Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 MLK Service Award

GUIDELINES
NOMINATION FORM

The Community Relations Committee of St. Bernard Hospital hosts an annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his legacy and his philosophy of non-violent advocacy for human rights, justice and social equality. This special event brings together many members of the South Side community and beyond.

Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Humanitarian Service Award is presented to honorees whose efforts preserve the ideals of Dr. King – dignity, education, employment, fairness and justice for all people. Now approaching its 20th year, the award has been presented to social service agencies, physicians, educators, and civic and religious leaders, as well as those who have served in the community.

The celebration at which the award is presented is meant to remind the community of the legacy of Dr. King, the fragility of the gains won and the need to advocate for our communities and nation. The award shines a spot light on people and organizations that get involved in their communities — and do not sit on the sidelines. The 2017 Award and Celebration will be held January 13, 2017.

Recent honorees include Michael Tidmore, a youth mentor; Yolanda Gray, an Englewood crossing guard, and State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins.

The Community Relations Committee is accepting nominations for the 2017 honoree. Those interested in nominating an individual or organization should review the guidelines, as well as complete the Nomination Form and return it by the deadline for submissions.

Sincerely,
Evelyn Jones
Chair, Community Relations Committee

St. Bernard Hospital 3rd Annual Community Fair

St. Bernard Hospital 3rd Annual Community Fair

New Date – Saturday, October 15

St. Bernard Hospital will host its Annual Community Fair on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its new Ambulatory Care Center, 6307 S. Stewart Avenue, Chicago, IL. Children can receive free school physicals, vaccinations, and dental screenings. Parents must bring a copy of each child’s shot record to receive vaccinations. Vision screenings will be offered for children and adults, and men can receive free PSA exams. For more information on St. Bernard’s Annual Community Fair, please call (773) 896-2586.

Over 100 Moms Celebrated at Community Baby Shower

Takiya Clausell and 1-month old Makenzie pose with Evelyn Jones, VP of Nursing, after winning their raffle prize.

Takiya Clausell and 1-month old Makenzie Walker pose with Evelyn Jones, VP of Nursing, after winning their raffle prize.

On August 10, St. Bernard hosted a community baby shower for more than 100 expectant moms. Attendees enjoyed food, games, giveaways, and lectures on nutrition and infant first aid. Every mom walked away with at least one gift. Gifts were donated by St. Bernard Hospital employees and community organizations. Read Hospital throws baby shower for 100 expectant moms in Englewood by ABC 7’s Karen Jordan to learn more about the event.

Englewood Community Gets the Outpatient Healthcare Services They Need and Deserve

Ambulatory Care Center ribbon cutting, May 31, 2016.

Ambulatory Care Center ribbon cutting, May 31, 2016.

In October of 2014, the Englewood community gathered as St. Bernard Hospital broke ground on its new Ambulatory Care Center (ACC). Less than two years later, on Tuesday, May 31st, the community gathered once again to celebrate the Ambulatory Care Center’s grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the magnificent $33 million, three-story health care facility.

Located in the heart of Chicago’s south side, the ACC (6307 South Stewart Avenue) was conceived after the hospital conducted extensive community outreach to learn more about their residents and what they wanted and needed in terms of health and wellness care. What they found was that residents were either traveling outside of the community to see a physician, or they didn’t see a doctor at all. They had no local resource to address their non-emergent needs.

“The hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment, which was completed in 2012, clearly identified the healthcare needs of our residents, and revealed a chronic lack of medical services, particularly for low-income families,” explained Charles Holland, St. Bernard’s president and CEO. “The need for additional resources in our community had been recognized for some time, and space in the main building of St. Bernard Hospital was at capacity,” he added. “The opening of our Ambulatory Care Center is an exceptional opportunity for us to better serve our community and to expand access to wellness and preventive medicine for thousands of people.”

