Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 MLK Service Award


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.

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 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