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Presence Saint Francis Hospital to honor Ann Rainey with 2013 Cares Award for Community Service on October 8.

Joel Spear, M.D.

Evanston, Illinois (October 2, 2013) – Longtime Evanston alderman Ann Rainey has been selected to receive the fifth annual Cares Award for Community Service from Presence Saint Francis Hospital. The award will be presented at the Cares Award breakfast, which will be held at the hospital on Tuesday, October 8.

Ald. Rainey will be the fifth honoree to receive the Cares Award. Past recipients include Family Focus (2012), Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin (2011), Misericordia’s Sister Rosemary Connelly (2010) and former Evanston Mayor Lorraine Morton (2009).
More than 90 guests are expected including Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, past Cares Award recipients and numerous business, government and civic leaders.

The Presence Saint Francis Hospital Cares Award for Community Service is presented to a community leader or organization that exemplifies the values that inspire Presence Saint Francis Hospital’s outreach to the community. The award recognizes inspirational leadership from an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to advance the well-being of the community.

Ann Rainey has served as Alderman of Evanston’s “Great 8th Ward” for 25 years. Rainey grew up in a military family that settled in Evanston while she was in high school. An ETHS graduate, she has been an activist all of her life. While marching and fighting for civil rights and equal rights, her path crossed with Shirley Chisholm, Gloria Steinem, Bella Abzug and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Locally she has worked diligently on housing issues and fought to improve living conditions in Evanston. Rainey is the founder of the annual Bike the Ridge event, which just celebrated its 6th year. Her current focus is the redevelopment of Howard Street to create an entertainment and dining district.

About Presence Saint Francis Hospital

Presence Saint Francis Hospital is a nationally recognized, full-service 271-bed hospital with a Level I Trauma Center and is listed as one of the Best Hospitals in Metro Chicago by U.S. News & World Report. As home to the first Chest Pain Center on Chicago’s North Shore and a Primary Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission, Presence Saint Francis Hospital has a rich history of providing top quality care and leading edge technologies in collaboration with its 424-physician medical staff. Presence Saint Francis Hospital has been designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, placing it in the top seven percent of U.S. hospitals for nursing excellence. More information is available at

About Presence Health
Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, created in November, 2011 through the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care. With more than 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence Health has 22,000 employees and 4,000 medical professionals. More information is available at


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