The vision for St. Bernard’s Ambulatory Care Center was to create a one-stop health care facility with a patient friendly environment, and that’s exactly what it is. “With the opening of our Ambulatory Care Center, people are now able to access health care and specialty services close to their homes,” explains Holland. “The Englewood community deserves the same kind of services and healthcare that they can get in other communities, and we wanted to make sure that we provided it for them right here.”

The ACC, which opened to the public on Tuesday, June 7th, transforms the way that St. Bernard Hospital delivers outpatient and specialty care. The 70,000 square foot, state-of-the-art health center provides an expansive and modern space with physician offices, as well as clinics including a primary care walk-in clinic, full service diagnostic imaging, orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, an onsite laboratory, and a pharmacy.

Specialty clinics include adult and pediatric asthma, cardiology, chronic diseases, diabetes, gastroenterology, otolaryngology, pulmonology and rheumatology. The women’s wellness clinic offers pre-natal care, mammography screening, gynecology services, physical exams and free pregnancy tests.

“For 112 years, as a safety-net hospital, St. Bernard has continued its mission of providing high quality, comprehensive health care,” adds Holland. “Each year, more than 80,000 patients seek services from our hospital,” he continues. “Our Ambulatory Care Center represents our continued and unwavering commitment to being the community’s source for trusted healthcare.”

Close to 350 people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 31st, which included a luncheon and tours of the new building. City officials and community leaders who participated in the celebration included the Archbishop of Chicago Blasé Cupich, Congressman Bobby Rush, Congressman Danny K. Davis, Alderman Willie Cochran (20th Ward), and Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele.

Patient Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety

Patient Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety

St. Bernard Hospital is looking for volunteers in our community to serve as members of the Patient Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety. If you have a passion to help improve the patient experience and ensure that all patients get safe, high quality care, we want you to join us. Please apply to help us create a Council that is an example of partnership and communication.

The Council will take the experiences and ideas of our adult patients to help plan programs that best meet the needs of our patients we are so honored to serve. The Council will be made of patients, family members, friends of patients, community leaders and health care professionals. Our members will reflect the diverse communities we serve. We will be diverse in income level, race, ethnicity, health status and religion to name a few.

We encourage you to apply and join us on this partnership journey to serve patients and families like yours. Please take a moment to read the application. You can email applications to marketing@stbh.org or mail them to:

Christina Clayton
Marketing Assistant
St. Bernard Hospital
326 West 64th Street
Chicago, IL 60621
Attn: Advisory Council

The deadline for applying by mail or email is Monday, May 16, 2016.

As we move through the process, we’ll keep applicants notified on the status of their submission. If you have any questions, please call (773) 896-2586 or email marketing@stbh.org.

Berglund Intern leverages opportunity to join St. Bernard Hospital

Rashaad Williams outside the Ambulatory Care Center which is under construction on the St. Bernard Hospital campus.

Rashaad Williams outside the Ambulatory Care Center which is under construction on the St. Bernard Hospital campus.

When Rashaad Williams began his internship at Berglund Construction, his supervisor told him he’d be doing a lot of paperwork.

With an eye toward studying business and administration in college, Rashaad was ready to learn the professional office skills required for that type of career. What he didn’t realize, though, was that he’d also learn the skills required to find a great part-time job that will help support him when he starts college classes.

“If I don’t have any emails or paperwork I have to do, I go into the field and start working,” he said.

Rashaad has been assigned to a high-profile Berglund project since he graduated from Englewood High School and began his internship in June of 2015: the construction of a new three-story, 70,000-square-foot Ambulatory Care Center at St. Bernard Hospital. In February, he will begin his new part-time job in the hospital’s cafeteria as he begins general education classes at Kennedy King College. His work on the hospital’s new construction project played a direct role in helping him land the new job.

“I’m learning a lot from all the foremen and everything,” he said. “It’s a good learning experience.”

Savan Hines, Berglund’s veteran laborer foreman on the project, has taken the lead in ensuring Rashaad learns what it takes to maintain an efficient work area.

“We talk about work ethic,” Savan said. “We talk about life stuff in general.”

