PITTSBURG - The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) recently presented the Sheridan Award, the highest honor bestowed by the organization, to Sister Ann Meyer, CSJ in appreciation of her dedication and service to CHC/SEK and its mission.

The award was presented to Sister Ann in a surprise ceremony during a meeting of the CHC/SEK Board of Directors.

“I thought I was there to be recognized for being a ten year employee,” said Sister Ann. “When they started telling the story of Mother Sheridan and presented me with the award, I could not believe it.”

The Sheridan Award is named for Mother Mary Bernard Sheridan of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita who opened Mt. Carmel Hospital in 1903 to provide healthcare for all, regardless of income or ability to pay. It is given to someone who displays an extraordinary commitment to CHC/SEK’s mission.

“This is such a special honor,” said Sister Ann. “I am tremendously grateful.”

“Sister Ann is a remarkable person whose kindness and compassion has no bounds,” said Jason Wesco, Executive Vice-President. “She is the living embodiment of Mother Sheridan’s spirit of service and caring for others.”

Sister Ann recently celebrated her 60th anniversary of the profession of her vows as a Sister of St. Joseph and is the last member of the order currently working in Pittsburg. She works in the Medical Records department at CHC/SEK’s System Office, which is located on the very land where Mother Sheridan first brought healthcare to the region.

“CHC/SEK would not be the same without Sister Ann,” said Krista Postai, CEO. “She has been and continues to be an inspiration that connects our past, present and future.”

“I am very fortunate to be a part of CHC/SEK and continue the wonderful work Mother Sheridan started,” said Sister Ann. “It is truly a blessing.”