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.
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.