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Patient Leaves $1.4 Million to Silver Cross Hospital

Frances Patterson originally of Wheatland Township recently left Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet $1.4 million in her estate gift. Patterson was a former patient at Silver Cross Hospital. This is the second gift valued over $1 million Silver Cross received this year.

Born in 1913, Frances Mabel Patterson never married and lived on the original farmstead where she was born with her younger bachelor brother, Warren (Bud) Patterson. Bud farmed the land while Frances sold eggs and enjoyed tending her garden. Over the years, they acquired more than 500 acres of land including the original property purchased by Mungo Patterson, an early Scottish immigrant and pioneer in the Wheatland Township area. The Pattersons are believed to be descendents of Mungo Patterson. In 1845, Mungo bought 80 acres of land from the United States government at $1.25 per acre near the Des Plaines River.

"We are delighted Frances Patterson believed in investing in her community and the healing mission of Silver Cross Hospital," said Paul Pawlak, President and CEO. "Her valuable gift will help us provide state-of-the-art cardiac care to our patients and the community."

In recognition of the Frances Patterson's generous $1.4 million unrestricted gift, Silver Cross will name two new centers, located in the new LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Cardiovascular Institute, the Frances Patterson Cardiovascular Diagnostic Centers. New Lenox residents LaVerne and Dorothy Brown provided a generous donation in February to fund the hospital's new cardiovascular institute.

The Brown Cardiovascular Institute, which will open in January 2003, will improve, customize and streamline the hospital's cardiac services into one convenient location. Currently outpatient cardiac care at Silver Cross is in diverse locations throughout the hospital. Not only is this inconvenient for the patient, but it also fragments the patient's care. Centralizing these services enables physicians, clinicians and the hospital to more effectively focus the delivery of cardiac care in a cohesive, consistent, cost effective and high quality manner.

The Brown Cardiovascular Institute will be located in the new $17 million 70,000 square foot, 4-story Specialty Care Pavilion adjacent to the hospital. The Specialty Care Pavilion is scheduled to open in Spring 2003.

For more information about the LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Cardiovascular Institute or tax-wise estate planning, contact the Silver Cross Foundation at (815) 740-7105. World-class health care is closer than you think.

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