Paterson, NJ [October 12, 2009] -St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Foundation is proud to announce that Sr. Jacqueline Burns, S.C., Immediate Past Chairperson of the Boards of Trustees, St.Joseph’s Healthcare System, will be honored with the prestigious William F. Johnson Award for community and corporate leadership, at their 33rd Annual Charity Ball on Saturday, October 17th. This year’s event will be held at the historic American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Foundation is the fundraising arm of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson.
A dynamic leader whose career is punctuated with many successes, she is the founding chair of St.Joseph's Healthcare System, having spearheaded the integration of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, St. Vincent's Nursing Home, and Visiting Heath Services of New Jersey. Sr. Jacqueline truly revitalized the mission, vision and values of St. Joseph's, and under her leadership, it became the region's leading healthcare system.
Sr. Jacqueline has always been a teacher and a mentor. She began her career as an elementary and secondary school teacher, where she educated young students for almost fifteen years. After earning multiple graduate degrees including a doctorate from Catholic University, she began her tenure at her alma mater, the College of Saint Elizabeth. Sr. Jacqueline dedicated more than thirty years to the College, ten of those as Academic Dean and sixteen as President. During these years she sat on numerous state and national Boards of Trustees where she held leadership positions, often chairing the Boards. She was a member of the New Jersey Board of Higher Education and designed the present governance model used for all policy development, and approvals for new programs for public and independent colleges and universities in the state. In her capacity in these roles she developed extensive experience in lobbying at both the national and state level.
As a Sister of Charity, Sr. Jacqueline has been elected to every General Assembly of the congregation since the inception of the body in 1968, chairing many of its committees. In 1999, she was elected to the General Council and filled the position of Treasurer of the Sisters of Charity Corporation.
She has received extensive honors; honorary degrees, citations of leadership, and woman of the year awards; and was most recently awarded the AMA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sr. Jacqueline is a woman of vision, grace and extraordinary talent, and on behalf of the entire St. Joseph's community, we are proud to honor her.