Nov 9
Wednesday, November 9th 2022

Waukegan, Illinois (November 9, 2022) – Nominated by the Waukegan Park District, Vista Health System was honored by the Illinois Association of Park Districts with the Best Friend of Illinois Parks Award. The award recognizes a business or corporation that has demonstrated exemplary support of a local park district, forest preserve, conservation, recreation, or special recreation agency.

Vista Health System, a local healthcare provider with a network that includes Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan, has been a supporter of the Waukegan Park District for more than twenty years as a sponsor of various park district events, including the Fishing Derby, American Independence Parade, Touch a Truck, Halloween Trick or Treat Trail, and Turkey Trot. The generous financial support from Vista Health System has helped the Waukegan Park District expand offerings at these special events, while maintaining a free or low-cost registration fee.

As a longtime sponsor, Vista Health System was named the Grand Marshal of the Waukegan Park District’s American Independence Parade in 2022. Unlike any other parade participant, Vista Health System has a facility located along the parade route. It is now tradition to expect employees of Vista Health System, from front desk receptionists to nurses, under a tent offering free water for parade participants to refresh halfway through the parade route.

Janet E. Kilkelly, President of the Waukegan Park District Board of Commissioners, stated, “Vista Health System is a valuable partner of the Waukegan Park District. The company’s long- term investment has allowed the Waukegan Park District to expand programming in our parks.”

Jay Lerner, Executive Director of the Waukegan Park District, stated, “The Waukegan Park District’s positive relationship with Vista Health System is a prime example of a public-private partnership that benefits the community. The Waukegan Park District is grateful for
their financial support and partnership throughout the years.”

Jon Rozenfeld, Chief Executive Officer of Vista Health System, stated, “Vista Health System is honored to be nominated and chosen as the Best Friend of Illinois Parks Large Business Award recipient. We are proud to be actively involved in the communities we serve and support local organizations like the Waukegan Park District who share a similar mission of keeping our community healthy and connected through various programming and events.”