JOLIET – Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center will rename the emergency department the Carolyn J. Czerkies Emergency Department in honor of a $750,000 gift made to the hospital by Joliet businessman Edward Czerkies.
Czerkies’ gift, a tribute to his late wife, Carolyn J. Czerkies, supported the medical center’s emergency department renovation, which included an expansion and modernization of the patient registration and waiting areas. A formal dedication took place June 13.
Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center is Joliet’s only emergency department. It averages more than 60,000 visits a year and, since the beginning of 2016, has averaged more than 175 patients a day with about 50 arriving by ambulance. Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center expects the renovations will increase patient satisfaction by improving patient flow, increasing efficiency and reducing wait times.
Both Edward and Carolyn Czerkies grew up in Joliet and raised their three sons in the community. Over the past 40 years, Czerkies has built residential and commercial buildings in Joliet, Shorewood and Plainfield, and made significant philanthropic investments in countless organizations including many that serve the community where he works and lives.