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Sister Doris Gottemoeller, RSM Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Mar 4 2020
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Congratulations are in order for Sister Doris Gottemoeller, RSM for earning the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2020 Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award. She will be honored at the 23rd annual awards dinner on March 18 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.

Sr. Doris is a member of the Bon Secours Mercy Health board and vice chair of Bon Secours Mercy Ministries. In her 61 years of religious life, she has served universities, health systems, seminaries and high schools.

Sr. Doris was the first president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the Provincial of the Sisters of Mercy of the Cincinnati Province, and president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. She also served as a delegate to the International Union of Superiors General and an auditor at the Synod on Consecrated Life.

With Mercy Health, Sr. Doris spearheaded the creation of the hospital system that has evolved into one of the largest in the nation.  She championed the merger of 12 hospitals and 30 other facilities in three states, working for two years to demonstrate to leaders the value of expanding the ministry’s footprint. In 1986, her efforts paid off with the formation of Cincinnati’s Mercy Health, one of the first multi-state hospital systems.  

As a Sister of Mercy, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Edgecliff College as well as a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame. Additionally, she has received a master’s and doctorate in theology from Fordham University.

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