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Veteran St. Joseph’s nurse named McAuley Award winner

A veteran nurse at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System today was named the 24th annual Catherine McAuley Award winner for her 29-year dedication to her patients and the system’s mission.

Sandra Arbery-Reed currently works in the pulmonary diagnostics unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital where she commutes from Townsend each day.

In addition to her work at the hospital, she is pastor of Must Be Born Again Outreach Ministry where she often cooks for the hungry, collects and gives away clothing for the needy and conducts Bible studies commutes from Townsend each day.

Every Sunday, she gets up at 5 a.m. and cooks breakfast for the disabled people in her neighborhood, and by 7 a.m. she is leaving her home to take the 1-1/2-hour drive to go to Baxley to preach at her church.

“One of the major highlights of my job each year is honoring the nominees of our Lientz and McAuley awards because it’s these coworkers who exhibit our mission and values and are perfect examples of what we stand for as a health provider,” said Paul P. Hinchey, president/CEO at St. Joseph’s/Candler.

“Not only are this year’s nominees great examples of our values, they truly represent a commitment that goes above and beyond patient expectations.”

Added one co-worker, “She is always willing to help out someone in need, without looking for anything in return.

“She consistently gets glowing reviews from our patients and family members. She shows concern not only for the patient, but the family as well.”

This year, 85 St. Joseph’s/Candler co-workers were nominated by their peers to receive the distinguished honor. Nominations are based upon an individual’s ability to illuminate the health system values of compassion, quality, integrity, courtesy, accountability and teamwork.

As the 2017 Catherine McAuley Award winner, Arbery-Reed’s name will appear on the bronze McAuley plaque displayed in the lobbies of St. Joseph’s and Candler hospitals. She will receive a $3,000 honorarium, a one-year free parking pass in the location of her choice, a one-month cafeteria meal pass, a gift certificate for massages at the Center for WellBeing, a St. Joseph’s/Candler watch and the McAuley pin.

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