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Along with the Silver Cross Medical Staff, the hospital’s volunteer organizations, Childerguild, the Advisory Board, and the Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons, recently honored Paul Pawlak for his 27 years of service as President and CEO by creating the Paul Pawlak Scholarship to fund the continuing education of Silver Cross Hospital’s employees.   

 Together the three auxiliaries and the Silver Cross Medical Staff contributed $100,000 to begin this fund.

“It’s our privilege to set up this fund, so that Paul’s legacy at Silver Cross will be remembered for decades by the Silver Cross employees,” stated Peggy Maruszak, Childerguild President. “As a great advocate for advancement, Paul believes in improving every employee’s abilities. This fund will provide opportunities for members of the Silver Cross family to contribute their talents to the hospital in new, meaningful ways.”

After almost three decades at the helm of Silver Cross Hospital and its parent company, Silver Cross Hospital and Health System, Paul Pawlak, President and Chief Executive Officer, will retire from the organization on Sept. 30, 2017.  

“We greatly appreciate Paul’s 27 years of visionary leadership and unwavering support that he continually provided to the employees and physicians,” said Corinne Nawrocki, D.O., family practice physician and Chief of Staff at Silver Cross Hospital. “Through this scholarship, his outstanding legacy will be forever honored.”

During his tenure, Pawlak has overseen a strong period of growth, culminating in the opening of a $362 million replacement hospital in 2012.  The New Lenox campus has over one million square feet of buildings with outpatient services and physician offices and is one of the largest employers in Will County.   Over the past four years, more than 600 new health care jobs were added at Silver Cross.

Photo Caption: Pictured from left to right are Scott Paddock, member of Silver Cross Hospital Board of Directors; Peggy Maruszak, President of Childerguild; Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital; Karla Farr and Rita Larson, Co-Presidents of Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons; and Sandy Alaimo, Immediate Past President of the Advisory Board.

Under Pawlak’ s direction, partnerships were developed with the country’s leading academic institutions including the University of Chicago Medicine for oncology services, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (Shirley Ryan Ability Lab), Lurie Children’s Hospital for pediatric services, Northwestern Medicine for the neurosciences and US Healthvest for a new behavioral health hospital opening in 2019. These partnerships made it possible for the people of Will County to receive state-of-the-art care in their local community. 

As the hospital’s longest serving CEO,  Pawlak led Silver Cross to be recognized nationally for outstanding customer service, effective cost management, and superior clinical quality winning the prestigious 100 Top Hospitals National Award for seven consecutive years.   In addition, Silver Cross has been recognized as one of America’s Friendliest Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers for several years and with an “A” Hospital Safety GradeSM by The Leapfrog Group. 

“It has been my honor to serve this great hospital and our community and I have been privileged to work with many wonderful colleagues throughout my tenure. Because we have always believed strongly in attracting and retaining the best and the brightest workforce, I am quite confident of Silver Cross’ continued success,” says Pawlak.

In addition to expanding clinical services, Pawlak has demonstrated a strong commitment to the community. In 2008, the Healthy Community Commission was developed to improve the quality of life in east Joliet under the leadership of Margie Woods. “Paul has kept every promise made to the community when the hospital relocated,” Woods said. “Over $2 million has been distributed to community agencies and to individuals for training in healthcare jobs or attending college via the Commission. In partnership with the Commission, Pawlak also successfully brought the Veteran’s Administration Community Outpatient Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center, and housing for veterans to the Joliet campus.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors at Silver Cross Hospital, Paul has held the positions of Chairman of the Will County Center for Economic Development and Chairman of the United Way of Will County Annual Campaign.  He is a member of the Illinois Hospital Association and served on the Board of Directors.

Pawlak earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Cincinnati and received his master’s degree in hospital and health administration degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2010, he received an honorary doctorate degree in humanities from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. In addition, he received the Silver Cross Board of the Directors Chairman’s Award and the Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence, which recognizes the accomplishments of an outstanding individual for service to the health care profession.  

To make a donation to the Paul Pawlak Scholarship, visit or call the Silver Cross Foundation at (815) 300-7105.

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