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24DRIVINGchangeANNUALREPORTFY2013BONSECOURSHEALTHSYSTEMBonSecoursHealthSystemCelebrates30YearsTheSistersoBonSecourscreatedBonSecoursHealthSystem30yearsagoin1983.Butthehealthsystemsstoryreallystartsbeoretheninthelate1960swhentheSistersoBonSecoursknewthattheyneededtostrengthentheirsenseomissionandidentityortheirhealthcareacilitiestocontinuetosucceed.Throughoutthe1970sthesistershealthcareacilitiesbeganworkingtogethertoestablishprioritiesandshareresourcesandpersonnel.OnJuly11983BonSecoursHealthSystemwasormedwithheadquartersinBaltimoreMarylandlatermovingtoColumbiaandthenMarriottsvilleMaryland.Atthattimeitoperatedouracute-careacilitiesandonenursinghomeinMarylandVirginiaFloridaMichiganandMassachusetts.Thesistersremainedinvolvedinthenewhealthsystemandplayedstrategicgovernancerolesonthehealthsystemlevelaswellasservingassisterpresidentsolocalsystemboards.CatholicIdentityandtheCenterforMinistryLeadershipTheCenterorMinistryLeadershipistheresourcecenterorministryormationatBonSecoursHealthSystemprovidingprogramsandprocessesorleadersthatempowercompetentandconfdentministryleadersinthelocalsystems.ThecenterhasdevelopedandacilitatednumerousCatholicministryormationandleadershipprogramsontopicsgroundedinCatholichealthcaretraditionsethicsandthehistoricexampleotheFrenchsistersseekingtohelpthepoorsickanddisenranchisedaroundtheworld.InobservanceoBonSecoursHealthSystems30-yearanniversarytheCenterorMinistryLeadershiptooktheopportunitytoexpandministryormationtoallemployeesthroughamonthlynewslettertracingthehistoryothesisterstheCharismoBonSecourstheroleotheSponsorandpracticalinormationonsystemresourcesandprocesses.Throughacquisitionsandjointventureswithotherreligiousandnon-sectarianorganizationsthesystemhasaddedmanyacilitiesmostlyalongtheeasternseaboard.Between1983and2006thesisterswerethesolesponsorsorBonSecoursHealthSystem.In2006theVaticanapprovedtheormationoBonSecoursMinistriesasthesponsoroBonSecoursHealthSystem.ThenewmodelenablessharedsponsorshipwithlayministryleaderswhoseroleassponsorshelpstoensurethecontinuanceothesistersCatholichealthministry.OvertheyearsothercongregationsoreligiouswomenjoinedwiththeSistersoBonSecourstoexpandthehealingministryotheCatholicChurch.Todaytheseco-sponsoringcongregationsaretheBernardineSistersotheThirdOrderoSt.FrancisNewportNewsVirginiaandtheSistersoCharityoSt.ElizabethConventStationNewJersey.IwassittinginorientationmyseconddayatBonSecourswhentheMissionLeaderaspartoherpresentationsaidthewordsYouarenotherebyaccidentyouarecalledtobehereservinginthisministry.ThatwaseightyearsagoandIcanstillrememberthestrongconnectionIelttothatstatementthenandthestrongconnectionIstilleeltoday.MyjourneywithBonSecourshasbeenonewithaDECEMBER2012YouAreNotHerebyAccidentA30-yearcelebrationithasgonebysoquicklyIn1983IwaslivinginRichmondVirginiaandministeringasahomehealthnursewiththenewly-bornHomeHealthServiceoSt.MarysHospital.ItwasanexcitingtimeormeandorthoseouswhowerepartothecreationoandtheearlydaysoSt.Maryshomehealth.InthosedaysIhadotendreamedoandwonderedwhathomenursingwouldbelikesowhenSt.Marysbeganponderingthedevelopmentoonearound1979-1980Itranserredromthehospitalandbecamepartoasmallteamthatbeganitsdesign.Wewrotepoliciesproceduresandguidelines.OneyearlaterIbecamepartothenursingstaandoraboutthenextveyearsIhadoneothemostmeaningulandincrediblyhumblingexperiencesomynursingcareer.Beingonthepatientsturratherthanthepatientbeinginourhospitalwasasignicantbutimportantchangeormeasanurseanditchangedmyapproachtonursingromthenon.Laterinthe1990swhenIdidhospicenursinginBaltimoreIdrewuponmanyotheseearlierexperiences.InactitsairtosaythattheexperienceshaveinfuencedmostowhatIhavedoneasaSisteroBonSecourssincethenwhetheradministrationgovernancesponsorshipandnowleadershipwithintheSistersoBonSecours.Overthese30yearsIhavealsobecomeincreasinglyandconsistentlyawareothecommitmentanddedicationoourco-workerstothemissionandministryoBonSecours.AsaSisteroBonSecoursitllsmewithgreathopethatthisministryoundedover188yearsagohasavibrantuturebecauseothat.ItistheinspirationbehindthishaikuthatIwroteaewyearsagobutstillholdsmeaningormeintermsoourutureCare-drenchedrootssproutingperennialirisbulbsbearingourfutureHealingLiberationCompassion...at30faithfullyrespondingtoGodsgiftfaithfullyrespondingtoGodsgiftfaithfullyrespondingtoGodsgiftBySisterRoseMarieJasinskiCBSCountryLeaderSistersofBonSecoursU.S.A.ByCharmaineRochesterVicePresidentFinanceBonSecoursHamptonRoadsHealthSystemHomeNursingSoIncrediblyHumblingInspiringFuturestrongsenseocallingtoserveinthisministry.MycorevaluesalignstronglywiththevaluesotheBonSecoursandthatservestouelmypassionortheministry.WhenIgottheopportunitytoparticipateinMinistryLeadershipFormationMLFasamemberoCohortIVitaddedevenmoresignicancetothecalltoserve.ThroughtheMLFjourneyIgotagreaterappreciationortheprinciplesuponwhichtheministrywasoundedandthelegacythatisoursasleaderstoperpetuate.AsservantleaderstheSistersoBonSecoursOurSponsorwereocusedonmakingadierenceorthoseonthemarginsosocietyandwerenotthwartedbychallengesoradversity.Servantleadersdonotseektheirownrewardbutinsteadseektousetheirpowerandinfuencetochangetheirworldorthebetter.TheMLFjourneyhelpedmetoappreciatethatasleadersintheministrywehavethesamecallingtobeadvocatesandpropheticvoicesinhealthcaretoday.AsaFinanceproessionalIamnotindirectcontactwithourpatientsandresidentsbutasIwalkthehallwaysothehospitalsandnursinghomesIcanseethegreatworkwearedoingandIhearthestoriesocompassioncaringandIamdeeplyencouraged.TheworkotheministryinvolvesmanydierenthandsandacesandIamgrateultobeservingalongsideotherswiththesamesenseocallingandcommitmenttotheministry.DeepeningourSpiritualityForhuddlesorjournalingWhatdoyoufrstrememberaboutcomingtoworkoraCatholicHealthMinistryAquestionforhuddlesorjournalingHowdoyouknowyouhavebeencalledintothisministryIn1824aterthedevastationotheFrenchRevolutiontwelveSpirit-ledwomencametogethertoormtheCongregationoBonSecoursoParis.Theyletbehindthesecurityothecloistertonursethesickanddyingintheirhomes.DecadeslaterMrs.WhedbeeanAmericanvisitingParisellillandreceivedthehealingministriesoaSisteroBonSecourswhospokeEnglish.ReturningtoMarylandMr.andMrs.WhedbeewithseveralphysiciansimpresseduponArchbishopGibbonsthegoodhelpthatcouldbeaordedBaltimorebytheSistersoBonSecoursinwhomtheywouldfndsomeintelligenthelportheirsickpeople.In1881theSistersoBonSecourscrossedtheAtlantictoestablishtheirfrstministryintheUnitedStates.ThethreechosentobeginthenewmissionwereSistersSt.FerdinandDomitilleandFlavie.AllspokeEnglishthelanguageothepeopletheyweregoingtoaid.SisterSt.FerdinandaBretonhadrecentlyrecoveredromapersonalillnessandwasservinginLondonwhenshereceivedhernewassignment.SistersDomitilleandFlaviewereministeringinCork.Eachwonderedatbeingchosenorthetask.Sr.DomitilleconsideredhersellikeamuleandSr.FlaviewroteMotherGeneralIwasastonishedthatyourchoiceorsuchanimportantundertakingshouldalluponme.AllthreeacceptedtheassignmentnotingGodiscallingmeelsewhere.SEPTEMBER2012OurpioneersembarkedorNewYorkatQueenstownIrelandnowknownasCobhaporttheyusedortravelbetweenIrelandFranceandEngland.TheirberthwasalittlecabinontheParthiaortheireleven-dayvoyage.TheSisterssueredgreatlyromseasicknessassistedwithauneralduringthecrossingandeltsolittlesoardownbetweenheavenandtheseaTheyarrivedindenseoginNewYorkCitybyHellsGate...aterriblenamegiventoaverydangerouspassageway...totheport.InspiteotheiratiguethethreeimmediatelytookatraintoBaltimoreeagertobegintheirnewwork.TheywerewhiskedbycarriagetoMrs.JohnSmallshomeat70MacColloughStreet.AchildlesswidowMrs.SmallknewandexperiencedthecareotheSistersoBonSecoursinCorkIreland.ShetoodesiredtohavetheSistersinBaltimoreandarrangedwithArchbishopGibbonstoshelterthemuntiltheycouldprocureaconvent.OurpoorEuropeanssueredagreatdealromtheheatandmosquitobitesbuttheyneverlosttheircourageorgoodhumor.InspiringPastCrossingtheAtlanticSoFarDownbetweenHeavenandtheSeaIwasastonishedthatyourchoiceforsuchanimportantundertakingshouldfalluponme.-Sr.FlavieDeepeningourSpiritualitycontinuedonnextpageOurSistersQ.WhatmadeyoudecidetojointheconventandtheorderoftheSistersofBonSecoursAsayounggirlgrowingupineastBaltimoreIwatchedmyparentshelpthoseinneed.MyatheraCityCouncilmanhelpedpeoplefndjobsandmymotherarestaurantownerhelpedeedthoseintheneighborhood.ItwasonlynaturalthatIwouldcarryoutthevaluesinstilledinme.MyamilywasalwaysGoodHelptoThoseinNeed.SisterMaryCabriniBonnettCBSanursewhoworkedintheemergencyandmaternitydepartmentsatBonSecoursHospitalBaltimoreservedasSuperiorandAdministratorotheAngelusConvalescentHomeinWildwoodNewJerseyworkedasthereceptionistattheHealthSystemOfceinMarriottsvilleMarylandandheldotherrolesinNewYorkandPhiladelphia.Ihadastrongdesiretodedicatemylietotheserviceoothers.AtersharingthatdesirewithalocalpriestitwastheHolySpiritwhoguidedmetotheSistersoBonSecours.IwasnotamiliarwiththeorderbutaterlearningmoreabouttheirmissionIknewIhadoundmyplace.SixweekslaterIjoinedandeltagreatsenseopeacewithourLord.Q.TellusaboutyourministrySisterCabrini.Throughoutmy64yearsasaSisteroBonSecoursmygreatestjoyswereoundintheemergencydepartmentsintheBonSecoursHospitalinBaltimoreJohnsHopkinsUniversityHospitalinBaltimoreandMt.HealingLiberationCompassion...at30faithfullyrespondingtoGodsgiftfaithfullyrespondingtoGodsgiftfaithfullyrespondingtoGodsgiftTheParthiaInterviewwithSisterMaryCabriniBonnettCBSbySeanBallard