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Advocate Physician Honored for Passion in Fight Against Cancer

OAK BROOK, Ill., March 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Honored for his decades-long volunteer efforts in the fight against cancer, Clement S. Rose, M.D., has been given the prestigious St. George National Award by the American Cancer Society (ACS). It's the highest honor given for volunteer service by the ACS.

Dr. Rose, a physician at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, has been serving as a volunteer with ACS for 24 years in a variety of roles at the local, state and national levels.

He has served as president of the Illinois Division Board of Directors, as well as chair of the task force on cancer disparities in Illinois and chair of the research and early detection committees. Additionally, Dr. Rose is a member of the Society's national Board of Directors and national finance, missions, outcomes and governance committees.

"Dr. Rose is a dedicated volunteer whose distinguished service has been instrumental in leading the American Cancer Society's fight to eradicate cancer as a major health problem," said Alan D. Lev, chairman of the American Cancer Society's Illinois Division. "His vision and leadership is a crucial component of our mission to finish the fight against cancer."

To qualify for the award, volunteers must have six years of consecutive and distinguished service. Recipients are selected by other volunteers on the Society's Board of Directors and previous St. George National Award recipients.

"I am deeply honored to receive the St. George Award," Dr. Rose said. "Cancer is a terrible disease that affects too many people. I am proud to be a part of the American Cancer Society's mission to save lives and to give back in my community, joined by thousands of other ACS volunteers who share my passion."

About Advocate Health Care

Advocate Health Care, named among the nation's top health systems, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 10 acute care hospitals, the state's largest integrated children's network, five Level I trauma centers (the state's highest designation in trauma care), two Level II trauma centers, one of the area's largest home health care companies and one of the region's largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its four teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $571 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2011.

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