She was honored for her continued dedication to improving Englewood and Auburn Gresham, two impoverished communities located in her district, said officials at St. Bernard Hospital, 326 W. 64th St.
“We are pleased to be able to honor Sen. Jacqueline Collins for her outstanding dedicated contributions to our community. She has consistently worked to improve services and the quality of life for area residents," said Charles Holland, president and chief executive officer for St. Bernard Hospital. "In keeping with Dr. King’s mission of standing up for the betterment of all persons she has worked to improve access to healthcare. Senator Collins has particularly fought cuts to state support for safety-net hospitals such as St. Bernard Hospital, which serve a disproportionate number of people who are poor, lack alternative access to healthcare and who lack health insurance."
Last year's honoree was Dr. Jean Wilson Muscadin, who provides pediatric care to Englewood families.
Collins, who grew up in Auburn Gresham, which is where her district office is located, said she is always grateful when her efforts to make life better for others are recognized.
“It is an honor to accept this award, named for a leader whose legacy inspires me every day,” Collins said. “For us to believe, act and dream together for the good of families and communities is a privilege and even a sacred duty."