Rashaad’s office duties required that he arrived to the project at 7 am every day. Savan told Rashaad that in order to be a dependable employee, he shouldn’t arrive on time. He should arrive early.

“I told him that if you have a job that’s starting at 7 am, I need you to be there at least at 6:15 to get yourself together,” he said.

Following Savan’s lead, Rashaad began setting his alarm for 5 am and fought through the yawns to develop the habit of getting into work earlier.

Chris Phelan, a Berglund project manager, has mentored Rashaad on developing the business management skills that he will use when he begins classes. Rashaad’s office duties have included updating the project drawings, tracking production, coordinating the equipment schedules, documenting progress and performing safety and quality control audits.

“We’ve stressed to him that it’s not how quickly you get a task done, but how correctly you get a task done,” Chris said.

Whether he’s working with Savan in the field or working with Chris in the office, Rashaad is grateful for the knowledge and skills he’ll take with him in his future endeavors.

“These are a good group of people to work with,” Rashaad said. “They give me advice every day and I take it and I learn from it. They always tell me to do better and keep up the good work and I always tell them thank you.”

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Youth advocate receives Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award

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Michael Tidmore (front) is flanked by St. Bernard Hospital officials. Hospital CEO Charles Holland is at far right.

Michael Tidmore wants young people to know “That they can make a difference in their lives and a change in the world,” he says. On the 87th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and St. Bernard Hospital held its 19th annual celebration honoring the life and legacy of the civil rights champion. This year’s honoree, Michael Tidmore, is a restorative justice advocate in Englewood, who has become an example to at-risk youth that they can turn their lives around.

Mr. Tidmore served nearly 10 years in prison for his role in an armed robbery and murder that was committed when he was 18 years old (1979 – 1989). While incarcerated Mr. Tidmore became a peer counselor for other inmates and has continued his work to mitigate violence and provide access to opportunity for young people. He has been certified as community mediator to deescalate issues in the community by the United States Department of Justice (2000).

Perry Gunn, executive director of Teamwork Englewood, where Mr. Tidmore is employed as the program coordinator for youth programs, says, “Mr. Tidmore has done outstanding work with youth in the Englewood community.” He has spent the past seven years mentoring youth, and teaching them effective strategies on how to avoid violence. As part of the Restorative Justice Program Mr. Tidmore has performed duties such as leading peace circles that help youth develop effective conflict management and communication skills, as well as avoid bullying.

“Since leaving prison Michael has served as a positive role model and mentor for hundreds of Englewood youth,” says Gunn. Mr. Tidmore coordinated Teamwork Englewood’s African American Male Initiative, which operated for five years until funding was cut. The Initiative targeted young men 10-18 years old that were vulnerable to gang recruitment and dropping out of school. Despite the end of the program, Mr. Tidmore maintains his relationship with many of the young men today.

Michael Tidmore and young men he has mentored

Michael Tidmore and youth he has mentored

As program coordinator for Youth Programs at Teamwork Englewood, Mr. Tidmore continues his impactful work with the youth. He assists in facilitating the Youth Asset Development Project, a program that supports high school youth with academic support and mentoring; 50-60 youth participate in this program each year. Additionally, Mr. Tidmore is co-facilitator of the Englewood Codes program, which teaches youth how to build mobile phone applications as well as design websites.

This past summer, he worked with the Hoops in the Hood basketball program that served boys and girls ages 10-19. This sports program has served approximately 100 area youth with weekly basketball games and skill development, but also included a violence prevention component. In addition, he served as a mentor for the Englewood Police Youth Baseball League, where he led a series of life skills workshops for 100 baseball league participants.

About the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Service Award

Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Humanitarian Service Award is presented by the Community Relations Committee of St. Bernard Hospital to honorees whose efforts preserve the ideals of Dr. King – dignity, education, employment, fairness and justice for all people. The award shines a spotlight on people and organizations that are actively involved in improving their communities. St. Bernard’s annual award has been presented to social service agencies, legislators and community advocates serving the South Side of Chicago.