9777 Greenwood Avenue - Niles, IL 60714
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Under the direction of Hyun Cho, Korean Program Director (pictured holding a sample bag), residents at Niles assembled gift bags with school supplies, balls, dolls, art supplies, and other school items, for underprivileged kindergarten-age children attending schools in Peru. Mrs. Cho said, “This project affirms that our residents still have purpose and can still do beautiful and meaningful things for other people. Together we see that even though our physical bodies are getting weaker and we live at the nursing home, we can still send our love to those in need. We chose Perú kindergarteners because we heard about them and were looking for an underprivileged situation that needed our support and could receive some joy through our small gifts.”


Korean residents recently enjoyed a pre-celebration of Korean Thanksgiving brought to them by local Korean churches.


Isobel Soto, Niles Activity Director, greets a volunteer from RANDOM ACTS OF FLOWERS (RAF), when they recently delivered more than 300 fresh flowers for distribution to patients and residents. RAF is a national nonprofit founded in 2008 to repurpose flowers from the community and provide a second life to what might otherwise be wasted. This unique charity is exclusively supported by private donations. The beautiful bouquets are delivered to individuals in healthcare facilities, such as Niles. Our building thanks RAF for this generous and thoughtful gift!


Department Managers’ Holiday Door Contest Spreads Cheer Throughout the Building

Vying for everything from gift cards to a day off, staff at Niles Nursing & Rehabilitation Center embraced a highly competitive holiday door contest that playfully pitted all departments against one another. From nursing, marketing, and therapy to dietary, social services and activities, 14 department doors were totally transformed by holiday spirit.
Judging criteria included originality, creativity and workmanship. Some doors were so detailed that it took days to pull together with staff doing a little here and a little there during their workday. There were two rounds of voting that included one for residents and one for facility consultants.
Using glue guns, candy, ornaments, Velcro, straight pins, construction paper, holiday lights, real twigs for snowman arms, Christmas trees that sing, dance, or play the Charlie Brown Christmas music, staff eagerly designed their doors with careful attention to each detail. As residents and visitors walk through the building, they stop to point out what they like best about each decorated door. From motion-activated decorations to tiny elves with photographed faces of staff, the contest delivered holiday spirit to all!


Residents’ Choice:

Facility Consultant's Choices:

1st Place:
MDS Office Snowman & Snowlady/
starry night

2nd Place: 4th floor Korean Program Director’s Office - Charlie Brown Christmas with theme music

3rd Place = 3-way tie between:

Admissions Office - Santa coming down the chimney butt first

Dietary Office - Holiday decor using kitchen supplies and materials

1st Flr Restorative Rehabilitation - Comfort and Joy, with Niles building facade and elves on the roof representing each department and residents.

Eating! Singing! Dancing! Presents!! Life is GOOD!!


Niles Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Korean Program Director, Mrs. Hyua Cho, is flanked Left to Right by: Reverend Hyuk Park, Reverend Won Cho -- Mrs. Cho’s husband, and Reverend Kye Ile Hong who stopped by the facility on August 17 to help celebrate its 40th anniversary.
(From L to R): Niles facility administrator, John Marc Sianghio, poses with Infinity Healthcare Management executives: COO, Carrie DiPaolo and CEO, Michael Blisko at the 40th Anniversary Party celebration.
Korean Program head cook, Mrs. Son Lee, poses with a tray of pastries at the Niles’ facility 40th anniversary party.
You’d never know that rain had been forecasted for August 17th, as the sun shone warmly on the front courtyard of Niles Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 9777 Greenwood Avenue, colorfully decked out for its afternoon celebration with balloons, multiple tents, a stage, food and bar areas, along with plenty of scheduled entertainment. In 1976, Niles Nursing & Rehabilitation Center first opened its doors to serve area residents with their post-acute needs. Now well-known and respected throughout the area for exemplary medical care, this 300-bed licensed skilled nursing facility consistently exceeds both patient and family expectations, especially in regard to its unique Korean program. Headed by Mrs. Hyua Cho, working in conjunction with the facility’s administrator, John Marc Sianghio, the comprehensive Korean program provides nursing staff fluent in the language, appropriate cultural activities, and food selections, represented well during its anniversary party.

