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March 3, 2005
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831

BryanLGH and St. Elizabeth Receive Community Conscience Award
Mary Hepburn O’Shea honored for individual achievement

Mayor Coleen J. Seng presented BryanLGH Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center with the Mayor’s Community Conscience Award for 2005 at a breakfast ceremony this morning at the Embassy Suites Hotel. The award was established in 2000 to honor local businesses for their generosity, civic spirit and community leadership. Mary Hepburn O’Shea was presented with a special Individual Achievement Award.

BryanLGH and St. Elizabeth were honored in part for their contributions to the People’s Health Center (PHC), a non-profit organization established in August 2002. PHC at 1021 North 27th Street provides health and dental services to the uninsured or under-insured. The two medical centers each made a $150,000 cash contribution to PHC and assisted in securing $650,000 from the Community Health Endowment to build, equip and furnish the center. BryanLGH also helped secure about $700,000 in additional federal funding and $280,000 in financing through a bank collaborative lead by Union Bank. St. Elizabeth also helped secure $250,000 in low-cost financing through the Catholic Health Initiatives.

“The People’s Health Center is a great example of this community coming together to fill a need,” said Mayor Seng. “I applaud BryanLGH and St. Elizabeth for their commitment to this project and to the health of our community.”

Hepburn O’Shea has been working in the mental health field in Lincoln for 40 years. In 1963, she and her husband started O.U.R. Homes, initially welcoming eight people into their home. She and her family now employ about 100 people, operating facilities with more 300 residents and 160 people in adult day centers. Hepburn O’Shea has served on the boards of many mental health and social service organizations. She helped started Tabitha Home Health Care and Personal Crisis Service and she is currently Vice-President of the Beatrice State Developmental Center Parents and Friends.

“Mary’s motto is, ‘If people need something, help them get it. If the resource is not there, then use your creativity and do it yourself,’” said Mayor Seng. “That is what Mary has done in our community for more than 40 years.”

The awards breakfast featured Jim Fram, President of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, as the keynote speaker. The award winners were chosen by a committee of local business leaders. Previous winners were Pfizer in 2000, Ameritas in 2001, NEBCO in 2002, the Lincoln Journal Star in 2003 and State Farm in 2004. Brad Korell, former President of Wells Fargo-Lincoln Bank, received the individual achievement award in 2004, the first year it was presented.

The breakfast presentation was taped by 5 CITY-TV to air on the government access cable channel. A schedule is available on the City Web site at

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