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.