Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace receive awards for century of service


More than 100 Sister Theodore Marie Society members, hospital administrators and other guests toasted Sacred Heart Medical Center’s 75th birthday on Wednesday, Dec. 7 while also paying tribute to a century of collective service by three Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. Sr. Barbara Haase, Sr. Monica Heeran and Sr. Aileen Trainor continue to play an integral role in PeaceHealth Oregon Region’s daily work and mission. Each received service awards commemorating their achievements on behalf of the Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation.

Sr. Andrea Nenzel, chair of the PeaceHealth System Governing Board, talked about the trio’s contributions during a speech detailing the chronology of PeaceHealth, remarking on Sr. Barbara’s joyful presence and business acumen, Sr. Monica’s phenomenal nursing skills and huge heart; and Sister Aileen’s love of laughter and exceptional talents as both nurse and patient liaison.

Sr. Barbara was Sacred Heart Administrator for four years and now serves as Community Access Coordinator. Sr. Monica was CEO and President of PeaceHealth and later guided the establishment of the Lane County Volunteers in Medicine clinic. Sr. Aileen was a nurse in Urology and other departments before joining the Risk Management team at Sacred Heart.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded health care institutions in small communities throughout the Pacific Northwest starting in 1891. In 1976, they consolidated the health care ministries of their Western Province by forming a not-for-profit system, Health and Hospital Services, which was renamed PeaceHealth in 1994. PeaceHealth now operates seven hospitals, medical office complexes, chemical-dependency services, home-health services, medical laboratories, and other services in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.