided over $48 million in charity care and other community benefits. 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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