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October 17, 2013

Franciscan Foundation Awards Humanitarian of the Year

The Franciscan Foundation and the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia honored Rene´ Popke and the Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation with their 2013 St. Francis Humanitarian Award at a ceremony on October 10, 2013. The award honors those in the Franciscan Health System service area who show “extraordinary commitment to peacemaking; serving those in need including but not limited to the poor, disabled or homeless; diversity, and/or humility.


Brenda Sexton, Rene´ Popke, Kaylee Garrett, Jody Miller, Megan Farr, Michelle Apodaca, Sherri Kolisch, Dr. Ralph Zech, and Larry Jensen.

Rene´ Popke has been a tireless volunteer in the Enumclaw community since 1998. Rene´ has been involved with many community events including Oktoberfest, Festival of Crafts and the Chocolate & Wine Festival. In 2011, she became the first executive director of the Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation. Under her leadership the Foundation has expanded their role and mission while continuing to have a significant impact on the greater plateau community.

The Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation was established in 1982 and has been a significant part of the plateau community ever since. They seek to bring individuals and organizations together to innovate and collaborate in addressing issues that affect the health of the community. The Foundation has been supportive of St. Elizabeth Hospital by donating funds for state-of-the art digital mammography equipment and building a new Emergency Department. Their overriding mission is to support quality healthcare services in the communities of the plateau as well as in northeast Pierce and southeast King counties.

The Humanitarian of the Year award has been given out annually by the Franciscan Foundation and the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia since 1981.

Franciscan Health System includes St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; Highline Medical Center, Burien; Harrison Medical Center and Harrison HealthPartners, Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas; Franciscan Hospice House, University Place; Franciscan Medical Group clinics and providers, Pierce, King and Kitsap counties; and the Franciscan Foundation. Franciscan is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. Currently, CHI ranks as the nation’s third-largest faith-based health system, with annual operating revenues of $10.7 billion and approximately 78,500 employees. In fiscal year 2012, CHI provided more than $715 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research.

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