Award Recipients

During the annual Catholic Health Assembly, CHA offers five awards that recognize remarkable contributions to Catholic health care. Below is a list of 2020 honorees. 


For innovative programming that changes lives

Alaska CARES' holistic treatment helps young abuse victims recover and thrive


New in 2020! - For boldly championing society's most vulnerable

Jane Graf
President and Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Housing Inc., Denver


For demonstrated creativity and breakthrough thinking

Patricia Casey
Program Coordinator, Special Needs Tracking and Awareness Response System (STARS), SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, St. Louis


For a lifetime of contributions

Johnny Cox, RN, Ph.D.
Former Sponsor, Providence St. Joseph Health, Renton, Washington and Chief Ethics Advisor, Alliance of Catholic Health Care, Sacramento, California


Honoring young people who will guide our ministry in the future

Natalie Blum
System Director, Quality and Infection Prevention, PeaceHealth, Vancouver, Washington

Lindsay Flannery
Vice President, Patient Care Services, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, South Dakota   

Wendy Gaudet
Director, Pharmacy, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana   

Morgan Griffith
Vice President, Digital Strategy and Transformation, Bon Secours Mercy Health, Cincinnati   

Karthik Iyer, MD
Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director Critical Care, Mercy Hospital Jefferson, Festus/Crystal City, Missouri   
Prub Khurana
Chief Strategy Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health, Irvine, California   

Tiffany Parker
Director, Inpatient Behavioral Health, Addiction Services and Domestic Violence Services, St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin   

Aaron Puchbauer
President and Chief Executive Officer, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, Shelbyville, Illinois   

Nathaniel Schlicher, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP
Regional Medical Director, Quality Assurance for Emergency Medicine, CHI Franciscan Health, Tacoma, Washington   

Bernardita Ureta
Vice President, Mission, Red de Salud UC CHRISTUS, Santiago, Chile   

"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.