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Presence Health Honors Christopher G. Kennedy

Christopher Kennedy, Chicago businessman, civic leader and current Chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, received the third annual Resurrection Health Care CARES Award June 20 for his significant contributions to residents of Illinois.

Presence Health President and Chief Executive Officer Sandra Bruce presented Kennedy with the award which is bestowed upon community leaders who exemplify Resurrection Health Care’s core values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellent, and Service.

“Chris Kennedy has shown dedicated support for the city’s civic organizations, ranging from his work with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to his activities with health care organizations,” said Bruce. Kennedy also served as the president of Merchandise Mart properties for over a decade. “During his time there he promoted economic growth as well as environmental responsibility, leading the Mart to become one of the largest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings,” she said.

Resurrection hospitals have each given CARES Awards in the communities they serve for several years. Resurrection Health Care joined with Provena Health on November 1, 2011 to form Presence Health.

2011-2012 Resurrection hospital CARES Award recipients include:

  • Holy Family Medical Center
    Self Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines
  • Saints Mary & Elizabeth Medical Center
    Father Nicholas Desmond, Pastor, Saint Aloysius Catholic Church
  • Saint Francis Hospital
    Hon. Larry Suffredin, Cook County Commissioner, 13th District
  • Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center
    Dr. Charles Martinez and George Maltezos, Old Irving Park Community Clinic
  • Saint Joseph Hospital
    Chicago Cubs
  • Resurrection Medical Center
    Hon. Brian Doherty, Former Alderman, City of Chicago, 41st Ward

300 people attend the June 20 breakfast event. Emmy Award winning television anchor and reporter Mary Ann Childers emceed the event.

About Provena Health – Resurrection Health Care, Now Joined as Presence Health

Provena Health – Resurrection Health Care, now joined as Presence Health, is a family of Catholic, not-for profit, healthcare services providing advanced medical care and exceptional service with compassion and hope. With locations in Chicago and its collar counties, as well as in East-Central Illinois, it is the largest Catholic health provider in Illinois, encompassing 12 hospitals, 27 long term care and senior residential facilities, numerous outpatient services, clinics, home health services, hospice, private duty, and comprehensive Behavioral Health services. Presence Health is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Holy Family, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Sisters of the Resurrection. Visit to learn more.


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