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Sister Betty Hopf honored with Sunshine Award

Wednesday, May 11, was not a normal day at the office for Sister of Providence Sister Betty Hopf.

For 14 years, Sister Betty has ministered as the chaplain of the Hux Cancer Center through the Union Health Group.

Sister Betty Hopf displaying the Sunshine Award.

But when she arrived on that day, her colleagues greeted her at the entrance as she was receiving the Union Health Sunshine Award.

“I was just stunned,” Sister Betty admitted. “I was humbled and shocked. It was a total surprise. Anyone on our staff could have gotten this award. We have such a wonderful staff.”

Mandi Scott, Health Care Copywriter for Union Health, said the Sunshine Award honors non-clinical employees for “their compassionate healthcare they provide for going above and beyond their normal duties.”

Those who receive the award are nominated by patients or other employees and then a committee goes through the nominations to determine who the recipient is. The Sunshine Award is a quarterly award.

“Sister Betty was actually nominated by a former patient at the Hux Cancer Center,” Mandi said. “She’s very compassionate. Some of the words used by the patient included warm, gracious and immediately endearing.”

Sister Betty received a certificate and a banner was hung at the entrance of the Hux Cancer Center.

“I absolutely love my ministry,” Sister Betty said. “I feel like I’m making a difference in peoples’ lives. They are dealing with so much. They love the spiritual presence. It’s meaningful to them.

“It’s not an easy ministry, but there’s comfort in knowing that I’ve made a difference for the patients.”

Sister Betty entered the Congregation in 1961 and has been a Sister of Providence for 61 years.

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Jason Moon serves as media relations manager for the Sisters of Providence. Previously, he spent more than 16 years in the newspaper industry.

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13 Comments

  1. Connie Kramer SP on May 18, 2022 at 7:59 am

    Congratulations Sister Betty! You are and do make a difference in people’s lives!

  2. Ann Matilda Holloran on May 18, 2022 at 8:02 am

    So deserving! Congratulations!

  3. Diane Weidenbenner on May 18, 2022 at 8:31 am

    There isn’t a more deserving person for this award. You are the light of Christ for many people who are hurting. Thank you for your ministry!

  4. Carolyn Kessler, SP on May 18, 2022 at 9:21 am

    Congratulations on this very well deserved award, S. Betty! What a beautiful tribute to the remarkable presence you bring to people in need!

  5. Editha Ben on May 18, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Congratulations, Betty! You are indeed the hands and heart of Providence in your ministry.

  6. Natasha Butcher on May 18, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Very well deserved. Sister Betty you are truly wonderful.

  7. Paula Modaff SP on May 18, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    Betty, this award confirms what I have experienced from you for a long time. I am so happy that you have received what you so deserve.

  8. Denise on May 18, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Wonderful a knowlegement of who you are and who you bring to your ministry, Betty. As a gardener I bet you know how deep the roots of sunflowers and how sturdy the stems. Mu h like you! Denise

  9. Denise on May 18, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Well deserved Betty. As a Gardner I’m sure you know how deep are the roots of sunflowers and sturdy their stalks…just like you. Congratulations.

  10. Marsha A Speth on May 18, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Congratulations, Betty! You are a bit of sunshine to everyone who meets you! Thank you for all your service!

  11. Sue Paweski SP on May 19, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    Betty, how wonderful for you…and for the Providence Community! You share our charism with everyone you encounter. Congratulations!

  12. Anne Therese Falkenstein on May 20, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    We love you, Betty, and are so grateful for the positive energy that you share with the world. Congratulations!

  13. Linda doyle on June 2, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Sister Betty Wow ! I’m touched by your purpose maybe your a descendant of jophiel , who is one of very few angels to be portrayed as female . I read that some where ? I think your a angel . your prayers give hope and a angel to watch over them . Joy and peace to comfort you and thankyou

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