Women’s Fingerprints Are Everywhere At Saint John’s
July 01, 2013
Sister Maureen Craig, SCL
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Chaplain,
Saint John’s Health Center Foundation
We’ve all seen it on coffee cups: “If you want the job done right, ask a woman.”
There’s a lot of truth in that statement. Saint John’s Health Center is a living, breathing example of what women can do. We don’t want to shortchange men, but from its very beginnings, Saint John’s has had strong women – faithfilled women – leading the way. When the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth began building the hospital in 1939, they turned to the women of Santa Monica and the surrounding cities for ideas, ideals and plain hard work in getting funding for this hospital.
Many of the women who assisted us in those early days began family traditions of being Saint John’s people. Perhaps it’s in our nature as women, but giving care to the sick and caring for the healthy is a large part of our lives. The women in those early days had the luxury of staying home with children and devoting their time to family and good works.
Today’s woman inhabits a different world. She has a job outside the home but still shares the great responsibility of caring for her family.
The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth have always believed in empowering women to make the world a better place. We salute the women of Saint John’s: those who are in our building caring for our patients daily, those who volunteer, those who keep our building beautiful, our trustees who never let an opportunity to serve pass them by and all those women who keep us in their prayers. It is our privilege to work with you in bringing better health to our community.
We thank God for you!