Sister Anne Anderson awarded 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from Catholic Health Alliance of Canada

HAMILTON, ON – MAY, 2021 – Sister Anne Anderson, CSJ, is the 2021 recipient of the 2021 Catholic Health Alliance of Canada Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sister Anne has worked in the health care ministry for 50 years as a nurse, manager and as a hospital CEO. She has led the ministry at its highest level for 18 years as President and Board Chair of the St. Joseph’s Health System (SJHS), guiding it through its transition from being operated by the Sisters to a corporation governed by a lay board of Directors.

Working with Philanthropic donors, she also helped build the reputation of Saint Joseph’s Health System as an academic health sciences network affiliated with McMaster University with internationally recognized research.

Her accomplishments span both the health care and academic spheres. She has also held numerous leadership roles in the Faculty of Theology and Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto.

She encouraged SJHS to play a role in supporting the health services of indigenous communities, including a Dialysis Centre on the Six Nations Reserve and a partnership with the Government of Nunavut to improve safety and services for Inuit peoples. She supported the growth and development of an International Outreach Program, which today partners with McMaster University to train physicians in Guyana, Haiti and Uganda.

One nominator wrote, “Sister Anne always talks about the ‘the more.’ She often recounts to us that the Sisters were taught to stand on their tiptoes to see who needs us next. When Sister Anne handed out the legacy awards recently, she called us, all of us, ‘the new Sisters’ and encouraged us to build a new legacy.”

About St. Joseph’s Health System

St. Joseph’s Health System (SJHS) is one of the largest healthcare organizations in Canada, and is the only system in Ontario delivering a full continuum of health care services. SJHS is a globally recognized leader for innovation in models of patient-centred integrated care. SJHS has a unique partnership with Niagara Health to leverage each organization’s strengths to bring better care to the people in the communities we serve.

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Patrick Moore
Senior Public Affairs Specialist, St. Joseph’s Health System
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