Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center Hosts Record-Breaking Gala for Emergency Department Renovation

The Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) Foundation hosted a record setting fundraiser to benefit the renovation of their Emergency Department on Saturday, November 7, at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort.  The 22nd Annual Gala–Kicks on 66–was attended more than 570 guests contributing to nearly $300,000 in gross revenue to date.  Attendees included local business leaders, residents, friends, PSJMC associates and new Presence Health CEO, Michael Englehart. 

The Route 66-themed event featured dinner, dancing and live entertainment including local band Maggie Speaks.  The Gala was co-chaired by J.D. and Helen Ross, and Herb and Cristina Martinez.  The Founders’ Award, PSJMC’s highest honor, was also presented to Thomas J. Vana and Eric Bass, M.D., for their outstanding contributions to the Medical Center.

 “Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center is a staple of Presence Health and Will County,” said Englehart. “It has been a leader in healthcare for the last 100 years, and because of your support it will thrive for another 100 years.  Thank you for coming together to support this very important cause.”

The funds raised will support a redesign of the Emergency Department’s entrance to facilitate efficiencies and provide additional privacy.  The PSJMC Emergency Department is the only ED in Joliet and represents the fourth busiest in Illinois.

“I would like to thank all of our Gala sponsors, donors and guests for helping us get closer to our goal of $1.5 million,” said Presence Health South Suburban Region President & CEO Kathleen Rhine.  “Our Emergency Department plays a vital role in this region and the renovation is going to enhance the convenience, comfort and care for our patients and their families.”


Gala-2015 Group_Photo

PSJMC Foundation Gala Co-Chairs J.D. and Helen Ross, and Herb and Cristina Martinez, Presence Health South Suburban President & CEO Kathleen Rhine,
and PSJMC Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Jan Edgar, M.S., CFRE.


Gala-2015 Award Honorees

Presence Health South Suburban Region President & CEO Kathleen Rhine and Foundation Board Chairman Dan Stevenson
with 2015 Founders’ Award Honorees Eric Bass, M.D., and Thomas J. Vana.



Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center is a regional referral center recognized for overall Clinical Excellence. Recently named to the “Top Hospitals” in Chicagoland area by Chicago magazine, St. Joseph Medical Center serves Will and surrounding counties, including the southwest Chicago suburbs. The medical center, located in Joliet, offers private patient rooms and world-class health care. Designated as a Primary Stroke Center, Presence Neuroscience Institute also provides 24/7 neurosurgeons, neurologists and neuroendovascular interventionalists. Recognized nationally for advanced cardiac care including a world-class open heart program, St. Joe’s also offers family-centered obstetrics, and a Level II Trauma Center.  

About Presence Health
Created in November 2011, Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence health has 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of $2.6 billion. 

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