Sister Agnelle Ching, OSF, Chief Sponsorship Officer and former Chief Executive Officer of St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii, received the prestigious Sister Mary Concilia Moran Award for innovative leadership at the 2012 Catholic Health Assembly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in June.
The award has been presented to a leader in Catholic health care who has demonstrated creativity and breakthrough thinking that advances the ministry. Sister Agnelle Ching is the first one from Hawaii to receive this award. “As with St. Marianne Cope who came to the Islands to serve those who were afflictedwith Hansen’s disease nearly 130 years ago, we simply bring a heart that hungers to serve God,” said Sister Agnelle Ching in her acceptance speech. “When we see the needs of people through God’s eyes, He always provides a way for us to meet those needs. He is the ultimate innovator. it is in meeting those needs that we can see the compassion and creativity of God at work.”
Sister Agnelle Ching, who has been a Sister of St. Francis for more than 50 years, currently serves as Chief Sponsorship Officer for St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii, after serving in other executive roles with St. Francis Healthcare System for a total of 14 years. Since January 2012, Sister Agnelle has been responsible for sponsorship initiatives, which include Mission Services, The St. Francis International Center for Healthcare Ethics, Continuing Medical Education and Physician Credentialing, Spiritual Services, and the St. Francis Healthy Lifestyles Program (HeLP).
Previously, Sister Agnelle Ching served asChief Executive Officer of St. Francis Healthcare System, a position she held since September 2005. It was a critical time when the System was planning the divestiture of St. Francis Medical Center in Liliha and St. Francis Medical Center-West to Hawaii Medical Center. Under her leadership, St. Francis began to chart a new direction and Sister Agnelle was instrumental in developing a 20-year vision for the healthcare system.
She initiated St. Francis Palliative Care to provide care and pain management for those with chronic diseases; introduced telehealth monitoring for home health patients on Oahu and Kauai; oversaw the development of Franciscan Vistas Ewa, a $40 million senior independent living community that combines affordable housing with health and wellness amenities; and oversaw a $1 million investment in an electronic medical record system for both St. Francis Hospice and St. Francis Home Care Services; and facilitated a number of “green” initiatives that are consistent with the values of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology.
Sister Agnelle also oversaw a $3.2 dollar modernization of St. Francis Hospice’s two freestanding inpatient hospice facilities in Nuuanu and Ewa. During her leadership, hospice census tripled, solidifying St. Francis Hospice’s market position as the largest hospice provider in the state.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Sister Agnelle received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York; master’s degree in religious education from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and professional diploma in administration and supervision from Fordham University in New York.
As part of her recognition, Sister Agnelle Ching received an honorarium, which she will donate to Marae Ha`a Koa, an aquaponics program that is supported by St. Francis Healthy Lifestyles Program to meet the health and nutritional needs of families in Waianae.