Lifetime Achievement Award

For a lifetime of contributions to the ministry

Catholic health care in the United States has been blessed with faithful leaders whose dedication throughout their careers has built the ministry and ultimately brought care and healing to persons and communities.

CHA's Lifetime Achievement Award annually recognizes someone who has inspired and mentored numerous others in Catholic health care and whose accomplishments, over the course of a career, have strengthened the ministry. Her or his leadership extends past the Catholic health ministry to influence and impact the local community and beyond.

The recipient will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award and an honorarium at the 2020 Catholic Health Assembly in Atlanta, during the Awards Banquet on June 8. CHA will pay for travel, lodging and related expenses, as well as waive the registration fee for the recipient to attend Assembly 2020 and accept the award.

Nominees must have spent the majority of their careers in Catholic health care. Nominees must be alive and may or may not be retired. Nomination in a prior year does not preclude renomination for this or a different CHA award.

Deadline for nominations: Dec. 11, 2019

Nomination Guidelines & Entry Form

2019 RECIPIENT

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

Past Recipients

2018

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
Past President/CEO & Board Chair, SSM Health
SSM Health St. Louis

2017
John J. Finan, Jr. 
President and Chief Executive Officer, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Baton Rouge, La.
Sr. Mary Dorothea Sondgeroth, OP 
Assistant Executive Director, St. Dominic Health Services Foundation, Jackson, Miss.
Sr. Jomary Trstensky, OSF 
Chairperson, Hospital Sisters Ministries 
Springfield, Ill.

2016

Sr. Barbara Moore, CSJ
Ascension Sponsor
St. Louis

 

2015

Sr. Mary Mollison, CSA
Vice President, Spirituality and Care Transitions
Agnesian HealthCare
Fond du Lac, Wis.

 

2014

Sr. Mary Roch Rocklage, RSM
Health Ministry Liaison
Mercy
Chesterfield, Mo.

 

Sr. Mary Jean Tague, DC
Proyecto Juan Diego
Brownsville, Texas

2013

Sr. Maura Brannick, CSC
Founder, Sister Maura Brannick Health Center
Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center
Mishawaka, Ind.

Rev. Msgr. Edmund J. Klimek
Senior Priest Chaplain
Sacred Heart Hospital
Eau Claire, Wis.

2012

Msgr. Charles J. Fahey
Marie Ward Doty Professor of Aging Studies
Fordham University
Bronx, N.Y.

Sr. Kathleen Popko, SP
President
Sisters of Providence
Holyoke, Mass.

2011

Sr. Generose Gervais, OSF
Administrator/Executive Director Emeritus
Saint Marys Hospital – Mayo Clinic
President, Poverello Foundation
Rochester, Minn.

Sr. Mary Patricia Barrett, CSA
Special Assistant to the President/CEO
Sisters of Charity Health System
Cleveland

2010

Sr. Mary Frances Loftin, DC
Chairperson of the Board
Saint Thomas Health Services
Nashville, Tenn.
Board Member
St. Vincent's Health System
Birmingham, Ala.

Sr. Rita Thomas, CBS
Board Member
Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System
Suffolk, Va.

2009

Sr. Yvonne Gellise, RSM
Senior Advisor for Governance
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Ann Arbor, Mich.

2008

Sr. Monica Heeran, CSJP
Board Chair, Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
Board Member
PeaceHealth
Eugene, Ore.

2007

Sr. Mary Trinita Eddington, OP
Vice President, Community Health Services
St. Dominic Health Services
Jackson, Miss.

2006

John (Jack) W. Glaser, STD
Senior Vice President, Theology and Ethics, and
Director of the Center for Healthcare Reform
St. Joseph Health System
Orange, Calif.

2005

Daniel F. Russell
President Emeritus
Catholic Health East
Newtown Square, Pa.

2004

Sr. Mary Eileen Wilhelm, RSM
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mercy Medical
Daphne, Ala.

A "Generation of Ethicists" (six individuals):

Fr. Benedict M. Ashley, OP
Adjunct Professor
Center for Health Care Ethics
Saint Louis University and
Professor Emeritus of Moral Theology
Aquinas Institute of Theology
St. Louis

John Collins Harvey, MD, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scholar and
Professor Emeritus of Medicine
Center for Clinical Bioethics
Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, D.C.

Fr. Richard A. McCormick
Former John A. O'Brien Professor of Christian Ethics
Notre Dame University (posthumously)

Fr. Albert S. Moraczewski, OP, Ph.D., STM
President Emeritus
National Catholic Bioethics Center
Boston

Fr. Kevin D. O'Rourke, OP, JCD, STM
Professor of Bioethics
Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy
Stritch School of Medicine
Loyola University Chicago

Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD
Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics and
Senior Research Scholar
Kennedy Institute of Ethics and
Adjunct Professor of Philosophy
Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.

2003

Sr. Bernice Coreil, DC
Executive Advisor to the President
Ascension Health
St. Louis

2002

Sr. Mary Caritas Geary, SP
Advocacy Coordinator
Sisters of Providence
Holyoke, Mass.

2001

Brother Philip Kennedy, CFA
Elk Grove Village, Ill.

2000

Sr. Mary Maurita Sengelaub, RSM
Sister Trustee
Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Detroit

1999

Sr. Mary Rose McPhee, DC
Executive Director
Seton Cove
Austin, Texas