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Jaime Delgado Receives Annual C.A.R.E.S. Award from Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

Demonstrates Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Service

Chicago, Ill. – April 9, 2013 – The Community Relations Committee of Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Centered honored Jaime Delgado as the recipient of the 2013 C.A.R.E.S. Award.  They formally recognized Delgado for his 30 years of community service on April 9 at the medical center's Seventh Annual C.A.R.E.S. Award Reception.

"I'm honored to receive this award," said Delgado (photo at right).  I feel honored to be recognized for my work on behalf of my community and the many other partners who are working to improve health care for everyone."

Since 2006, the Community Relations Committee has honored local leaders who espouse and enact the organization's core values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Service (C.A.R.E.S.) during their work on behalf the community.  Previous award recipients included Marco Jacome, Executive Director of HealthCare Alternative Systems; former 26th Ward Alderman Billy Ocasio; former 32nd Ward Alderman Ted Matlak; Maggie Martinez, Executive Director of the Block Club Federation, Chicago Police Commanders, Judith Martin and Linda Flores; and Father Nick Desmond, Pastor of Saint Aloysius Church.

"We were thrilled to present this year's C.A.R.E.S. Award to Mr. Delgado," said Margaret McDermott, president/CEO. "Through his leadership, energy and compassion, Mr. Delgado has worked tirelessly to make our community a better place. He truly exemplifies our core values."

Delgado currently serves as Project Director of "Block-by-Block: The Greater Humboldt Park Community Campaign Against Diabetes." Under his leadership, the organization addresses the growing diabetes crisis in Humboldt Park, which is located on Chicago's near northwest side.  "Our goal is to improve the health of everyone in the community by empowering people to help themselves through knowledge, resources, support, and self-determination," said Delgado. 

Since the organization opened in April 2010, the Block-by-Block team has screened more than 1,700 men and women for Type 2 Diabetes, conducted 900 ALC blood tests (used to assess whether diabetes is under control), assisted over 200 individuals with diabetes to access primary care and social support, and provided exercise programs and activities classes to over 1,500 participants.   The empowerment center is located at 2753 W. Division St., Chicago.  To learn more, call 773.342.0855.

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About Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) is a premier medical center on Chicago's near northwest side and includes the Saint Mary Campus, 2233 W. Division St., and Saint Elizabeth Campus, 1431 N. Claremont Ave. The Saint Mary Campus is certified as a Primary Stroke Center and accredited as a Chest Pain Center. The hospital specializes in cardiac care, digestive diseases, emergency services, neuroscience services, obstetrics, primary care, behavioral health and wound healing. PSMEMC ranks No. 19 in the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" in the Chicago metro area. PSMEMC offers comprehensive diabetes care and education for inpatients and outpatients. Click here for information about the medical center's diabetes services. Visit our website at smemc.reshealth.org.

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