Mary Tolle Wright Award for Excellence in Leadership (Founders Award)


The Founders Awards offer homage to the six founding nurses of STTI and the director of nursing at Indiana University for their insights in 1922 that advanced scholarship, leadership, research, and practice. The awards recognize extraordinary excellence. 

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Past Award Recipients


2015 Award Recipient

Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, RN, MS
President and Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Health Assoiation
District of Columbia, USA
Alpha Beta Chapter #024

Sister Carol Keehan, DC, is the ninth president/CEO of the Catholic Health Association (CHA). Sister Carol has worked in administrative and governance positions at hospitals sponsored by the Daughters of Charity for more than 35 years, serving for 15 years as president/CEO of Providence Hospital in Washington, DC. Sister Carol has held influential roles in the governance of health care, insurance, and educational organizations, including as a board member of Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore, MD. She has served on several health, labor, and domestic policy committees of the USCCB. She has earned numerous awards, honors and special degrees. Sister Carol earned a B.S. degree in nursing from St. Joseph's College, and a M.S. degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina

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