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Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award

Meet Sister Peter Claver

Sister Peter Claver was a humanitarian in every sense of the word. Her leadership in health care was her avenue to serve, with compassion and humility, to better the lives of others.

Watch this video to learn more about this amazing leader, who for 33 years was an inspiration to her staff at Sacred Heart, and the Spokane community.

Nominations are due August 23

The Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award is presented each year to an extraordinary person whose faith and good works inspire their colleagues, friends or families, and enrich the lives of others—especially the poor and vulnerable. Since 1993, 24 community members have received this award, and more than 150 have been nominated.

Sister Peter Claver was at the helm of Sacred Heart Medical Center from 1964 to 1987, during which time the hospital became the largest medical center in the Inland Northwest, with a comprehensive array of services. Her compassion for those who suffer - whether in body, mind or spirit, and especially those who were poor - truly inspired her work. Daily, she walked the halls of her beloved hospital looking after her staff and the patients and families they served.

Sister made sure there was medical care for those struggling economically or socially outside the walls of Sacred Heart, developing the House of Charity Medical Outreach Clinic and initiating the planning for a network of charitable medical clinics throughout the city of Spokane. She was a humanitarian in every sense of the word. Her leadership in health care was her avenue to serve with compassion and humility. This Humanitarian Award honors those who, today, continue her legacy.

On October 10, 2017, this special individual, whom you may have nominated, will be awarded this honor at an inspiring event and dinner held at the Spokane Convention Center. You will receive an invitation in the mail after we receive your nomination and as we get closer to this date. Thank you for taking the time to nominate someone who is making a difference in the lives of others!

Definition of Humanitarian

  • Having concern for, or helping to improve the welfare of people.
  • Pertaining to the saving of human lives or to the alleviation of suffering.
  • A person actively engaged in promoting human welfare and social reforms.
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Jamie Valdez
(509) 474-6090