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Issue 4.09
May 9, 2016
Motherhouse Celebrates Jubilee

Members of the Motherhouse community celebrating a Jubilee in 2016 gathered in joyful recognition in the St. Elizabeth Motherhouse Chapel on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. 

The Golden Jubilee celebration will take place on Saturday, May 28, 2016. For a full list of Jubilarians, click here
BayCare Honored with National, Regional "Best Workplace" Awards

   BayCare recently was recognized nationally and regionally as a great place
to work.
   In late March, BayCare was named one of "America's Best Employers 2016" by Forbes magazine. Among the 500 companies that received the distinction, BayCare ranked 75th. The Forbes list was based on an online survey of around 30,000 employees of large and mid-size companies and institutions. They were asked a series of questions about their workplace, including whether they would recommend their employer to someone else, and the results were tabulated by Statista, an online statistics provider. 
   BayCare also was recognized on April 10i n the Tampa Bay Times' seventh annual "100 Top Workplaces" report. This is the second time BayCare has made the list, this year ranking 12th among large companies with more than 500 employees. The Times list also is based on confidential surveys of employees, with results tabulated by a third-party provider.
   Times business columnist Robert Trigaux, writing about the annual rankings, said BayCare was the largest employer among this year's 100 top workplaces - four times the size of the next
largest top workplace. "That's no simple feat. The larger the organization, the tougher it can be to sustain a quality workplace," Trigaux wrote, but added that "helping people who are sick to get better, or to face their final days in some comfort, is a powerful motivation for workers seeking
job satisfaction."
   Kyle Barr, BayCare's Chief Team Resources Officer, announced both awards to team members in an email. "Knowing that your feedback earned us both Top Workplace recognitions is
very gratifying and reinforces our belief that working together can make us even
stronger," she wrote. "No matter where you work in the health system, we all play a role
in our success."

Dr. Monika Treber
"Mediterranean Grave!: The German Experience of the Refugee Crisis" discussion to take place

   On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Dr. Monika Treber and Ute Wannig, German founders of the Christian Initiative International Learning (CIL), will speak about the German experiences during the recent Syrian refugee crisis. 
   The program will be held in the Church of St. Francis of Assisi's San Damiano Hall, 127 W. 31 Street, New York City. Light refreshments will be served from 6 to 7 p.m., at which time the program will begin. 
   For more information or to RSVP, call 212-426-5818.
 From the Archives

   Greetings from Kingston, Jamaica! This week, I am at Immaculate Conception Convent, checking on the small archives that the sisters have in Jamaica. Today I found some extremely interesting artifacts that speak to the fascinating history of the convent building itself.
    Immaculate Conception Convent began its existence as the Constant Spring Hotel. Built in 1888, the hotel was the first building in Jamaica to be lit by electricity. It also boasted a beautiful sunken garden, a golf course, and a spa.
    Despite the hope that its luxurious accommodations would attract tourists, resources in the Immaculate Conception archives indicate that the hotel was never profitable. In 1940, the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany bought the hotel and all of its contents, transforming the property into Immaculate Conception Convent and High School.
     Pictured here is an example of one of many items one can find in the convent that still bears the name of Constant Spring Hotel: an embroidered wool blanket. Other items that can be found in the convent bearing the hotel's brand include: silverware, plates, glassware, and even the wrought iron railings on the balconies. Next to the blanket is a photo from about the late 1800s depicting horse drawn carriages arriving at the hotel. 

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