-Bellingham, WA Resident Praised for Contributing to Compassionate Care and Healing Mission-
PeaceHealth, a mission-based not-for-profit healthcare system, announced today that System Director of Learning and Development Rachel Lucy has been named one of 2017's "Tomorrow's Leaders" by the Catholic Health Association (CHA). The award recognizes high-performing and dedicated young leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the mission of Catholic healthcare. A resident of Bellingham, Wash., Lucy has been with PeaceHealth for 17 years and has time and again demonstrated her commitment to compassionate care and community involvement.
Lucy, one of ten recipients to receive the award nationally in 2017, will be recognized at the annual Catholic Health Assembly conference being held June 11-13 in New Orleans. She will also be invited to participate in an exclusive leadership formation retreat where her and her fellow honorees will come face to face with senior leaders in Catholic health ministries from across the country.
"Rachel is a bright and talented young leader who inspires those around her to achieve a deeper sense of purpose in their work -- a remarkable gift in someone," said Rosanne Ponzetti, System Vice President of Mission Services. "She has a clear sense of the PeaceHealth Mission and Values, and she helps others understand their role in seeing that vision. Her passion and commitment to being fully present brings out the best in everyone with whom she connects. The impact of her influence is a gift to Catholic healthcare and our ministry."
Lucy's philosophy is to lead by example at PeaceHealth, showing others that the PeaceHealth Mission is carried on through the compassion extended to others. She oversees programs offered through the PeaceHealth Leadership Institute, where she works to foster engagement, deepen the expression of the PeaceHealth Mission and support PeaceHealth's vision for the future. Lucy facilitates programs that draw out and honor the richness of experience and unique gifts leaders and caregivers bring in service to the PeaceHealth ministry.
"I am truly honored to receive this recognition by the Catholic Health Association. I share this honor with all PeaceHealth leaders and caregivers who I've seen bring our mission to life," said Lucy. "I've been blessed with many mentors over the years who have encouraged me to bring my gifts forward in service to our ministry and follow my calling. I feel a great responsibility to carry on, illuminating the tremendous love and compassion present in our communities."
Lucy is passionate about serving the community where she was raised and where she is raising her two young daughters. For the past four years, she has served on the Whatcom County Public Health Advisory Board. She is also a champion of the local United Way chapter and previously helped facilitate PeaceHealth's Tribal Health Experience of Care Committee. Lucy is currently working on her PhD in Healthcare Leadership and Change from Antioch University, where she received a graduate degree in Organizational Psychology, and also has a Community Health degree from Western Washington University.
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit health care system with medical centers, critical access hospitals, medical group clinics and laboratories located in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, PeaceHealth has provided exceptional medicine and compassionate care to Northwest communities for more than a century. In 2012, PeaceHealth provided patient care to these communities through more than 78,000 inpatient admissions and almost 743,000 outpatient registrations, and 1.2 million patient encounters with the medical groups. PeaceHealth consistently receives national recognition for innovations in patient-centered care, patient safety, health care technology and cost efficiency.
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