On March 30, PA Catholic Health Association President Sr. Clare Christi Schiefer, O.S.F., was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by Central Penn Parent.
During the award presentation, Sr. Clare’s contributions to health care, first as a nurse and later as a public policy advocate, were recounted, “When you consider that the model of Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which Sister Clare helped to shape and pass, became a national model, the number of lives she has improved is probably in the millions. That is a stunning accomplishment.”
According to Central Penn Parent Magazine, the annual Healthcare Hero ceremony is held “to salute excellence, encourage innovation, offer examples of best practices for others to emulate, raise awareness in the community, enhance the quality of health care and, of course, recognize deserving individuals and organizations within the industry.”
When asked about her personal mantra, Sr. Clare said “I am committed to work to provide compassionate, quality health care, for all persons, which focuses on treating the whole person – not just the physical problems, but also their social, emotional and spiritual needs.”