Emory Saint Joseph's Celebrates 35th Anniversary of the McAuley Awards
By Mary Beth Spence | June 30, 2014
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Mary Beth Spence
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Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital recently celebrated the 35th Anniversary of the McAuley Awards, named for Mother Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy. In 1880, four Sisters of Mercy traveled from Savannah to establish Emory Saint Joseph’s, Atlanta’s first hospital.
The McAuley Award exemplifies Catherine McAuley’s life, healing ministry and legacy of compassionate care. This is the foundation of Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, and not only do the Sisters of Mercy further her mission, but employees are also committed to the spirit of providing compassionate care to those in need.
The Mother McAuley Award, one of Emory Saint Joseph’s most enduring and meaningful traditions, was established in 1979 by Atlanta psychiatrist Ed Uzee, MD, because he was so grateful for the care provided by the three nurses who saved his son’s life.
Since that time, more than 420 employees have received this honor, and the hospital hosts a ceremony each month recognizing and celebrating an employee with this award. Currently, more than 50 previous McAuley Award winners work at Emory Saint Joseph’s.
During the recent milestone celebration, nearly 100 past recipients in attendance were recognized for their contributions and touching the lives of many. Previous McAuley Award winners participated in the ceremony by presenting a reflection, a musical performance and also reading comments about the current award recipient.