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Published on January 04, 2010

Silver Cross Hospital and The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Partner to Expand Rehabilitation Care to Meet the Growing Needs of Will County

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital

JOLIET, IL - Silver Cross Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), today announced a strategic partnership that will expand post-acute physical medicine and rehabilitation services in Will County and the southwest Chicagoland communities. The new partnership will provide world-class rehabilitation care for a range of conditions for patients close to home. Silver Cross is the only healthcare facility in the area with this breadth of services in partnership with RIC.

RIC is world-renowned for both its clinical excellence as demonstrated by its ranking as the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991, as well as its innovative research programs in the areas of neural engineering, bionic medicine and robotics.

“Silver Cross Hospital is proud to align with the widely acclaimed Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago to provide comprehensive rehabilitation care to our patients,” said Paul Pawlak, Silver Cross Hospital President and CEO. “It is a mark of distinction for Silver Cross Hospital to partner with a healthcare leader like RIC. The expertise that RIC brings through this partnership underscores Silver Cross's dedication to delivering '100 Top' care and making a difference in the lives of those we serve.”

Together, Silver Cross and RIC provides rehabilitation services in inpatient and outpatient care settings. Additionally, the RIC team provides physical therapy services for patients on the hospital's medical and surgical floors.

Expert Care

The team at RIC - Silver Cross provides includes an accomplished team of health professionals, including physiatrists, which are physicians that specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation, occupational and physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, dietitians, recreational and developmental therapists, audiologists and rehabilitation nurses.

“Through this unique partnership with Silver Cross, RIC is able to extend its mission of providing comprehensive rehabilitation care to a community with an aging population that will have an increasing need for these services,” said Joanne C. Smith, M.D., president and CEO, RIC. “Together, our two institutions will enable citizens with conditions such as stroke, cancer and brain injury to restore function, return abilities and ultimately, enhance the quality of their lives.”

Norma Kollman of New Lenox was one of the first patients to be cared for by the RIC team at Silver Cross. She recently spent 32 days on the inpatient rehabilitation unit after suffering from a stroke. “I couldn't walk and had difficulty talking, but the staff were so helpful and really wanted to see me do better,” Kollman said. “After intense physical, occupational and speech therapy, I am doing so much better now walking using just a cane. I got such good care from the RIC staff at Silver Cross that I wouldn't go anywhere else. They're the best.”

Kollman' walking, balance and coordination continue to improve with the outpatient rehabilitation care she receives at RIC's nearby DayRehab Center in Willowbrook. With this new partnership, Silver Cross patients have access to all of RIC's comprehensive continuum of care with 30 locations throughout the Chicago and Northwest Indiana communities.

Close to Home

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago will manage rehabilitation services at the following locations:

  • Silver Cross Hospital
    Inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient physical and occupational therapy and speech and language pathology services
    1200 Maple Rd.
    Joliet, IL 60432
    (815) 740-7110
  • Silver Cross Professional Building-New Lenox
    Outpatient physical and occupational therapy services
    250 E. Maple St.
    New Lenox, IL 60451
    (815) 463-6123
  • Silver Cross Professional Building-West Joliet
    Outpatient physical and occupational therapy services
    1051 Essington Rd.
    Joliet, IL 60436
    (815) 744-4559

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 the last five consecutive years and as one of America's Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital's lactation services call 815-740-1234 ext. 7321 or visit

About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation's #1 ranked provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world and is the leader in research and development of the cutting-edge treatments and technologies in its field. Through aggressive medical protocols, RIC guides the patient care process toward a better outcome - involving repair, regeneration and recovery of neurological and bone/joint function.

RIC holds an unparalleled market distinction with a record six federal research designations awarded and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education's National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the areas of spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, neurological rehabilitation, outcomes research and rehabilitation engineering research. RIC operates its 165-bed, flagship hospital in downtown Chicago, as well as a network of 30 sites of care distributed throughout the Midwestern region, through which it delivers inpatient, day rehabilitation and outpatient services.

Founded in 1954, RIC has been designated the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. RIC sets the standard of care in the post-acute care market through its innovative applied research and discovery programs, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and technology transfer.