Archive for Thursday, February 24, 2005

Sisters of Charity healthcare workers earn special honors

February 24, 2005

Two women associated with the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth healthcare system are receiving special recognition.

Sister Ann Marita Loosen will receive a Lifetime Service Award, and Linda Seba will receive the Hero in Healthcare Award for Registered Nurses during a March 29 breakfast honoring healthcare workers sponsored by Ingram's magazine of Kansas City.

Loosen is a former president and CEO of three Kansas hospitals of the Sisters of Charity Health System. She will be recognized in the February "Heroes in Healthcare" edition of the magazine.

Loosen entered the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1950 as a nurse. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Saint Mary College (now the University of Saint Mary), Leavenworth, and her master's in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

As assistant administrator at Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, Calif., Loosen directed the integration of the Kennedy Child Study Center for neurologically handicapped, retarded and mentally disabled children into the hospital's community mental health center.

She held executive leadership positions from 1978 to 1995 in Kansas at Saint John Hospital, Leavenworth; St. Francis Health Center, Topeka; and Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. As CEO, Loosen facilitated computer upgrades, building programs, leadership development and productivity standards. She also started the Marian Clinic in Topeka. The Kansas Hospital Association recognized her with its award for lifetime service in 1998.

Loosen has served as advocacy and government relations coordinator for SCLHS. She now volunteers at Providence Medical Center.

Seba, R.N., is interim Saint John Senior Behavioral Health Center clinical supervisor. The Ingram's award will be her second honor in three months. In October, Seba won the prestigious Heart of Healthcare award sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Nursing.

Seba has been a Saint John Emergency Department nurse since 1988. Seeing an increased number of sexual assault victims in the ED over the years, she helped establish the Leavenworth Alliance Sexual Assault Center in 2003.

She is temporarily assisting staff in the Senior Behavioral Health Center.

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