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Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Nueva Esperanza Community Credit Union to receive Nuestra Familia Awards

COLUMBUS, Sept. 5, 2019: Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Nueva Esperanza Community Credit Union are being awarded the 2019 Nuestra Familia Award by the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, a.k.a. Ohio Latino Affairs Commission. The award is given every year to non-Latino leaders or organizations “performing service of exceptional benefit to Latino Ohioans.”

The Nuestra Familia Award acknowledges non-Latino individuals, organizations, and businesses who are making a difference through their inclusion efforts to improve the lives of Latinos and help them integrate to the communities where they live. 

 “We’re thrilled to be recognized by the Commission in this way and proud of our partnership with the Latino community,” said Gilda Begly, Nationwide Children’s Global Patient Services coordinator and chair of the hospital’s Latino employees’ group. “The Hospital’s leadership understands the importance of diversity and inclusion and we practice it in patient care as well as with our fellow employees. It makes our care better and makes Nationwide Children’s Hospital a better place to work and it’s rewarding to see these efforts acknowledged.”


Since Nationwide Children’s founding more than 100 years ago, the hospital has operated with the understanding that each family, patient and employee is essential to its success and each individual deserves equal treatment, opportunity and care.


In addition to practicing an inclusive approach to patient service, Nationwide Children’s is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that works inclusively. The hospital supports employee resource groups such as HOLA - Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Achievement. The members of HOLA and other resource groups are ambassadors to the broader communities through referrals, advocacy, education and care.


“Inclusion brings together a kaleidoscope of individuals who work collectively to achieve best outcomes,” Ms. Begly said. “Embracing the strength and value of our Hispanic employees will ultimately provide optimal care for the entire Hispanic community. Nationwide Children’s Hospital understands this and actively pursues it every day.”


Nationwide Children’s supports Latino Ohioans through their service to patients, employees and the community. Employees have contributed their time and talent with groups such as Our Lady of Guadalupe, Ronald McDonald House, and Festival Latino as well as participating in the first Human Trafficking forum in Spanish in the Columbus area.


TOLEDO: Nueva Esperanza Community Credit Union and its president/CEO Sue Cuevas will receive the award in recognition of its status as the only Latino-focused credit union in Ohio and just the third to be established in the U.S.


The member-owned financial institution was first chartered in 2010 as a start-up credit union with fewer than ten members, a number that stands at more than 500. Nueva Esperanza provides financial services and education to the unbanked and underserved in the South Toledo area, including the undocumented who are eligible to work under an individual taxpayer ID number.


Nueva Esperanza has developed financial literacy programs that have helped Latinos establish credit and have resulted in state and national recognition from The Ohio Credit Union League and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). While serving the unbanked and underserved, Nueva Esperanza has built a financial portfolio of $2 million in assets, $1.8 million in loans, with just a .02% delinquency ratio.


Ticket information is forthcoming. For more information, contact Lair Marin at OCHLA either by email at lair.marin@ohio.gov or by calling 614.728.8344. More information can be found online at https://ochla.ohio.gov/Events-Calendar/OCHLA-Annual-Events/DHO-Awards-Gala


Both awards will be presented Saturday, Oct. 26, at an evening gala, 6 to 10 p.m., to be held in the Governor’s Ballroom at the Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square, 75 E. State St., Columbus.


On the Internet: www.NationwideChildrens.org.




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