In colorful Korean native dress, dancers from the “Chicago Korean Dance Company” pose together after their onstage performance at the 40th Anniversary Party.
“We’ve had a wonderful turn-out today including the leadership from Infinity Healthcare Management – our consultancy firm -- to the Mayor of Niles, Andrew Przybylo,” said Administrator Sianghio. “It’s very exciting to gather together with food, fun, and celebrate how our facility has been serving the community for the past 40 years. It has been a real pleasure.”

Michael Blisko, CEO of Infinity Healthcare Management, joined Mayor Przybylo onstage praising the growth of Niles Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and how it has met distinctive cultural needs within the community.

“It takes a dedicated team with vision, drive and commitment to achieve 40 years of consistent professional growth,” Blisko observed. “How this facility has changed over the years and nurtured its unique Korean programming is a real testament to its staff and the leadership they have here. It has been my pleasure to be involved and to watch how this building has evolved over the years in delivering quality care.” Mayor Przybylo echoed those sentiments by saying, “The community of Niles is delighted to have such a high caliber nursing facility like this meeting the healthcare needs of our residents. Nursing homes today must meet high standards for care and we are proud to see firsthand that this one does.


August 2017

2017 Bi-annual 100th-PLUS Birthday Party Celebrates 13 Korean Residents Ages 100 to 106

On Wednesday, May 10th, Niles Nursing & Rehabilitation Center made its final preparations for an exciting birthday celebration set to kick-off at 3 PM that day for more than 100 attendees in their activity room. This event would also be widely covered by the Korean press - one newspaper and three cable TV stations.

Balloons and streamers soon festooned the walls and ceiling. The long banquet table was carefully draped in crisp white linen and each place setting was decked out with an individual birthday cake marked by candle numbers showing the person's age who would be seated there, along with a fresh bouquet of colorful flowers and assorted gifts. This birthday celebration only happens every other year and is eagerly anticipated by both residents and families alike.


Niles Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is well known for its outstanding Korean program. The facility cares for 140-plus elderly Koreans - more than any other long-term facility in the area. Licensed for 304 skilled beds, this service niche fills more than one-third of the building. Soon the birthday celebrants arrived with the women dressed in beautiful ceremonial Korean dresses, and one man who wore a ceremonial hat, along with his Korean dress robes. Additionally, all the women were treated to professional make-up application to look their best in pictures and on TV! The formal ceremony also included prayers, hymn singing, live music, and more. Next, family members were invited to step forward as a group to light their loved one's candles and later to comment about the important contributions that person made to their family.

Mrs. Hyun Cho is the director of the Korean program and her husband, the Reverend Won Cho, volunteers as a pastor. The facility provides Korean caregivers, appropriate dietary choices, and other cultural needs to help create a home-like Korean community.


Mrs. Cho translated what the birthday celebrants' secrets were to a long life:
  • Eat small portion meals frequently throughout the day.
  • Eat lots of vegetables and healthy/lean meat.
  • Have strong faith in God for contentment and peace.
  • Always have a thankful heart.
  • And, of course, they acknowledged the good care they have received at the facility.


John Marc Sianghio

John Marc is a man of faith. It has served him well as he recounts his life and the many serendipitous events that led him from his life in the Philippines to his current position in Niles.

"Several years ago, my wife, Sharon Rose, and I had finished vacationing at Disneyland in California," he recalls. "But, when it was time for her to return home to the Philippines, she wasn't allowed to board the plane because she was seven months pregnant. She had to stay with family here, and two months later, our daughter, Grace, was born which made her a U.S. citizen, and the rest is history, so to speak."

After many career steps that eventually led him to be an administrator in Illinois, what does he enjoy best about his current role? "I've always enjoyed being of service to others," he says with a smile. "As an administrator, you're not just in service to your residents and families, but also the staff. If your staff is happy so are your residents."

He is especially proud of his facility's service niche as a resource for Asian/Korean senior citizens.

"I consider this a unique ministry where these residents feel the many blessings that arise from meeting their cultural needs."

John Marc and Sharon Rose recently celebrated 31 years of marriage and have four children ranging in age from 11 to 30. In their leisure time, they enjoy family activities especially traveling around the U.S. together.