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Sacred Heart honors Jan Martínez of Christ Kitchen
the Inland Register
(From the Oct. 21, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)
Elaine Couture (left), Chief Executive Officer of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, congratulates Jan Martínez, recipient of this year’s Sister Peter Claver Award. (IR photo courtesy of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital)
On Oct. 12, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital held its 18th annual Sister Peter Claver Award Dinner to honor individuals who reflect Sister’s compassion and quality in their service and leadership.
Sister Peter Claver, of the Sisters of Providence, was Sacred Heart’s administrator and a beloved community leader for 24 years.
The 2010 Award winner is Jan Martínez, who has devoted her life to the service of Spokane’s poor.
Martínez became a part of the Christ Clinic in the early 1990s to provide mental health counseling for patients who were victims of abuse. Eventually, she discontinued her private practice to devote her full attention to these efforts.
Martínez recognized that the women she was working with at Christ Clinic needed more than counseling and Bible study: they needed jobs. Thus was born the Christ Kitchen, which helps women gain skills and work experience. Martínez not only conceived it but made it happen – and without any pay.
For more than 15 years, she has helped the Kitchen’s participants find their faith and self-respect, and lift themselves above their life circumstances.
Other individuals nominated this year included such individuals as Jesuit Father Bernard Coughlin, retired president and now chancellor of Gonzaga University; Bill Robinson, retired president of Whitworth University; and Gary Livingston, retired chancellor of the Community Colleges of Spokane.