BANGOR, Maine – St. Joseph Healthcare President and CEO Sister Mary Norberta has been honored with the lifetime achievement award from a local chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing. The award was presented in April at the annual induction ceremony of the society’s Omicron Xi Chapter-at-Large in recognition of Sister Norberta’s commitment to nursing leadership and education at the local, state and federal levels.
In addition, in honor of Sister Norberta’s upcoming retirement later this year after 29 years at the helm of St. Joseph Healthcare, the local chapter has established an annual scholarship in her name. The scholarship will be presented to an active chapter member who shows leadership and a commitment to lifelong learning. The first recipient of the Sister Mary Norberta Continuing Education and Leadership Scholarship is Amy Cotton, director of operations at Rosscare Senior Services in Bangor. Cotton plans to pursue an interdisciplinary doctoral degree at the University of Maine.
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is one of the largest international nursing organizations, with a mission to foster, develop and connect nurse scholars and leaders worldwide to improve health care. Local chapter president Valeria Sauda said during remarks made at the awards ceremony that Sister Norberta’s lifelong personal commitment to education and professional development serves as an excellent role model for new and practicing nurses within the chapter.