Sangmeister Medal of Excellence Honoring Jim Roolf
The Silver Cross Sangmeister Medal of Excellence will also be awarded at the Childerguild Ball.
This Medal of Excellence is named after the late U.S. Congressman George E. Sangmeister, the medal’s first recipient, and is awarded to a leading citizen recognized for competence, service and dedication in a field other than health care that contributes to the common good.
The recipient exemplifies the values of caring service that is the cornerstone of Silver Cross Hospital.
Past recipients include LaVerne and Dorothy Brown; Debra Condotti; Edward Czerkies; Terry D’Arcy; James “Jim” Fagan; Gladys Fox; Br. James Gaffney; Pam Heavens; Doug Hutchison; John Leach, Frank Margaron; Cheryl McCarthy; Val Rand; Bob Rogina; J.D. Ross; Rev. Isaac Singelton Sr.; Russ Slinkard; and Frank Turk, Jr.
This year’s recipient is Jim Roolf, president of First Midwest Bank - Joliet Banking Center, where he has worked for nearly 45 years.
Roolf’s strong leadership and community involvement has brought businesses, economic development, and infrastructure including the I-355 Tollway to the region over the past 35 years.
He has helped to raise over $25 million in capital project funds throughout the county, including $9 million for the Silver Cross Hospital Replacement Hospital, which opened in 2012 when he was Chairman of the Hospital’s Board of Directors. Roolf is a staunch supporter of the United Way of Will County and has chaired its annual campaign three times.
Over the past three decades, Roolf has served on several boards of directors and received numerous recognitions for the work he’s done for Will County.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation and has served on the Boards of the American Red Cross, Illinois Bankers Association, Joliet Catholic Academy, Housing Foundation of Will County, Will County Center for Economic Development, and United Way.
Among his many recognitions and awards, Roolf received the Frank Turk Business and Community Achievement Award from the Will County CED, the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Rainbow Council Boys Scouts of America, and Joliet Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Rabbi Morris Hershman Community Service Award.
He was also honored with the Contractors Association of Will and Grundy Counties We Build Will County Award, University of St. Francis President’s Medal for Community Service, and Big Brothers and Big Sister’s first National Award as “Big Citizen of the Year.”
“Jim Roolf is an exceptional role model of service to the community,” Simons said in the news release.“His intense passion to make Will County an even better place to live, work, and play has made a meaningful impact for years to come, and I know he is far from done.”
Founded in 1910 by 13 benevolent women who had no children of their own, Childerguild was formed to benefit the obstetrics and pediatrics departments at Silver Cross Hospital.
Today, Childerguild raises funds by hosting their annual ball and by operating the hospital’s gift shop.
The Childerguild Gift Shop, located in the main lobby at Silver Cross Hospital is open daily. Customers are offered a unique selection of gift and novelty items such as jewelry, handbags, home décor, toys, books and baby clothes.
For more information, call 815-300-7472 or visit silvercross.org.