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Hospital employees awarded scholarships

NEW LENOX, Ill. — The Silver Cross Foundation recently awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships to nine hospital employees and two scholarships to children of Silver Cross employees to help further their education.

“Silver Cross is pleased to provide assistance to our motivated employees and children for continuing their education,” says Paul Pawlak, president/CEO of Silver Cross Hospital.

Physicians Legacy Scholarship – Children of Employees

Minooka resident Noel Aguilera and New Lenox resident Emmy Roesel are the 2012 recipients of $2,000 Physician’s Legacy Scholarships for children of Silver Cross employees. 

Noel Aguilera is the daughter of Jose Aguilera, who works in the hospital’s Building Services Department.  Noel is currently pursuing her degree in pharmacy at Ohio Northern University.

Emmy Roesel, is the daughter of Mary Roesel, RN in PACU. Emmy is currently pursuing her Bachelors in nursing at the University of St. Francis. 

Donna and Jim Galligan Scholarship

Manhattan resident Karen Braam and Joliet resident Heather Janicke are both the recipients of a $1,000 Donna and Jim Galligan Scholarship.

As the hospital’s newest scholarship, this award was funded by Donna and Jim Galligan, longtime Joliet residents and devoted supporters of Silver Cross Hospital.

Braam has been with Silver Cross for 32 years, currently serving as a nurse in the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Emergency Departments and is pursuing her BSN from Jacksonville University.

Janicke has been with Silver Cross for nearly seven years as a technician in the Behavioral Health Department and is pursuing a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Governors State University.

Frances M. Thomas Nursing Scholarships

Joliet resident Dongina Knight and Plainfield resident Tryniti Metz are each the recipient of a $500 Frances M. Thomas Nursing Scholarship.

In memoriam, the Silver Cross Emergency Department started a scholarship in 1991 to assist those entering the nursing profession. The scholarship is named for former Silver Cross Emergency Department Registered Nurse Frances Thomas and is awarded to assist with tuition and expenses.

Knight has been with Silver Cross for 20 months and currently serves as a certified nurse assistant at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital and is currently pursuing LPN at CMK Healthcare & Training Center. 

Metz has been with Silver Cross for almost 1 year and currently serves as a patient sitter in the Nursing Administration Department in addition to pursuing her nursing degree at Joliet Junior College. 

Keyton H. Nixon Scholarship

New Lenox resident Kelly Post is the 2012 recipient of the $1,000 Keyton H. Nixon Scholarship.  This scholarship, named after former Silver Cross President Keyton Nixon, is awarded annually to a Silver Cross employee who is pursuing graduate studies in healthcare.

Post has been with Silver Cross for 1 Year serving as a nurse manager in the Medical Oncology Department.  She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing with Administration focus at Lewis University.

Dorris Hubbs R.N. Silver Cross School of Nursing Alumnae Association Scholarship

The Dorris Hubbs scholarship was awarded to Wilmington resident Debora Acred.  Acred has been with Silver Cross for 9 years in various positions, most currently as a nurse in the Women and Infant Services Department.  She is accepted at Purdue University Calumet to their RN to BSN  program.

This scholarship was created in 2003 by the Silver Cross Nursing Alumnae Association to commemorate its centennial anniversary and support individuals interested in a career in nursing. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Silver Cross employee accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate registered nursing program or nursing certificate program. 

Physician’s Legacy Scholarship

Tinley Park resident Teresa Andrea, Monee resident Cristine Gramza and Joliet resident Jeff Money are the 2012 recipients of  $2,000 Physician’s Legacy Scholarships. 

This scholarship has deep roots intertwined through the history of the organization. The Physician Legacy Grant transitioned from the previously known Medical Staff Grant.

The name “Physician Legacy Scholarship” was created because of the Medical Executive Board’s desire to acknowledge physicians legacy of service and commitment to Silver Cross.

Andrea has been with Silver Cross for a total of 6 years and is currently serving as a nurse in the Cath / Interventional Laboratory.

Gramza has been with Silver Cross for 18 years and is currently serving as a nurse in the Emergency Department.

Money has been with Silver Cross for 3 years and is currently serving as a nurse in the Emergency Department.


To learn more about any of these scholarships, call the Silver Cross Foundation at (815) 740-7105.

For employment opportunities, call (815) 740-7095 or visit 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; one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers and was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group.

With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices and recently opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 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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