La Rabida honors Hyde Parkers

La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Drive, honored two Hyde Parkers last Friday for their support of the pediatric specialty care institution.

Drs. Cheryl and Eric Whitaker received a joint community leadership award at the annual gala for the hospital, which took place at the Four Seasons Hotel.

“We are very excited to honor the work done by these individuals, whose support and commitment help the children of La Rabida and so many others,’’ said La Rabida CEO Brenda Wolf in a statement.

Eric Whitaker’s efforts in leading the Urban Health Initiative, a program to increase health care access on the South Side of Chicago, were highlighted as an example of the dedication to community service that prompted the award. Cheryl Whitaker’s work in chronic-condition treatment in minority communities was also highlighted.

The event drew more than 500 supporters of the hospital, which was founded in 1896 and treats children with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities and other lifelong conditions.