It was a whirlwind one-day trip from Denver to Leavenworth, but well worth the journey for the 23 employees of SCL Health who visited and toured the Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCLs) on April 24.

The group flew out of Denver at 5:45 a.m.; rented vans at the Kansas City airport; travelled to Leavenworth; spent the day; and caught a 4:20 p.m. return flight to Denver. Between times, they experienced the history and heritage of the SCL Community, the founder and original sponsor of the health system. They also had the opportunity to meet individual Sisters.

Mark Wilkinson, SCL Health vice president/treasurer and an SCL Associate, coordinated the arrangements with Sister Jean Anne Panisko, treasurer of the religious Community. Most of the travelers were from the health system’s revenue cycle department based in Broomfield, Colo.

The purpose of the trip was to educate the employees about the religious Community and its history and the origins of the health system. Sisters Judith Jackson and Charlotte White greeted the group on its arrival and gave tours of the Mother House, the Marillac Retreat Center and the University of Saint Mary. Both SCLs had previously served in the health ministry. The SCL Health team had lunch with Sisters at the Mother House and capped their day with a visit to the cemetery where SCLs, including the early founders, are buried.

“The ability to come to the Mother House and meet some of the Sisters was very moving to everyone,” Mark says. “Our employees left the Mother House with a much better understanding of the value of the work that SCL Health continues to do today. The mission of caring for persons who are poor and vulnerable is as important today as it has always been.”

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