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.

Walk-in Clinic Opens

Walk-in Clinic (800x450)St. Bernard Hospital opened The Walk-in Clinic on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Located in the Hospital at 326 West 64th Street in Chicago, The Clinic offers patients non-emergent medical care on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. There are plans to extend the hours and days of The Clinic when it migrants to the Ambulatory Care Center that is under construction at the corner of 63rd Street and Stewart Ave.

“The Walk-in Clinic provides easy access to medical care for people who cannot afford to take time off work to see a physician,” says Yolanda Penny, director, nursing services. “Appointments are not necessary.” Services are available for the entire family, and include school, sports and employment physicals, childhood immunizations from mumps to chickenpox, flu shots and treatment for allergies, colds, diabetes, high blood pressure and other common ailments.

St. Bernard’s Community Health Needs Assessment (2012), identified the need for walk-in services as important to the communities served by the hospital. The Clinic is expected to reduce trips to the emergency room. In 2013, St. Bernard Hospital received the highest number of Chicago Fire Department Emergency Medical Service runs citywide. St. Bernard’s emergency department serves over 45,000 patients annually, and the demand for emergency services continues to rise. “There’s a tremendous need for non-emergent care in our community,” says Penny.

Patients can expect a wide-range of services at The Clinic, as well as access to St. Bernard’s many specialist practices such as Women’s Wellness, the Dental Center, Orthopedics and state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging. For more information on The Walk-in Clinic, please visit www.STBH.org or call (773) 896-2577.