Rockville Centre, NY – Former Vice Chair of Catholic Health Services (CHS) Board of Directors Sister Elaine Callahan was recently presented with the 2014 Trustee Leadership and Advocacy Award by Healthcare Trustees of New York State (HTNYS), an affiliate of the Healthcare Association of New York State. Sr. Elaine received the honor from HTNYS in recognition of her extraordinary contributions as a member of the CHS system board where she served for 16 years only retiring this April.

“This award is a powerful recognition of the singular leverage attained by a single consecrated life in bettering the circumstances of the sick and broken among the people of God in a world of moral and ethical challenges,” said CHS Board of Directors Chairman Richard J.J. Sullivan, Jr.

Instrumental in bringing the system together and responsible in large measure for incorporating its Continuing Care Division, Sr. Elaine served as a guiding force on the CHS board. At the time of the system’s formulation, she was vice president at Our Lady of Consolation Nursing Home in West Islip, a member of CHS. Thanks to her oversight, CHS developed a strong continuum of care encompassing nursing homes, hospice, a regional home nursing service and a multiservice, community-based agency for persons with special needs.

A challenger of social injustice, Sister values and respects each and every person. This is what made her successful as she helped establish the CHS, St. Catherine and St. Joseph hospital boards. Her strong faith served as a guiding light throughout the organization. She has been described by colleagues as having the ability to get to the heart of any situation and determine an appropriate course of action. Sister Elaine has been both inclusive and decisive in her actions as a trustee, giving board members and staff confidence in her abilities and judgment.

Photo caption: Sister Elaine Callahan, former vice chair of Catholic Health Services Board of Directors was recently presented with the 2014 Trustee Leadership and Advocacy Award by Healthcare Trustees of New York State, an affiliate of the Healthcare Association of New York State.