SPRINGFIELD, IL – St. Bernard Hospital recognized Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16th) Friday at its annual service remembering the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The hospital presented Sen. Collins with its 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King’s Humanitarian Service Award for her dedication to improving quality of life for individuals and families in the communities St. Bernard serves.

“It is an honor to accept this award, named for a leader whose legacy inspires me every day,” Sen. Collins said. “As we pause together to celebrate Dr. King’s life, let us rededicate ourselves to the struggle for justice and human dignity in these neighborhoods and throughout our city and state.”

Since her first election to the Illinois Senate in 2002, Sen. Collins has focused on several areas of particular interest to Englewood and other neighborhoods on the South Side, including housing issues, community revitalization and economic development, violence prevention, access to quality health care, access to fresh food and fairness in financial transactions. Like Sen. Collins, St. Bernard Hospital understands the relationship between economic and physical health. In 2004, the hospital and its partners built Bernard Place, an affordable housing development that has brought 70 new families to Englewood. Charles A. Holland, Jr., now President and CEO of St. Bernard, directed the project.

“For us to believe, act and dream together for the good of families and communities is a privilege and even a sacred duty,” Sen. Collins said. “I’m humbled that you’ve chosen to recognize my efforts, and I salute yours.”

PHOTO: (From left to right)Sen  Collins Ald Cochran flanked by STBH Officers Danny Rollins, Vice President for Ancillary and Support Services; Charles Holland, President and CEO; 20th Ward Alderman Willie B. Cochran; Sen. Collins; Henry Wiggins, M.D., Chief Radiologist; Ronald Campbell, Vice President for Case Management and Coordination of Care and Roland Abellera, Chief Quality Officer

UPDATE: For more information on this story, please see this story from DNAInfo.com Chicago.

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