Achievement Citation

For innovative programming that changes lives

Motivated by Christ's call to care for those who are poor, suffering and vulnerable, Catholic health care organizations respond with innovative approaches to the needs of people within and beyond their communities.

Each year, CHA's Achievement Citation recognizes an outstanding program or service that exemplifies the ministry's commitment to carry on Jesus' mission of compassion and healing. The Achievement Citation will be given to a CHA-member organization that is the creator and lead sponsor or partner in an original, bold, innovative program that delivers measurable results for the community served. The program will be selected because it is inspirational for the sponsoring organization, the people it serves, the community and beyond, and it will be available for replication within CHA's membership.

The outstanding program honored with the 2020 Achievement Citation will receive a $10,000 contribution to help further its exceptional work. CHA will produce a brief video documentary about the program to be shown at the 2020 Catholic Health Assembly in Atlanta, during the Awards Banquet on June 8. Also, CHA will pay travel, lodging and related expenses, as well as waive the registration fee for one representative from the recipient organization to attend Assembly 2020 and accept the award.

Any CHA-member organization is eligible to nominate a program, project or service. Persons are not eligible to be nominees. Nominated programs must have been in existence for at least two years by July 1, 2019. Nomination in a prior year does not preclude renomination for this award.

Deadline for nominations: Dec. 11, 2019

Nomination Guidelines & Entry Form

2019 Recipient

For innovative programming that changes lives
Trinity Street Medicine Programs
Trinity Health

Past Recipients 

Morrison County Opioid Program
CHI St. Gabriel's Health
Little Falls, Minn.

LIGHT Program
Avera Health
Sioux Falls, S.D.

Watch the 2017 Achievement Citation Award Video


Transitional Respite Care for the Homeless Program
Providence Health Care
Spokane, Wash.

Watch the 2016 Achievement Citation Award Video


Beyond the Walls
Dignity Health Mercy and Memorial Hospitals
Bakersfield, Calif.

Watch the 2015 Achievement Citation Award Video


Dispensary of Hope
St. Thomas Health
Nashville, Tenn.

Watch the 2014 Achievement Citation Award Video


The Farm at St. Joe's
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Watch the 2013 Achievement Citation Award Video


I Sing the Body Electric
Provena United Samaritans Medical Center
Danville, Ill.

Watch the 2012 Achievement Citation Award Video


St. Vincent Health "Special Talents to Achieve and Rise (Star)" Program
St. Vincent Health

Watch the 2011 Achievement Citation Award Video


Franciscan Hospice & Palliative Care of Tacoma
Franciscan Health System
Tacoma, Wash.

Watch the 2010 Achievement Citation Award Video


Mercy Perinatal Recovery Network
Mercy San Juan Medical Center
Sacramento, Calif.

Watch the 2009 Achievement Citation Award Video


St. Mary's Nutrition Center of Maine
St. Mary's Health System
Lewiston, Maine

Jeremiah's Hope Skills Center
St. Vincent's Health System
Birmingham, Ala.
Healthy Learners
Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System
Healthy Hot Shots
Mount Carmel Health System
Columbus, Ohio
St. Mary's Community Center
Savannah, Ga.
La Casa de Maria Inmaculada
Lawrence, Mass.


