OSF Saint Anthony’s President Ajay Pathak and COO Sister M. Anselma present the 2014 Merciful Love award to Mission Partner Anessa Emmons.
ALTON — Medical/Surgery Department Director Anessa Emmons was honored with the Merciful Love award at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center’s annual Mission Partner Christmas party.
The award is based on a Mission Partner’s ability to witness the Mission of the Health Center to his or her co-workers; bring Christ’s Merciful love to the patients, doctors or other outside associates; and outreach to the community.
Decided by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George who work at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center or OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital, the award has been granted to deserving Mission Partners for the last seven years.
“Anessa is not only a generous, loving and proud mother to her three children, she is an awesome nurse and director,” Assistant Vice President of Patient Care Services Denise Boettger said. “She treats patients as if she were treating a family member.”
Only lay Mission Partners working at OSF Saint Anthony’s can be nominated for a Merciful Love Award. Mission Partners are nominated by their co-workers and the sisters review and discuss the candidates. The Sisters cannot be nominated or make nominations for the award; the Sisters decide the winner by anonymous vote.
“I believe that to be a good care provider, you need to be willing to give from your heart without expecting anything in return,” Emmons said. “If you get something in return, like a smile or a thank you, it is a bonus.”
Since 1985, when she started in housekeeping, Emmons has worked at OSF Saint Anthony’s as a licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, supervisor and now the medical/surgery department director.
She graduated from Lewis and Clark Community College’s nursing school in December 1989 and is working toward her bachelor’s of science in nursing from McKendree University.
“My parents have been the backbone of my career,” Emmons said. “They have taught me how to become a professional, to be self-reliant, not to say anything you’ll be sorry for later, and every day you should be grateful that you woke up. I have worked with the Sisters since a very young age. I have agreed and stood by the Mission of Saint Anthony’s my whole career — ‘to serve God, is to serve His people.”
Anessa is married to a “wonderful man,” Jack, for 16 years. She has three children, Alex, Abbie and Jackson. Her son, Alex, also works at the health center as a security guard.
“All of them are extremely precious to me and I think God every day for my children,” Anessa said.
This year’s nominees included Sheila Castillo (phlebotomist), Debbie DeSherlia (cancer data coordinator), Ruth Figge (volunteer), Frederica “Kika” Moore (communications clerk), Judy Rusche (blood bank supervisor), Regina Shutta (hospice volunteer coordinator), Faye Taylor (food services), and Trish Tolle (home health therapist).
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