The Sister Jane Mission Award recognizes colleagues who exemplify these core values:
- Compassion: Seeing others through Christ’s eyes.
- Stewardship: Appropriately managing all resources.
- Joy: Serving with a happy heart in reflection of Christ’s love.
- Integrity: Doing what is right and just.
- Faith: Trusting in something unseen.
- Hope: What we give to those in despair.
- Excellence: Constantly striving for best-in-nation performance.
- Dignity: Respecting human life from beginning to end.
The award is presented annually in October, during the Feast of Saint Francis. Nominations are accepted during the month of July.
Any full- or part-time colleague who has been employed by Saint Francis Healthcare System for two years or more is eligible to receive the award. Excluded staff are executives (chiefs and vice presidents) and previous Sister Jane Mission Award winners.
Any colleague may nominate any other eligible colleague in any department or practice/clinic who meets the award criteria (see Eligibility above). To nominate a colleague, use the nomination form below.
About Sister Jane
Saint Francis Healthcare System honors Sister Jane Kiefer for her more than 40 years of service to the organization. She retired to the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters Motherhouse in Wheaton, Illinois.
Sister Jane joined the Franciscan Sisters in Wheaton, Illinois, in November 1948, and worked in Catholic healthcare in Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri. In 1976, she implemented the Medical Social Work Program at Saint Francis. At the time, this type of program did not exist in the area and was an extraordinary way to advocate for patients. Sister Jane has always felt that it was most important to lead by example, which she has done by following the Catholic faith and being a pioneer in her field.
In 1985, she transferred to Pastoral Care and served as a chaplain for 13 years. After retiring in 1998, she continued her service at the Medical Center as a volunteer. For years, she was on-site every single day. “Sister Jane is the epitome of the Mission of Saint Francis Healthcare System,” said
Maryann Reese, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Francis Healthcare System. “For more than four decades, Sister Jane ministered to the patients, colleagues and families of our Healthcare System. We thank her for her love, dedicated service and example she has set for all of us to follow.”
Sister Jane received the Baumstark award in 1997 from the Saint Francis Auxiliary for her work as a chaplain and volunteer. This award is presented in recognition of a Saint Francis volunteer who gives his or her time unceasingly and generously to Saint Francis patients.
On May 19, 2018, Sister Jane celebrated 70 years as a Franciscan Sister and Saint Francis hosted her 70th Jubilee Celebration. Sister Jane was nominated for the 2019 Women of Achievement Award from the Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau. Saint Francis Healthcare System also created an award in her honor that is given annually to a colleague who epitomizes the Mission and ministry of Saint Francis. Sister Jane continues to leave a legacy of her work at Saint Francis.
- 2019: Pam Kimbel
- 2018: Charity Worley