CommunityHealth Earns National Recognition from Mutual of America

Chicago Nonprofit Honored for its Award-winning Community-Based Residency Program.

Mar 15, 2016, 09:07 ET from Mutual of America

NEW YORK, March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CommunityHealth will be recognized by Mutual of America for its Community-Based Residency Program during a special hometown luncheon and award presentation today at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago at 12:00 p.m.

The program was named an Honorable Mention Award recipient in Mutual of America's 2015 Community Partnership Award competition, which received entries from organizations nationwide. As one of 10 finalists in the competition, CommunityHealth received a monetary award from Mutual of America.

CommunityHealth delivers comprehensive, high-quality, patient-centered health care at no cost to low-income, uninsured adults. Founded in 1993 by Dr. Serafino Garella, CommunityHealth has grown to become the largest free clinic in the United States, utilizing more than 1,500 volunteers to deliver a comprehensive range of medical, dental, health education and social services to patients. Through its innovative Community-Based Residency program, CommunityHealth is also strengthening its ties to the broader Chicago community by helping to build the pipeline of top-tier primary care physicians.

Drawing from the top teaching hospitals in the city, the program provides an opportunity for 64 internal medicine residents to gain valuable experience treating patients outside a hospital setting. These residents typically stay at CommunityHealth for three years, fulfilling the total number of clinical hours required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

"We plan to leverage what we've learned to expand access to high-quality medical service to other clinics and communities nationwide so that no one has to go without health care," said Laura Ciresi Starr, Development Manager for CommunityHealth.

About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Last year, Mutual of America celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Community Partnership Award. Since 1996, 200 partnerships from cities and towns across America have been recognized. To learn more, visit To watch videos of all 20 national award-winning programs, visit the official YouTube channel for the Mutual of America Foundation Community Partnership Award.

About Mutual of America

Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit

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