Sister Marybeth is honored
May 21, 2018 11:57 AM
On May 18, St. John’s College of Nursing Alumni Association presented Sister Marybeth Culnan, OSF with the 2018 Distinguished Alumna Award. The award is presented in recognition of exemplary dedication to the profession of nursing and St. John’s College. Selection is based on exceptional professional accomplishments, including but not limited to contributions to nursing, community/public service, academic achievement, and professional publications.
“As I look back on my nursing career that spanned more than 50 years, the nursing education that I received at St. John’s is my foundation,” Sister Marybeth said. “My career that spanned from the bedside, to education, to leadership in our health system, and governance at the local board level all stems from the beginning that I received from my nursing instructors at St. John’s. This moment offers me an opportunity to encourage our new St. John’s nurses to remain open to continual learning and the possibilities that a nursing education can present."
Sister Marybeth entered the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in 1960 - the same year she graduated from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing (Springfield, IL). She professed First Vows in 1963.
Sister Marybeth received a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Marillac College (St. Louis, MO) and was assigned to St. Vincent Hospital (Green Bay, WI) from 1966-69. She earned a Master’s degree in Nursing with a specialty in Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing from Case Western University (Cleveland, OH) and returned to St. Vincent Hospital and served from 1971-75 as a clinical nurse specialist – neuroscience. From 1976-79, Sister Marybeth served as one of four Provincial Assistants for the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis and then was assigned to St. John’s Hospital (Springfield, IL) as a clinical nurse specialist - neuroscience from 1979-82.
In 1982, Sister Marybeth assumed the role of First Vice President for the Boards of the 13 hospitals operated by Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) and in 1983 she became the HSHS Regional Vice President - Wisconsin and Board Chair/President of the five Wisconsin hospitals. In 2007, she began serving on the Boards of the eight HSHS hospitals in Illinois while continuing to serve on the Wisconsin Boards. From 2006-17, she served as the HSHS Senior Vice President of Sponsorship and Governance providing direction and guidance to System and hospital leadership and board members. Presently, she is a volunteer at HSHS St. John’s Hospital and serves on its Board of Directors along with the Board of HSHS Holy Family Hospital (Greenville, IL) and HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital (Shelbyville, IL).
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