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Presence Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center Recognizes Local Teacher With Community Service Award

Joel Spear, M.D.

Chicago (June 2, 2014) — Presence Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center presented its 2014 Inspire Award for community service to Lincoln Square resident Amber Richard on May 29. Richard is assistant principal of the Dr. Jorge Prieto Math and Science Academy, located in the Belmont-Cragin area.

The Inspire Award is presented annually to a community organization or leader who exemplifies the values that inspire the hospital’s community outreach. It also recognizes inspirational leadership that advances the well-being of the community.

Richard initiated a partnership between the academy and the hospital to help area students and families foster good health. She is a member of the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment Steering Committee, and contributed to the health needs assessment and health program strategy  implementation. She introduced the chronic illness action team to the school, whereby the team works with parents and students to prevent chronic illness through education and activity.

“We are very proud to have Amber Richard accept our Inspire Award,” said John Baird, president and CEO of Presence Resurrection Medical Center, Presence Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center and Presence Holy Family Medical Center. “Amber’s commitment to helping improve the health and well-being of her school community is admirable.”

About Presence Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center
Ranked a top patient safe hospital by Consumer Reports, March 2014, Presence Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, 5645 West Addison, Chicago, is a premier hospital on the city’s northwest side that specializes in cardiac care, emergency services, primary care, surgical services, and rehabilitation services. The hospital is certified as a Primary Stroke Center and accredited as a Chest Pain Center. The hospital is part of Presence Health, the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, created in November, 2011 through the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence Health has 22,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of nearly $3 billion. To learn more, visit


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