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Article updated: 7/16/2013 7:45 PM

Accretive Health sinks a hole-in-one for local service organization

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Chicago-based Accretive Health recently hosted its fourth annual St. Joseph Services Golf Outing. The event raised roughly $75,000 to benefit St. Joseph Services, an organization serving the needs of the poor in the city of Chicago. The fundraiser was held on June 24, at Glen Oak Golf Course in Glen Ellyn, Ill. In attendance were 130 Accretive Health employees and seven company sponsors.

Accretive Health annually supports a golf tournament and outdoor games, followed by a silent and live auction.

"This year we had a beautiful day, great weather and a successful auction," said Dave Koran, a senior lead at Accretive Health and junior board member of St. Joseph Services. The auctions raised more than $27,000. Accretive Health employees and their associates donate all items for the auction.

"The generosity of participants and company sponsors this year is making it possible to help St. Joseph Services grow their mission," he added. "People are excited to help and want to contribute in any way they can. This event would not be possible without their kindness."

The proceeds from the fundraiser helps support educational services for more than 600 adults and children of Chicago's Humboldt Park and Austin neighborhoods. For many in these stressed Chicago neighborhoods, education is the key to helping them overcome the forces that keep them in poverty. After school programs, weekend sports and tutoring, and camps are held throughout the year for over 350 children and young adults. Adult literacy, computer literacy, job skills training and English as a Second Language classes for adults are offered for more than 250 adults. St. Joseph Services accomplishes much of this through engagement of over 350 trained literacy volunteers. Many Accretive Health employees share their talents to tutor children on the weekends or help teach English to adults in the evenings.

"We couldn't do the great work we're doing without the financial support of Accretive Health," Lisa Sullivan, executive director of St. Joseph Services gratefully acknowledged. "They've given me the confidence to hire staff, which is so important in managing our volunteers and ensuring excellence in our educational programs. Together, we've been able to make a significant difference in Chicago's neediest communities. It's a wonderful partnership."

The annual golf outing is one of the most effective fundraising events that Accretive Health hosts to benefit St. Joseph Services. Accretive Health became sponsors of the charitable work being achieved by the community organization in 2008 when a board of junior leaders was created to help St. Joseph Services grow their mission.

"Their work in the Austin, Avondale and Humboldt Park communities to strengthen and develop others is truly reflective of our own mission," said Chris Hartemayer, a senior manager at Accretive Health and president of Accretive Health's charitable junior board.

For more information on Accretive Health's philanthropic activities, contact Hartemayer at (312) 255-7711.

About St. Joseph Services

St. Joseph Services was founded in 2001 by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul who have been serving the needs of the poor in the city of Chicago since 1861. Service sites were located in the underserved communities of Humbolt Park and Austin. St. Joseph Services' vision is that collaborations are the most cost effective way to help more people. Currently partnering with St. Angela School, Josephinum Academy, Resurrection Parish, St. Aloysius Parish and other community partners, they now offer a range of programming to the youth and families of the communities they serve and engage a large corps of talented volunteers for direct service. They develop youth, educate adults and transform lives. For more information, visit: www.stjosephservices.org.

About Accretive Health

At Accretive Health, our mission is to help our healthcare clients strengthen their financial stability and deliver better care at a more affordable cost to the communities they serve, increasing healthcare access for all. For more information, visit www.accretivehealth.com.

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