Sister Beatrice Tom, OSF, former CEO of St. Francis Healthcare System, who currently serves as President of Our Lady of Kea`au, received the inaugural St. Francis Momentum Award for Advancing Catholic Health Care in Hawaii at the annual Saint Marianne Employee Recognition Luncheon held at the Ala Moana Hotel on January 22, 2016.
Like St. Marianne, Sister Be has tenaciously advanced the healthcare ministry. She has demonstrated her adaptability, effortlessly moving onto new challenges, all while advancing Catholic health care in Hawaii.
She has faithfully followed in the footsteps of Saint Marianne Cope. Her genuine compassion for people and her relentless desire to serve God has made her more determined. Her tenacity and perseverance and grace under pressure has always been hallmarks of Sister Be.
Catholic healthcare ministry has come a long way in Hawaii. In the early days, Catholics were persecuted and reviled in Hawaii. Saint Marianne Cope and the Sisters of St. Francis changed this through their grace and humility, and have left an indelible mark in Hawaii.
Today, both the Sisters of St. Francis and lay people continue to join their hearts and minds to serve Hawaii’s people at St. Francis Healthcare System. They remain steadfast in their commitment to serving Hawaii’s people.
“We are very blessed to have individuals working alongside us in this healthcare ministry who have consistently lived these values over the years. As a result of their diligence, they have created a lasting effect, a lifetime of achievement,” said Jerry Correa, President and CEO of St. Francis Healthcare System. “Sister Be exemplifies these qualities, believes a job description or even an impressive job title are too confining and limiting for what God can do through people.”
With unwavering faith, this individual has often advised us to “leave it in the hands of the Lord” because “the Lord will provide.” St. Francis Healthcare System is fortunate to have Sister Be to lead, build and attain results though her unquestioning faith.
Congratulations, Sister Be!