Sister Susanne Hartung, SP, chief mission integration officer for Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) in Renton, Wash., was honored with the Health Care Leadership Inspiration Award by Puget Sound Business Journal (PSBJ) on Dec. 6, during a luncheon event at The Westin Bellevue.
The award was presented at PSBJ’s inaugural Health Care Leadership Awards ceremony, a celebration of outstanding leaders in health care from around the Puget Sound area. Sister Susanne was one of 15 honorees recognized as an innovative and influential thinker, on the front lines of the health care industry, whose leadership has had a lasting impact on the region. She used the opportunity to challenge the Puget Sound community to harness the spirit of innovation that we are known for to address the homelessness crisis.
Having recently celebrated her 60 year jubilee as a Sister of Providence, Sister Susanne’s fundamental belief is: To know the poor, you have to serve the poor. In her role at PSJH, she is responsible for integrating the Mission and core values into the everyday work and culture for more than 12,000 shared services employees from across the organization in seven states. She also serves on executive teams that are responsible for administrative initiatives. Sister Susanne is bold in her approach to ensure that the Mission ― to serve the poor and vulnerable ― is first and foremost in every decision at the system level.