Sister Jane Mission Award

The Sister Jane Mission Award is a new award recognizing an employee who exemplifies the core values of compassion, stewardship and joy. All employees and physicians are eligible for this award. Given annually in May, during Hospital/Health System Week, nominations are accepted during the month of April.

  • Compassion – Seeing others through Christ’s eyes.
  • Stewardship – Appropriately managing all resources.
  • Joy – Serving with a happy heart in reflection of Christ’s love.

Winners receive $500 and his/her name engraved on a plaque displayed prominently at Saint Francis Medical Center.


Full- or part-time employee who has been employed by Saint Francis Healthcare System for two years or more. Excluded staff are executives (chiefs and vice presidents) and previous Sister Jane Mission Award winners.


Any employee may nominate any other eligible employee or physician in any department or practice/clinic who meets the award criteria (see Eligibility Criteria above). Nomination form below.

About Sister Jane

Sister Jane Kiefer joined the Franciscan sisters in Wheaton, Illinois, in November 1948, and worked in Catholic healthcare in Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri. In 1976, she returned to Southeast Missouri to start a medical social work program at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. In 1985, she transferred to Pastoral Care and served as a chaplain for 13 years. During this time, she became the sole religious sister remaining at Saint Francis. After retiring in 1998, she continued her service at the hospital as a volunteer. She is still seen at the hospital nearly every day, attending Mass in the Chapel.

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