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Presence Saint Joseph Hospital Honored for Commitment to Quality Health Care for Uninsured
CommunityHealth Presents First-Ever Cornerstone Award to Presence Saint Joseph at 20th Anniversary Gala
Chicago, IL – April 24, 2013 – Presence Saint Joseph Hospital was honored over the weekend with the CommunityHealth Cornerstone Award at the volunteer-based health center’s 20th Anniversary Gala at Navy Pier. The Chicago hospital was given the award for its work to provide high-quality, comprehensive and patient-centered care to the city’s poor and uninsured.
“Caring for the underserved and uninsured is critical to the mission of Presence Saint Joseph Hospital,” said Dr. Roberta Luskin-Hawk, President and CEO of Presence Saint Joseph. “We know that every community needs outstanding, comprehensive care that helps patients focus on disease prevention and healthy lifestyles. Partners like CommunityHealth help us reach thousands of Chicago-area patients who would not otherwise have access to the care they need and it is such an honor to receive their Cornerstone Award in recognition of our shared mission.”
Presence Saint Joseph is one of CommunityHealth’s founding partners. CommunityHealth was founded in 1993 by Dr. Sarafino Garella, who was the Chairman of the Saint Joseph Hospital Department of Medicine at the time. The foundation for Dr. Garella’s vision was access to high quality health care for all and a passion for medical education. Since CommmunityHealth’s earliest days, Saint Joseph Hospital residents and faculty have been providing care and health education, and the hospital has continually expanded its commitment to providing free medical care to patients in need. Presence Saint Joseph holds nine clinics staffed by internal medicine residents and faculty, and teaches University of Illinois medical students on-site.
The majority of patients served by Presence Saint Joseph through CommunityHealth are from working households who are living at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (those earning less than $5,000 a month for a family of four). The health care services provided through CommunityHealth are not reimbursed by Medicaid, Medicare or any third party payer. The physicians and financial support from Presence Saint Joseph Hospital are key to helping CommunityHealth reach so many patients in need.