Patients transferred in hospital move

February 27, 2012 4:22:49 AM PST
Sunday was moving day at Silver Cross Hospital in Will County. About 129 patients were moved by ambulance down Route 6 from the old hospital in Joliet to the new one in New Lenox.

For patient Wayne Marti, it was a smooth transition.

"It's really nice to have a private room," Marti said. "The rooms are larger so there is more room"

The new Silver Cross campus is just three and a half miles away from the Joliet location. It's not the distance that separates them but the technology inside. With affiliations to Chicago area hospitals and rehab facilities, Silver Cross promises major advances for this area.

"Our goal here is to provide health care services to Will County so people don't have to go to Chicago, but at the same time, we have a relationship with two prominent organizations," said Silver Cross CEO Paul Pawlak.

And there's more opportunity for staff, who designed the layout themselves. They say the new hospital allows for better patient care.

"Every modern technology that's available to patients is available here and we're able to provide it to them in a timely fashion," said Dr. Silvio Morales, emergency room director. "It's always reassuring to know that there is reliable healthcare close by for your family"

With four more weeks of rehab for Wayne Marti, the new space is a welcomed change and will make an impact on his recovery.

"There is every opportunity to do more, because there is more room and more equipment," Marti said. "I don't see how it can be anything but positive."

The new Silver Cross Hospital is now open. The first surgery is scheduled for Monday morning.