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 is a list of 2019 honorees.


For innovative programming that changes lives

Trinity's health care outreach to the homeless can lead to housing too

Trinity Health Street Medicine Programs


For demonstrated creativity and breakthrough thinking

Holly Austin Gibbs
Director, Human Trafficking Response Program
Dignity Health, San Francisco, a member of CommonSpirit Health


For a lifetime of contributions

Fr. Francis G. Morrisey, OMI, Ph.D., JCD 
Professor Emeritus of Canon Law Saint Paul University
Ottawa, Canada


Honoring young people who will guide our ministry in the future

Tiffany Capeles, Director, Health Equity, CHRISTUS Health, Irving, Texas

W. Carson Felkel, II, MD, Lead Physician, Behavioral Health Program, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Greenville, S.C.

Jenna K. Floberg, Executive Director, Villa Loretto Nursing Home and Villa Rosa Assisted Living, Mt. Calvary, Wis., a member of SSM Health

Sunny Lay, Director, Nursing Operations, St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor, Wash., a member of CHI Franciscan Health/CommonSpirit Health

Bryan Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Lafayette, La., a member of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

Abby Lowe McNeil, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, CHRISTUS Health, Irving, Texas

Cody McSellers-McCray, Regional Director, Community Health, AMITA Health, Chicago, a member of Ascension

Scott O'Brien, Chief Operating Officer, Washington- Montana Region, Providence St. Joseph Health, Spokane, Wash.

Peter Powers, Chief Executive Officer, St. Anthony Hospital, Lakewood, Colo., a member of Centura Health/ CommonSpirit Health

Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health, Renton, Wash.

Heather Wall, Chief Nursing Officer, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, Springfield, Ore.

"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.