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Published on June 12, 2006

Freier, Cullen Receive KCH Heritage Award

June 12, 2006

Alice Freier

Alice Freier was one of two
recipients of Kishwaukee
Community Hospital’s 2006
Heritage Award.

Alice Freier and Michael Cullen are recipients of Kishwaukee Community Hospital’s 2006 Heritage Award.

The award was presented June 11, at the annual Donor Appreciation Ice Cream Social sponsored by Kishwaukee Health Foundation.

The Heritage Award recognizes distinguished service, outstanding leadership and significant contributions to improving health care in the community.

“Each year one man and one woman are honored for their commitment to our hospital and community. The recipients demonstrate deep, personal dedication to KCH and the community’s tradition of caring for and about our neighbors,” said Mike Mooney, chairman of the KishHealth System Board of Directors.
Cullen, President and CEO of The National Bank & Trust Company, was unable to attend the award presentation because of his son’s wedding, but was reached by phone during the ceremony. His wife, Pat, had been given the Heritage Award medallion in advance and was able to surprise him with the award when the phone call was made.

Cullen serves or has served on a number of boards, usually in a leadership capacity as chair, president, vice chair or treasurer. These include Ben Gordon Center, DeKalb County Community Foundation, DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation, Kishwaukee College Foundation, Northern Illinois University Foundation, Stage Coach Theatre, St. Mary’s Church, Sycamore Charities, Sycamore Economic Development Corporation, Sycamore Education Foundation and Sycamore Rotary Club

More directly, he has contributed his leadership skills to the KishHealth System. He has served on the KishHealth System Board of Directors for two years and this past year has been chair of the New Hospital Community Campaign. He previously served on the Health Progress Board.

His nominator said,”It is apparent that he is not only concerned about health care in the area, but also the educational, religious, social and financial ‘health’ of the entire county.

“His involvement as chair of the Community Campaign for our new Kishwaukee Community Hospital has been way above and beyond the job description. He has probably talked directly to more prospects and received more pledge totals than any other campaigner. His dedication to the campaign has been an inspiration to me and I would guess to many of the others involved.

Freier, practice administrator for DeKalb Clinic, has dedicated much of her life to community service and improving health care in the community. She is involved with many organizations.

According to her nominator, Alice doesn’t just serve on committees, she gets things done. She is a perennial organizer of Corn Fest, Heart Walk, Relay for Life, and the March of Dimes Walk.

As a member of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and chair of the Chamber Ambassadors, she has attended and coordinated numerous DeKalb Chamber ribbon cuttings for new businesses and has worked at the Chamber golf outing. She has served on the Corn Fest Board since 1988.

She also has given her time to the boards of United Way, Crime Stoppers, Voluntary Action Center, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and Carlton Home Healthcare. She has volunteered at DeKalb County Hospice, been a Meals on Wheels volunteer, and has coordinated blood drives, in addition to food and coat drives, for the Salvation Army.

She has been very supportive of KishHealth System. In her professional capacity, she works with the KHS business development team to recruit new doctors to the community. As a volunteer, she was a campaigner for the new hospital fund drive.

Freier as worked at DeKalb Clinic for 38 years, starting in 1968, as a registered nurse. She has served in various leadership capacities there and was responsible for getting DeKalb Clinic North built in Sycamore several years ago, handling everything from studying the former farm site to furnishing the satellite clinic.

Cullen, President and CEO of The National Bank & Trust Company, was unable to attend the award presentation because of his son’s wedding, but was reached by phone during the ceremony. His wife, Pat, had been given the Heritage Award medallion in advance and was able to surprise him with the award when the phone call was made.

Cullen serves or has served on a number of boards, usually in a leadership capacity as chair, president, vice chair or treasurer. These include Ben Gordon Center, DeKalb County Community Foundation, DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation, Kishwaukee College Foundation, Northern Illinois University Foundation, Stage Coach Theatre, St. Mary’s Church, Sycamore Charities, Sycamore Economic Development Corporation, Sycamore Education Foundation and Sycamore Rotary Club.

More directly, he has contributed his leadership skills to the KishHealth System. He has served on the KishIHealth System Board of Directors for two years and this past year has been chair of the New Hospital Community Campaign. He previously served on the Health Progress Board.

His nominator said,”It is apparent that he is not only concerned about health care in the area, but also the educational, religious, social and financial ‘health’ of the entire county.

“His involvement as chair of the Community Campaign for our new Kishwaukee Community Hospital has been way above and beyond the job description. He has probably talked directly to more prospects and received more pledge totals than any other campaigner. His dedication to the campaign has been an inspiration to me and I would guess to many of the others involved.

Cullen and Freier’s photographs will now take their place on the KCH Wall of Honor that includes 48 honorees who have been recognized since the Heritage Award began in 1982.

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