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Gary Garland Receives Annual C.A.R.E.S. Award from Saint Joseph Hospital

Demonstrates Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Service

Joel Spear, M.D.Chicago, Ill. – November 9, 2012 – Gary Garland, executive director of the Lakeview Pantry, was recently honored as the recipient of the 2012-2013 C.A.R.E.S. Award from Presence Saint Joseph Hospital – Chicago (PSJHC) for his dedication to community service. Garland was recognized on Nov. 8 at the hospital’s Fourth Annual C.A.R.E.S. Award Reception.

Since 2009, Saint Joseph Hospital has honored local leaders who demonstrate its core values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Service (C.A.R.E.S.) through exceptional service to the community. Previous award recipients include community activist Christine Brown, philanthropist Bernard Beasley and the Chicago Cubs organization.

“We are thrilled to present this year’s C.A.R.E.S. Award to Gary Garland,” said Roberta Luskin-Hawk, M.D., executive vice president/CEO, PSJHC. “Through his leadership, energy and compassion, Gary has worked tirelessly to make our community a better place. He truly exemplifies our core values.”

Garland joined the staff of Lakeview Pantry in 1986 and has devoted his professional life to the pantry’s mission of eliminating hunger. Since becoming the organization’s first executive director in 1998, Garland has significantly expanded the organization’s feeding program, which now distributes more than 1.5 million pounds of food each year. Through his leadership, the pantry also has added a wide array of social services that help connect clients to resources that help them to live self-sufficiently. These services include a homebound food delivery program, job training, clothing and housing support, and referrals to other social service agencies.

He also has taken a leadership role in mobilizing the community in the fight against poverty.  Nearly 800 volunteers and 5,000 food and financial donors are actively engaged in the pantry’s daily efforts to feed the hungry and address the root causes of economic instability. The pantry estimates that about 10,000 Lakeview residents – including children, veterans and families – are food insecure.

This year, Garland turned his 50th birthday celebration into a rally against hunger for the community. Dubbed 50 for Food, Gary walked 50 miles from his hometown of Kenosha, Wisc. back to Chicago. The effort raised $30,000 for the pantry’s emergency food distribution and case management programs.  

Garland said his favorite part of his daily work is seeing the best in people when they do good for others. “For more than four decades now, Lakeview has been a community where residents say, ‘I will help my neighbor in need.’  Lakeview Pantry is simply a conduit for that compassion,” Garland said.

About Presence Saint Joseph Hospital – Chicago (PSJHC)
PSJHC is a nationally ranked, award-winning teaching hospital serving Chicago’s lake shore communities. It’s home to many world-renowned physicians and advanced medical technologies. For more information, visit sjh.reshealth.org.

About Provena Health – Resurrection Health Care, Now Joined as Presence Health
PSJHC is part of Presence Health, 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 www.provenaresurrection.org to learn more. 

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