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Our Lady of Lourdes Names Sister Elizabeth Corry Award Winner

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Pictured is Alexander J. Hatala, President and CEO of Lourdes Health System, presenting Nona Dawson-Land with Lourdes’ 2014 Sister M. Elizabeth Corry, OSF Award.

Lourdes Employee Honored for Dedication to Mission, Values

Lourdes Health System employee and Winslow Township resident Nona Dawson-Land, MSW, LSW, CSSW, CGT, has been selected as the recipient of Lourdes’ prestigious 2014 Sister M. Elizabeth Corry, OSF Award. The annual award is the highest honor bestowed upon a Lourdes Health System employee.

Dawson-Land, liver transplant specialist and social worker at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, was among 29 employees from throughout the health system nominated for demonstrating the core value of “Reverence.”

Alexander J. Hatala, Lourdes Health System President and CEO, said all of the nominees play an important role in defining the organization and carrying Lourdes’ mission forward. “You don’t always realize how much of a difference you make,” Hatala told nominees at the awards ceremony. He continued, “It’s our mission. It’s who we are, the legacy we want to continue.”

Guest speaker Sister Avril Chin Fatt, OSF, said to all the 29 nominees, “Reverence is based in the knowledge of the sacredness of each human being, since each is created in the image and likeness of God. We honor the sacredness of all individuals, regardless of position, income, education, status, race, religion or ethnicity. You have an opportunity to do this each day as patients and Lourdes colleagues come from diverse backgrounds and thus greatly enrich your healing ministry.

“Reverence is in the DNA of this institution and its associates,” she added. “You feel the mission and the values coming through.”

Dawson-Land’s nomination noted her reverence through the compassionate care she gives to patients each day. Her nomination letter listed one such example. “One day, Nona received a call from one of her many liver transplant patients. He wanted to meet with her, but wouldn’t say why, so they agreed to meet at a nearby Lourdes location. It turned out, the patient wanted Nona to help plan his funeral. The man feared he would die before receiving a transplant and did not want to burden his wife with making the arrangements. When the patient passed away, his family was extremely grateful for Dawson-Land’s kindness and caring.”

Dawson-Land was also noted for starting a liver transplant support group and championing liver disease awareness at the Philadelphia Liver Disease Walk.

“Some patients who are in need of a liver transplant have a history of drug and alcohol abuse, which has negatively impacted their health,” read her nomination. “Many do not believe in their own dignity and worth. Nona shows respect and helps all her patients see their own dignity.”

Dawson-Land, who began at Lourdes in 1987, tearfully thanked the transplant team and the other nominees. “There is no I in team,” she said. “This award is for all of us. I’m proud to say I work at Lourdes and to be a part of this team who does all we can to help our patients.”

The award is named after Sister M. Elizabeth Corry, OSF, who served as president of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center from 1969 to 1983 and 1987 to 1995. Under her guidance and leadership, Lourdes initiated many of the services which the medical center is known for today, including cardiology, organ transplantation, acute physical rehabilitation and high-risk maternity care. In 1995, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center became the only hospital in the tri-state area (New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware) ever to have been given the American Hospital Association’s Foster McGaw award for excellence in community service.



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