A veteran communications team leader at St. Joseph’s/Candler on Wednesday was named the 25th annual James R. Lientz Humanitarian Award winner.
Vanessa Roseman, a 23-year co-worker, leads the team that runs the switchboard and makes sure all patients have interpreters and translation when they need them.
In addition, she also volunteers at the Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center and the Rape Crisis Center.
“All of this year’s nominees are impact players for St. Joseph’s/Candler, but they also show the undercurrent of humility that we saw in James Lientz,” said Paul Hinchey, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s/Candler. “Along with her everyday responsibilities, Vanessa is one of the leaders of our very important Home Ownership Program, the partnership with the City of Savannah and WellsFargo that provides down payment assistance so co-workers can go out and buy a home. So far, 18 people have been able to buy their own homes.”
The award is presented each year to a hospital system co-worker who reflects the humanitarian works of the late James R. Lientz, a former Candler Hospital Board Chairman and community activist.
This year, 75 St. Joseph’s/Candler co-workers were nominated by their peers to receive the honor. Nominations are based upon an individual’s ability to illuminate the health system’s values of compassion, quality, integrity, courtesy, accountability and teamwork.
With the award comes a $3,000 check, a cafeteria pass, a parking pass, a SJ/C watch, a massage certificate and the prestigious Lientz Pin.