Daughters of Charity Honored with Healthcare Heroes Award

Jen Dial

Healthcare Heroes AwardINDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Business Journal's (IBJ) Healthcare Heroes Award recognized the Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise, with an award for Community Achievement in Healthcare. For 133 years, the Daughters of Charity have served St.Vincent and the community.

On April 26, 1881, the first four Daughters of Charity came to Indianapolis. Bishop Francis Silas Chatard gave them $50 to begin their Mission, which was to convert an abandoned seminary into a hospital. Since then, more than 300 Daughters of Charity have come to Indianapolis to continue the Mission of St. Vincent de Paul. In the hospital's first 105 years of existence, 13 Daughters of Charity served as administrator.

"Since the first four Daughters of Charity arrived in Indianapolis to open the St.Vincent's Infirmary, they have selflessly served the people of Indiana," said Ron Mead, chief mission integration officer at St.Vincent Health. "Today, the six daughters continue that service in a variety of ways, and we celebrate their presence and contributions until the time they receive their new mission assignments."

The Daughters of Charity recently announced are leaving the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana. Over the next several months, the Daughters of Charity serving St.Vincent - Sister Mary Kay Tyrell, D.C.; Sister Louise Busby, D.C.; Sister Rita Joyce DiNardo, D.C.; Sister Mary Satala, D.C.; Sister Mary Powers, D.C.; and Sister Cecilia Ann West, D.C., - will continue their process of transitioning to serve in ministries located in other areas of the country where needs are the greatest.  

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About St.Vincent Health
St.Vincent Health is a nonprofit, spiritually-centered health system, sponsored by Ascension Health of St. Louis, MO, the nation’s largest Catholic health system. St.Vincent Health is one of Indiana’s largest employers with 22 health ministries serving 57 counties in Central and Southern Indiana. The health ministry includes St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital; Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent; St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana; St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast; St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo; St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital; St.Vincent Carmel Hospital; St.Vincent Women’s Hospital; St.Vincent Clay Hospital in Brazil; St.Vincent Frankfort Hospital; St.Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon; St.Vincent Mercy Hospital in Elwood; St.Vincent New Hope; St.Vincent Randolph Hospital in Winchester; St.Vincent Stress Center; St.Vincent Salem Hospital; St.Vincent Williamsport Hospital; St.Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital in Indianapolis and Lafayette; and St. Mary’s Health System in Evansville. .