Assembly 2018, San Diego | June 10-12



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. 


For innovative programming that changes lives

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 is 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 recipient program is selected because it inspires the sponsoring organization, the people it serves and the broader community and beyond. The program is available for replication within CHA's membership.

CHI St. Gabriel's Health - Morrison County Opioid Program


For demonstrated creativity and breakthrough thinking

This award shines the spotlight on trailblazing leaders who demonstrate an understanding of ministry identity rooted in the church and an approach to health care that emphasizes collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches. The award draws critical attention to the innovative ideas and achievements by which these leaders have taken Catholic health care in new directions.

Colleen Scanlon, RN, JD 

Senior Vice President and Chief Advocacy Officer
Catholic Health Initiatives
Englewood, Colo.


For a lifetime of contributions

This award is conferred each year upon an acknowledged leader of the health ministry who has inspired and mentored numerous others. The individual's leadership extends past the Catholic health ministry to influence and impact the local community and beyond.

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

The Catholic health ministry of tomorrow will depend on strong leadership and passionate commitment to the healing mission. Encouraging the promising young leaders of today to continue their careers in the ministry, CHA's Tomorrow's Leaders program each year honors an impressive cadre of dedicated, high-performing individuals who already have demonstrated commitment to advancing the mission of Catholic health care.

Learn more about the 2018 Tomorrow's Leaders

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.