Award Recipients


Each year at the Catholic Health Assembly, the Catholic Health Association of the United States offers four awards that recognize remarkable contributions to Catholic health care. Below are the recipients of the 2018 awards.


For innovative programming that changes lives

Morrison County Opioid Program
CHI St. Gabriel's Health


For demonstrated creativity and breakthrough thinking

Colleen Scanlon, RN, JD 
Senior Vice President and Chief Advocacy Officer
Catholic Health Initiatives
Englewood, Colo.


For a lifetime of contributions

Sr. Phyllis Hughes, RSM, DrPH
Board Member, Providence St. Joseph Health
Renton, Wash.
Former Board Chair, Catholic Health Initiatives
Englewood, Colo.

Sr. Mary Jean Ryan, FSM
Former President/CEO and Board Chair
SSM Health
St. Louis


Honoring young people who will guide our ministry in the future

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Benjamin Farber
Chief Nursing Officer
PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center 
University District
Eugene, Ore.

Matthew J. Gonzales, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer
Institute for Human Caring
Providence St. Joseph Health
Torrance, Calif.

Becket Gremmels, PhD
System Director, Ethics
Irving, Texas

Camille Grippon
Director, Ecology and Global Ministries
Bon Secours Health System, Inc. 
Marriottsville, Md.

Tara T. Haney
Vice President, Operations
Health Leaders Network
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Inc. 
Baton Rouge, La.

Michelle M. Heavens
Senior Director, Operational Excellence
Ascension Medical Group
Ascension Healthcare
St. Louis

Kyle Klosterman
Vice President, Mission and Formation 
Chesterfield, Mo.

Jameika A. Sampson
Director, Community Health and Well-Being
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
(a member of Trinity Health)

Jemi Samuel, MD
Medical Director, Hospitalist Service 
St. Vincent's Medical Center
Bridgeport, Conn.
(a member of Ascension Healthcare)

Kevin J. Tellinghuisen
Operations Administrator
Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center
Duluth, Minn.


"The Advocates"

One of the most captivating stories from Jesus' healing ministry is recorded in Luke 5:17-26. A paralytic is lowered through the roof by friends who are determined to do whatever is necessary to present him to Jesus, in the belief that Jesus will heal him. The friends are advocates for this vulnerable man. Jesus is moved by their faith and their innovation. He also recognizes that the infirmed man's greatest need is the same as everyone's — a restored relationship with his heavenly Father. Thus, he first forgives the man's sins, taking care of his spirit before healing his body.

Luke's Gospel presents a powerful lesson for our contemporary health ministry. Our faith in Jesus' healing mission and our dedication, innovation and advocacy for all those who are in need of healing mirror that of the friends of the paralytic man.

In 2009, CHA introduced a new sculpture to honor the recipients of the Achievement Citation and CHA awards. The sculpture, "The Advocates," commemorates this story of healing from Luke. It was created for the association by sculptor Clay Enoch.