The Loretto Hospital to Hold Third Annual Partner’s Reception to Reaffirm Commitment to Equity and Access in Healthcare

1/13/2021, noon
The Loretto Hospital to Hold Third Annual Partner’s Reception to Reaffirm Commitment to Equity and Access in Healthcare.

CEO of American Hospital Association, Illinois Senator Lightford, Representative Ford, Cook County Commissioner Johnson, among many featured guests 

   The Loretto Hospital will hold its annual Partner’s Reception on
January 13, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The program will be held virtually this year but given the featured guests and programming, it promises to be the best Partner’s Reception yet. Attendance to the event is open to media by registering at www.lorettopartnereception.eventbrite.com
   The event was conceived two years ago to celebrate the hospital’s transformation in tone, message and inclusion of leaders and influencers. The event has become a centerpiece for the hospital’s leadership to speak to important audiences about the critical issues of healthcare equity.
   “The pandemic will not prevent us for taking time to celebrate the extraordinary work of hospital staff, volunteers and the supportive community at large,” said George Miller, CEO of The Loretto Hospital. “The last year has been tragic and heartbreaking, but it has also shown the best in people and organizations coming together in common cause. This event will help us take stock of where we are in the cause of healthcare equity and also to highlight the incredible work of so many.”
    Under Mr. Miller’s leadership, The Loretto Hospital has grown from a $60 million to $100 million organization. The institution is on the front lines of closing the healthcare equity gap, which is one of the most important social justice issues facing the nation. The Loretto Hospital, and Mr. Miller, have become national advocates to sound the alarm about the dire health crisis facing black and brown communities. The hospital was the first to administer the vaccine in the Chicago area and has been an outspoken advocate for the most vulnerable throughout the pandemic.
    The Loretto Hospital Board of Directors will welcome the gathering with a heartwarming ‘thank you’ message to staff and frontline workers. They will be followed by remarks from Mr. Miller who will talk about the tumultuous 2020 as well as his vision for Loretto in the next year.
     The keynote speaker for the event will be Richard J. Pollack, CEO, American Hospital Association. Mr. Pollack has been leading the AHA since 2015. He and the AHA have been at the forefront of the national conversation around the COVID-19 epidemic. Earlier, under his leadership, the AHA launched AHAPAC, now one of the largest health care political action committees in the U.S., supporting congressional candidates who support hospitals and patients. Mr. Pollack also has been a leader in efforts to expand health coverage in the U.S., taking part in many broad-based national coalitions that ultimately led to coverage expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
    The main event for the evening is the award presentations to recognize the outstanding contributions of leaders on the critical issues of health care access, which Loretto is a leading voice in Chicago. Honorees will give remarks and be celebrated in the following categories:
Foundation and Philanthropic Partners:
* Chancelor ‘Chance the Rapper’ Bennett
* The Coleman Foundation
* Square One Foundation
* Julian Grace Foundation
* Raymond James & Associates
* AbbVie Community Resilience Fund
Elected Officials:
*  Illinois Senator Kimberly Lightford
* State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford
*Cook County Comm. Brandon Johnson
* State Health Department
*City Health Department
Government Partners:
* Juvenile Temporary Detention Center
* Cook County Sheriff’s Office
Clinical/Health Partners
* Rush Hospital
* West Side United
* Sinai Health System
Community & Clergy Partners:
* Donald Dew, Habilitative Systems, Inc.
* Jessica Lynch and Andie Goodhall, Illinois Public Health Institute
* David Henry, Walmart Health
Attendance to the event is open to everyone by registering at www.lorettopartnereception.eventbrite.com