UH St. John Medical Center: Focus on Mission

Robert G. David, President & CEO University Hospitals St. John Medical Center, Sr. Kendra Bottoms, SND, Director Spiritual Care, Most Rev. Bishop Roger W. Gries, OSBM, Cleveland Diocese, and Lynn Maitland, Vice President Mission and Ministry.

Over the past two years, University Hospitals St. John Medical Center has become fully owned by University Hospitals, completing a transition from its former partnership with The Sisters of Charity Health System.

As UH SJMC continues its transition to a new identity, staff and leadership gathered for a Missioning and Recommitment Ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 26, to emphasize that UH SJMC continues as a Catholic hospital with commitments to excellence in care with kindness and compassion.

The Most Reverend Bishop Roger W. Gries, OSB, of the Cleveland Diocese presided as staff gathered for a service and blessing of hands.

Bishop Gries joins with Sr. Kendra Bottoms. Marlene Oliver, RN, Palliative Care Coordinator, and Linda Owen, Manager Cardiovascular Services, in blessing the hands of UH SJMC staff Tuesday morning.

“We gather here today as members of the UH St. John Medical Center community to recommit ourselves to our Mission, which calls us in a spirit of faithfulness to the Catholic tradition and to the legacy of our founders to heal, to teach, and to discover,” said Sr. Kendra Bottoms, SND, Director, Spiritual Care, UH SJMC. Excellence, diversity, integrity, compassion, respect and teamwork are the touchstones of Mission.

As Bishop Gries prepared to bless those at the service, he said, “God works through your hands making them holy.  You have chosen to bless others with your hands in the work you do. May this be an oil of gladness to strengthen and bless you in your ministry at UH St. John Medical Center.”

After the ceremony, staff enjoyed an employee picnic during the lunch and dinner hours as leadership team members served up the summer delights.

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