  North Orange County Long Term Care Partnership
Fullerton, Calif.
San Jose Mission
Hillsborough County, Fla.
St. Francis Career College
St. Francis Medical Center
Lynwood, Calif.
Family Resource Center
Mt. Carmel Medical Center
Pittsburg, Kan.
Cherry-Bancroft-Summit Corridors Coalition
St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Partners
Toledo, Ohio
Kids Program
St. Bernards Regional Medical Center
Jonesboro, Ark.
  Latino Health Promoter Program
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
Mission Hills, Calif.
Congregational Healthcare (Parish Nurse)
Saint Francis Medical Center of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, Calif.
  Northwood School-Based Health Center
St. Frances Cabrini Hospital
Alexandria, La.
Mercy Mobile Health Care
Saint Joseph's Health System
  Violence Prevention Program
Holy Cross Medical Center
Mission Hills, Calif.
Domestic Violence Task Force
Sacred Heart Medical Center
Spokane, Wash.
  Neighborhood Mobile Clinic "Project Mothercare"
Hospital of Saint Raphael
New Haven, Conn.
Archbishop's Commission on Community Health
The Archdiocese of St. Louis
St. Louis
Sexual Assault Center
Providence Hospital
Everett, Wash.
  Operation Safety Net
The Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Comprehensive AIDs Resource Education Program (C.A.R.E.)
St. Mary Medical Center
Long Beach, Calif.
Indochinese Psychiatric Clinic
St. Elizabeth's Hospital of Boston
Brighton, Mass.
  Drueding Center - Project Rainbow
Holy Redeemer Health System
St. Elizabeth Health Center
Gould, Ark.
SCL Health Services Corporation Clinics
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health Services Corporation
Leavenworth, Kan.
  Catholic Charities Physician Referral Service
Catholic Charities of Chicago and Alexian Brothers Health System
Rolling Meadows, Ill.
Clark Street House of Mercy
Mercy Foundation
Des Moines, Iowa
Infant Mortality Project
Michigan Catholic Systems Leadership
Farmington Hills, Mich.
  Appalachian Outreach Program
Saint Joseph Hospital
Lexington, Ky.
The Bridge
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
Camden, N.J.
  Sisters Care
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
St. Paul, Minn.
A Commitment Continued: Centro San Vicente
Daughters of Charity-West Central Region
El Paso, Texas
Catherine Kasper Center
East St. Louis, Ill.
  Parish Nurse Ministry
Columbus-Cabrini Medical Center
Church Program
Mercy Catholic Medical Center
Darby, Pa.
  International Center for Skeletal Dysplasia
St Joseph Hospital
Towson, Md.
RISEN Program (Re-Investing Spirituality & Ethics in Nursing)
Catholic Health Association of Wisconsin
Madison, Wis.
  Healthy Moms & Babes
Program for the Medically Underserved
Supportive Care Program for Individuals with AIDs
St. Vincent's Hospital & Medical Center
New York, N.Y.
  Project Magic
Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital
Inglewood, Calif.
Traditional Indian Medicine's Role in the Carondelet Health System
St. Mary's Hospital & Health Center
Tucson, Ariz.
Rosary Hall Program
St. Vincent Charity Hospital & Health Center
  The Kids on the Block
St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary
Galesburg, Ill.
Dwelling Place
Franciscan Sisters of Allegany
Allegany, N.Y.
  Mental Health Services for Hearing Impaired Persons
St. John's Hospital and Health Center
Santa Monica, Calif.
The Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Program
Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital
  Child Abuse Management/Sexual Abuse Management Team
Cardinal Glennon Memorial Hospital
St. Louis
International Health Program
Sisters of Mercy Health Corporation
Farmington Hills, Mich.
  Catholic Health Corporation
Sisters of Mercy, Province of Omaha
Omaha, Neb.
Kids Group
St. Anthony's Medical Center
St. Louis
  Amelia Health Care Center
St. Mary's Hospital
Richmond, Va.
Indian Health Service Maternal/Child Outreach Clinics
Sacred Heart Hospital, et. al.
Yankton, S.D.
  Regional Health Information Center
Hospital of Saint Raphael
New Haven, Conn.
SHARE Program
St. John's Hospital
Springfield, Ill.
  Lay Ministry to the Sick & Aging
St. Benedict Hospital & Nursing Home
San Antonio
Years of Change: A Sensitive Look at Growing Up
Saint Anthony's Hospital
Alton, Ill.
  Dutchess County Crime Victims Assistance Program
St. Francis Hospital
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Tensas Rural Clinic
Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
  Georgetown Volunteer Medical Team
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, D.C.
La Casa de los Ninos Crisis Nursery
Tucson, Ariz.
  Institute of Renal Diseases
St. Francis Hospital
Teenage Pregnancy Program
St. Margaret's Hospital for Women
Family Health Associates
St. Mary's Hospital
Rochester, N.Y.
  Hospital Without Walls
St. Francis Hospital
LaCrosse, Wis.
Saint Ann Foundation
Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine
Corporate Office of Medical-Morals
Sisters of Providence
Seattle, Wash.
  Center for Life
Providence Hospital
Washington, D.C.
Project Help
Holy Rosary Hospital
Miles City, Mont.
Post-Earthquake Rebuilding Project
Holy Cross Hospital
San Fernando, Calif.
  Guatemalan Earthquake Relief Project
Holy Cross Hospital
Salt Lake City
Teenage Education & Care Service Project
St. Margaret's Hospital
  Hospice Program
Calvary Hospital
Bronx, N.Y.
Mental Health Center
Good Samaritan Hospital & Health Center
Dayton, Ohio
  East Coast Migrant Health Project
Washington, D.C.
Mercy Hospital, Inc.
Mercy Southern Health Center
  O'Connor Hospital
San Jose, Calif.
Oncology Unit
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
Binghamton, N.Y.
  Catholic Hospital Program
Hospitals Srs, Third Order of St Francis
Springfield, Ill.
Pastoral Care Program
St. Joseph Hospital
Staff E/R Program
St. Therese Hospital
Waukegan, Ill.
  City Doctor Program
Columbus-Cuneo-Cabrini Medical Center
St. Joseph's Hospital
Marshfield, Wis.
  Minority Community Service
St. Bernard Hospital