Tribute to Sister Elizabeth Van Straten, RHSJ
Sister Elizabeth Van Straten, RHSJ, President and CEO of St. Bernard's Hospital Chicago
, has received recognition from the US House of Representatives and the City of Chicago.
High Professional Standars
Sister Elizabeth Van Straten, RHSJ, has been President and CEO of St. Bernard Hospital for more than 34 years. Located in the South Side of Chicago, St. Bernard serves the very poor, many of whom have no health insurance whatsoever.
During her tenure the hospital has received many awards, including:
■ The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval;
■ HealthGrades 2011 Emergency Medicine Excellence Award;
■ HealthGrades Five-Star rating for cardiac care pulmonary care and critical care.
The hospital also spearheaded the construction of Bernard Place
, a 70 unit affordable housing development project, featuring three bedroom individual family dwellings, which transformed the vacant properties around the hospital.
On November 27, 2012, the Congressman Bobby L. Rush
of the House of Representatives, paid tribute to the compassionate service and astute leadership of Sister Elisabeth Van Straten, a member of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph:
Sister Van Straten has met and overcome major challenges in keeping St. Bernard Hospital open, even as three other neighborhood hospitals have closed. In addition to keeping open its doors, under Sister Van Straten's leadership. St. Bernard has become the largest employer in the Englewood community and a leading national provider of emergency medical services, dental services and prenatal care services, just to name a few.
(CapitalWords, Vol. 158, Number 149, pp. e1810, Tues, Nov. 2, 2012
Mayor Rahm Emmanuel Chicago also honoured the committed service of Sister Elizabeth Van Straten by naming November 28, 2012, Sister Elizabeth Van Straten Day.
Sister Elizabeth will retire on January 1, 2013.