The Living the Mission Award is given to people who bring Kettering Health’s mission to life, demonstrating the sacred work of improving the quality of life for people in the communities we serve. They use their own time and resources to transform lives, whether that’s in one of our facilities or out in the community.
Congrats to our September Living the Mission Award winner, Roberta Vieira de Oliveira from Kettering Health Hamilton! Check out her nomination story below:
“Roberta demonstrates selfless giving in several ways. She always seems to show up with her ‘goodies’ cart right when you need it. She always has a kind word and smile when you pass her in the hallways as she quietly goes about her business ministering to patients and staff.
But more than that, there was a particular situation that I want to share. Early in July, I happened to be talking with a nursing extern and discovered she had just given notice that this was her last day. I asked if there was anything that would help change her situation and she stated that she was making an hour drive commute from Fairfield where she was provided housing to Hamilton every shift and that it was putting a lot of stress on her older vehicle, and she had little down time spending two hours on the road each shift. Unfortunately, housing closer to Kettering Health Hamilton was not available after an exhaustive search. Our last-ditch attempt to find housing had us connecting with Chaplain Roberta who graciously agreed to clean out a room in her own home for this student. She did not know this student but willingly offered to let her stay with her for her remaining 3 weeks of her externship.”
I had the opportunity to observe follow-up with this student who had a completely different demeanor than that evening I spoke with her earlier. She was so grateful and appreciative and felt it was an answer to prayer. She even stated that Chaplain Roberta would come to her room after a long day and share a supper plate with her that she had prepared. Roberta truly made an impact in this young lady’s life as she gave of herself and made an impact not only in her experience at Kettering but showed her what it’s like to be a hand of God to those we encounter.