Here is the speech that Jane Schneider, our 2018 winner, gave when announcing Linda.

Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy

O divine master grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to eternal life
Amen

The presentation of the annual Francis Award is a long-standing tradition at CHI St. Gabriel’s Health which celebrates our Franciscan Heritage.  It is the highest honor awarded by our organization to an individual who demonstrates our Mission, Vision, Values and Behavior Standards and who willingly serves beyond the call of duty, with hearts and hands and embodies the spirts and ideals of St. Francis of Assisi.

All of our nominees honored today truly display these characteristics through their work in our organization.  Simply put, they are some of the best and our organization could not live out the mission entrusted to us from our founders, the Franciscan sisters, without them. Today only brief examples were shared of their spirit of servitude but if you followed them around for a day you would see daily examples of why these nominees are some of the best in our organization.

Our winner this year has dedicated their life to taking care of the sick, the poor and the vulnerable. Their compassion goes far beyond what we see here at CHI St. Gabriel’s Health.  It flows into our community and beyond.

During their tenure here at St. Gabriel’s Hospital, they have helped train in many new employees.  I was lucky enough to be one of them. My first night here was crazy and I wasn’t sure if I was cut out for the job.  Our winner, helped change all that for me.
Our first night together we had 3 young brothers come in via police.  All were very intoxicated.  The youngest was nearly unresponsive and the oldest was very belligerent.  He was refusing to leave a urine sample.  The clean version of what he said was that he would pee his pants before peeing in a cup for us.  And that’s exactly what he started doing.  Our winner, being the quick thinker that she is, found a way to still collect the urine.  You should have seen her in action!

She has been our stroke coordinator for the past two years.  In her nomination, she was recognized for all her work for our last stroke visit.

During this visit, she presented all the material in a thorough and collaborative way.  She displayed excellence in not only her work on the program but in the preparation for it and the care given to the presentation.  She also saw a need in the community where community members didn’t know enough about the warning signs for a stroke and she took the initiative to set up a class to teach the community about the warning signs of a stroke and as a result has helped to save countless lives.

She extends her care for the sick, poor and the vulnerable to places around the globe as her and her husband have gone on multiple trips to Guatemala and in doing so has changed the lives for those around the world.

In all her actions, she truly embodies and carries forward the mission of the Franciscan sisters.  Every day she allows the Spirit of God to work within her and CHI St. Gabriel’s Health, our community and the world are a better place because Linda is in it.

Congratulations to our 2019 Francis Award winner, Linda Lippert!

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