PITTSBURG — Sister Ann Meyer received the highest honor bestowed by the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas — the Sheridan Award.

Sister Ann works part time at CHC/SEK as a medical records scanner. Four days a week she volunteers at nursing homes. She also visits people at the Knights of Columbus Towers and volunteers at The Lord’s Diner.

During a recognition ceremony, Sister Ann said she thought she was going to be recognized for being a 10-year employee. Of course, she was recognized for her service to the clinic but she was presented the Sheridan Award.

“Sister Ann is a remarkable person whose kindness and compassion has no bounds,” Executive Vice-President Jason Wesco said in a release. “She is the living embodiment of Mother Sheridan’s spirit of service and caring for others.”

The Sheridan Award is named after Mother Mary Bernard Sheridan of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Wichita who opened Mt. Carmel Hospital in 1903. Years ago, the hospital sat on the same property as CHC/SEK. Sister Ann is also the last remaining sister of St. Joseph of Wichita in Pittsburg.

CHC/SEK CEO Krista Postai said the clinic wouldn’t be the same without Sister Ann.

“She has been, and continues to be, an inspiration that connects our past, present and future,” she said in a release.

Sister Ann said the order opened Mt. Carmel to provide healthcare for all, regardless of their ability to pay, adding CHC/SEK has continued that work.

“Krista Postai and the team have really worked to continue to bring quality healthcare … I marvel at what they have done these past 15 years and what they have developed,” she said.

“I’m just grateful to be a part of something and be a part of helping the quality life here, with the little i do, I’m just grateful.”

It is humbling to be part of the CHC/SEK team, Sister Ann said, especially on the same grounds Mother Sheridan started the first hospital in Pittsburg.

Sister Ann also celebrated her 60th year as a sister of St. Joseph’s in March, subsequently it was also her 80th birthday.

“I credit it to all of my sisters,” she said.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. To nominate someone for Patrick's People send an email to patrickspeople@morningsun.net