Sister Patricia Clare Sullivan
of Iowans have been touched by Sister Patricia Clare Sullivan's
untiring commitment to providing readily accessible quality healthcare
for all... Sister's leadership has impacted the heath care of Iowans
since 1955. - Ce Ce Zenti, 1987
Patricia Clare Sullivan, RSM, is known for her vision and leadership
in providing accessible, quality care for all Iowans. As President
of Mercy Health Center of Central Iowa and its eight subsidiaries,
Sister Clare heads one of the largest corporations in the state.
Her caring and compassion have been manifested in the many programs
she has developed to serve needy populations in the Des Moines
areaClark Street House of Mercy, which assists single mothers
to become independent; expansion of the health care delivery
system to rural areas; a respite program for families caring
for elderly persons in their homes; and Willis Care Center, an
adult day care program. She serves on the board of directors
of the Greater Des Moines Chamber Federation, First Interstate
Bank, and the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and
has traveled the state addressing issues of prejudice with the Know your Neighbor panel.
Her service includes regional director and past president of Iowa
Chapter of the American Academy
of Medical Administrators. She received the Newcomer Award for
Health Care Executive of the Year in 1984 and in 1985, the People
of Vision Award from the Iowa Society for the Prevention of Blindness.
Sullivan was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1988.
has served as president of External Affairs, Mercy Health Center
of Central Iowa; president of Hillside Development Corporation;
and treasurer of the Greater Des Moines Committee, an affiliate
of the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Federation. Sullivan
was also a member of the Des Moines Development Committee and
served on the Board of Directors of Boatmen's National Bank of
Des Moines. In 1991, she was named Distinguished Iowa Citizen
by Mid-Iowa Boy Scouts of America and named one of six outstanding
Women of Vision by the Young Women's Resource Center. In 1993,
she was inducted into the Central Iowa Business Hall of Achievement.
She is currently serving on the Caseys Board of Directors
and Mercy Hospice Development Board.