NEW LENOX – Over 425 friends of Silver Cross Hospital attended the 87th Annual Childerguild Ball Nov. 21 at the Odyssey Country Club and raised over $160,000, which will be used to support women’s and children’s programs and services at the Silver Cross Hospital.
This year Phyllis Etheridge and Marcia Obman Gray co-chaired the Ball. Their committee included Robin Hartney and Lorraine Schiek.
This year’s Silver Cross Sehring Medal of Excellence was awarded to radiology and nuclear medicine physician Dr. Salvador Rinella, who has served the healthcare community for over 40 years.
Throughout his years at Silver Cross Hospital, Rinella has served as chief of staff and a member of the cancer and bylaws committees, the tumor board, and the audit and legal affairs, quality and cost effectiveness committees of the hospital’s board.
In addition, Rinella served three terms as chair of the department of radiology and 8 years on the hospital’s board of directors. He was also involved in the planning and opening of the replacement hospital.
Silver Cross also honored Debra Condotti with the Sangmeister Medal of Excellence for 38 years of improving the quality of life for area residents.
Condotti began her career with Easter Seals Joliet Region as a case manager on the eastside of Joliet. She was then named executive director of Easter Seals.
With her team of 25 employees, Condotti raised funds for the organization, developed a grant writing program and worked with a volunteer board of directors. Several years later, Condotti became President and CEO overseeing 168 employees.
The Silver Cross Foundation is accepting nominations through Dec. 31, 2015 for the 2016 Silver Cross Medals of Excellence. For more information, call 815-300-7105.