Nursing leaders from Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East, and Saint Joseph Jessamine enjoyed a day of learning and mission focus at Lexington Art’s Place on Nov. 10. The theme for the day was, “Bringing hope, healing, and wellness to You. Relationship and team building was an important goal for the day, as well as leadership development. Dr. Jill Cornelison, nursing faculty at Eastern Kentucky University, presented a continuing education program entitled, Quantum Leadership. Leaders next viewed a documentary about the history and heritage of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, and discussed their leadership practices, especially pioneering spirit and risk-taking.

The highlight of the day was a surprise visit and reception at the home of Jim and Martha Birchfield. The Birchfields are the current owner residents of 320 Linden Walk, site of the original Saint Joseph Hospital (1876) in Lexington. Mr. Birchfield shared the history of the home and displayed early photos and maps of the home and surrounding area, which dates back to 1855.

Three Sisters of Charity of Nazareth were at the home to meet with the leaders and express gratitude for the continuation of their legacy of caring for the sick and under-served. Each of the sisters have a deep and personal connection with Saint Joseph Hospital. Sister Dorothy McDougall, previously served as the Vice President for Mission Integration at Saint Joseph Hospital during the 80’s and early 90’s. Sister Joan Wilson previously served in the Appalachian Outreach program and has the distinction of being the last Sister of Charity to work at Saint Joseph when she retired in 2012. Sister Theresa Arru worked in the Radiology Department at Saint Joseph Hospital until 1995.

The sisters provided a special blessing and offered a prayer card with the names of three SCN sisters and nurses who have committed to be prayer partners with the nurses of KentuckyOne Health: Sisters Miriam Brown, Mary Middendorf, and Dolores Greenwell. A group photo of this historic day was captured in front of the Linden Walk home. Although we couldn’t see her, the spirit of Sister Euphrasia Stafford, the first CEO of Saint Joseph Hospital, was also with us.

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