During the Catholic Health Assembly, CHA will present the following five awards that recognize the remarkable contributions to Catholic health care. We hope you will be on hand for the Awards Banquet on June 8 to celebrate the 2020 honorees and the amazing work of our ministry!


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.


For boldly championing society's most vulnerable

Established in 2019, this award was created in honor of Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, for her courageous work to ensure everyone — regardless of means, race, religion or creed — has access to quality health care.

Starting in 2020, this award will be annually bestowed on someone who advances the healing mission of Jesus by valiantly advocating for a more equitable and compassionate health system. The recipient will have exhibited a deep commitment to social justice and boldly defended the most poor and vulnerable in society. The person will have demonstrated the ability to shape public opinion, influence the work of others, remain steadfast in the face of adversity and courageously champion a cause to further the common good.


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.


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.


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.