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Sangmeister Medal of Excellence Honoring Russ Slinkard - Silver Cross Hospital 2012

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Published on Nov 27, 2012

The Silver Cross Sangmeister Medal of Excellence was 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 healthcare 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 Bob Rogina, James "Jim" Fagan, Val Rand, J.D. Ross, Frank Turk, Jr., Doug Hutchison, Gladys Fox, LaVerne and Dorothy Brown, Frank Margaron, Pam Heavens, Rev. Isaac Singelton Sr., and John Leach.

This year's recipient is Russ Slinkard. Russ Slinkard is an outstanding example of a person who unselfishly has given many hours of his time to help others and improve the quality of life of Will County residents. After a successful career as a minister, Russ made a career change to see if he could make it in business. He held various roles at the Illinois Bell Telephone Company in Marketing and Public Affairs. Later, he worked at First National Bank of Joliet and Three Rivers Manufacturers Association. Currently, Russ works as the President/CEO of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Under his innovative leadership, the Chamber has flourished.

Throughout Russ' life, he has been known as a dedicated community activist. For over 35 years, he has volunteered hundreds of hours of his time to numerous area organizations including the United Way of Will County where he has held various roles as Board President, Campaign Chair, and member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. In addition he has worked with the Center for Economic Development (CED) during the 1980's. He was one of the charter members for the CED and served on its Board for 11 years. Further, for over 24 years Russ has been actively involved volunteering for Silver Cross Hospital. He has served on the Hospital's Board of Trustees. Not only is Russ a champion for quality healthcare and business growth, but he also volunteered his time to improving education in the Joliet schools. Through his work with the Joliet Junior College, Russ assisted in bringing a big business perspective to the college's Board of Directors.

"Russ Slinkard provides a wonderful example of service to the community in which he resides," comments Pawlak. "Through his leadership and insight, he has contributed in countless ways to improve the communities in Will County and the lives of its residents.

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