In recent years, health care has taken center stage as a major issue for the country as a whole. In Joliet, with its population exceeding 150,000 and as one of the fastest-growing communities in the state, a strong emphasis has gone into developing the health care quality and availability.Will-Grundy Medical Clinic
The Will-Grundy Medical Clinic (WGMC) serves as a fantastic safety net for those who cannot otherwise afford healthcare. Recognized as the area’s sole free medical and dental clinic, WGMC is supported by a number of dedicated volunteers, community and business donors, as well as doctors, dentists, nurses and technicians that completely donate their time and resources to help those in need. After meeting certain qualifications, patients receive free-of-charge care. The comprehensive list of services include consulting and general visits, testing, hospitalizations, surgeries, therapies and medications. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours available the second Wednesday of the month, as well as on Tuesdays for patients needing to pick up prescriptions. WGMC is located at 213 E. Cass St. in Joliet and can be contacted at (815) 726-3377. Further information is also available on its website, www.wgmedclinic.org.
Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center
The Joliet community houses the highly rated Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, a 480-bed campus supplying the region with the finest in comprehensive health care services and programs. As part of a partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago, the hospital stands as the sole provider of neurosurgical services in the region. It offers an advanced level of cardiac care through the Heart Center and provides unmatched services through the Sister Theresa Cancer Care Center, the Level II Emergency/Trauma Center, the Level II Special Care Nursery and Pediatric ICU, as well as many other centers of excellence.
The hospital recently unveiled a modern, 256,000-square-foot, eight-story patient center featuring 199 all-private patient rooms, expanded critical care units, a floor dedicated to neurosciences, a 350-seat conference center and more. Each room offers space and accommodations for family members, who are invited to stay with the patient 24/7.
The $144 million project, which opened in early 2009, serves as the hospital’s largest addition and renovation in the last 50 years. Learn more about the hospital campus by visiting its website at www.provena.org/stjoes.
Will County Health Department
The Will County Health Department strives to provide a healthy environment for all residents in the area. Its main office and modern, 33,000-square-foot Community Health Center are each positioned in Joliet, with two branch offices located in University Park and Bolingbrook. As the only Federally Qualified Health Center in the area, it will never deny a patient due to a lack of funds and still manages to aptly serve the entire 847 square miles of Will County. The department’s services, which are available six days a week and two evenings a week, includes everything from general medicine and environmental health to mental health, family health care and women’s services. Further information is available online at www.willcountyhealth.org or by calling the main office at (815) 727-8480.
Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross continues to lead the health care community in Will County and the Southwest suburbs with a state-of-the-art replacement hospital, which opened in February 2012. Located nearby at I-35 and Route 6 New Lenox the hospital features 289 large private, family-friendly rooms, an expanded emergency department designated as a Level II Trauma Center, and a spa-like Center for Women’s Health. Silver Cross has also brought renowned specialties and enhanced services to its campus through partnerships with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomas Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years, as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers, and with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group. The hospital has also been recognized for excellence in such areas as knee and hip replacements, spine and bariatric surgery, and cardiac, cancer and diabetes care. For more information or a referral to over 700 physicians on staff, visit www.silvercrosshospital.org or call (888) 660-HEAL.