Long­time Sil­ver Cross CEO re­tir­ing; fought for hos­pi­tal’s in­de­pen­dence

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Kristin Schorsch, Crain’s Chicago Busi­ness

Paul Pawlak, who has led Sil­ver Cross Hos­pi­tal for nearly 30 years, is re­tir­ing next year. Pawlak has fiercely guarded the in­de­pen­dence of the hos­pi­tal, which is lo­cated about 40 miles from down­town Chicago in New Lenox, Ill. Sil­ver Cross is one of the few stand-alone med­i­cal cen­ters left in the Chicago area, a re­gion with nearly 100 hos­pi­tals that is quickly con­sol­i­dat­ing un­der the fi­nan­cial pres­sures of Oba­macare.

Un­der Pawlak’s watch, Sil­ver Cross hatched deals with prom­i­nent health sys­tems in­clud­ing Univer­sity of Chicago Medicine, Lurie Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Chicago and the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion In­sti­tute of Chicago. That helped bring top-notch spe­cial­ists to pa­tients closer to home while help­ing the com­mu­nity hos­pi­tal re­main on its own. Sil­ver Cross also has an af­fil­i­a­tion with Ad­vo­cate Health Care, the largest health­care sys­tem in the state.

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