Spirit of MLK 2020 Award Winners | News | Loyola Medicine
Friday, February 7, 2020

Loyola Medicine Names Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Awardees

Spirit of MLK award winners

MAYWOOD, IL – Each year, Loyola Medicine hospitals honor the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events aimed at giving back to the community and honoring colleagues who go above and beyond in their line of work.

On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, colleagues had the opportunity to participate in a MLK Day of Service activity to give back to communities in need. A group of more than 35 clinicians, students, faculty and staff from Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) and the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine volunteered with Project C.U.R.E., sorting medical supplies to be sent to over 130 countries in need.

Throughout the rest of the week, Loyola Medicine hospitals held commemorative services, which included naming the coveted Spirit of Dr. King Award. The award honors a colleague from each hospital who consistently demonstrates the virtues of peace and goodness, and inspirational service to and respect for others. In the broader community and throughout Loyola Medicine, these individual share Dr. King’s positive outlook on life and the belief that "together we can always change things for the better."

Spirit of Dr. King Awards were given to:

  • Elsy Rubio, patient financial services, Loyola University Medical Center
  • Victor Townsend, supply chain, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
  • Toyia Brown, a patient care services, MacNeal Hospital

The celebrations included performances by the Maywood Fine Arts dancers and the Stritch Health Sciences Campus community choir.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.