Women’s History Month, which has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987, is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society. When adopting its resolution on the observance of this month, the United Nations General Assembly stated the following: “To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full employment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality, and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.”
The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women’s History Month. This year, the theme is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” This theme is “both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.”
The immeasurable influence of the women in our community have always made and continue to make a profound impact on the lives of residents at Milwaukee Catholic Home. The history of Milwaukee Catholic Home began over a century ago with a group of visionary women from the Marquette Women’s League. Led by founder Anna Marie Hackett, this group saw the need for a new, residential community for older adults in the city of Milwaukee, and incorporated the new Catholic Home for the Aged in 1913.
Milwaukee Catholic Home would not exist without a group of women who wanted to promote healing and health in the community.
But the theme of “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope” is especially evident in one team member at Milwaukee Catholic Home today: Katie Grant.
On March 3, 2022, Katie Grant was named as a recipient of a 2022 School Sisters of Notre Dame Women’s Leadership Award. At their annual leadership luncheon, the Sisters recognize women leaders who have made a positive difference in their community. “Guided by the School Sisters of Notre Dame’s commitment to transform the world through education, our award recipients show how their spiritual and professional lives intersect to create a better world,” says Sr. Debra Sciano, Provincial Leader of the School Sisters.
Katie Grant, Vice President of Clinical Integration, has served in a leadership role in long-term care for over 25 years. Katie has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, is a Registered Nurse and is also certified as a CPR instructor through American Red Cross and a Community Based Residential Facility Trainer though the State of Wisconsin.
Since Katie came to Milwaukee Catholic Home, she has implemented Electronic Medical Records and guided the organization on their Quality Assurance Performance Improvement journey. Katie also serves as a Clinical Consultant, providing support to interdisciplinary clinical teams at MCH, School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) and other senior communities. Katie is a member of Leading Age Wisconsin, Long-Term Care Nursing Administration Group and The Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council.
The impact of Katie’s work does not go unnoticed by her teammates and the residents of Milwaukee Catholic Home.
“Katie Grant has tirelessly led the nursing team of SSND Elm Grove throughout the past four years with unimaginable clinical challenges related to the pandemic and the changing, reduced work force in long-term care,” says Linda Cardinale, Director of Sales and Marketing.
As if Katie’s work wasn’t already an example of “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” Katie is currently working to develop a CNA Training and Certification Course to be offered through Milwaukee Catholic Home Management Services, and she has successfully transitioned staff and residents to the beautiful new Trinity Woods community.
“Katie Grant’s knowledge, energy, and giving spirit exemplifies servant leadership,” says Milwaukee Catholic Home CEO Dave Fulcher. “I can think of no better face of the Women’s History Month theme this year than her!”
We sincerely thank Katie for her countless contributions to our community and for the inspiration she provides to women everywhere! We honor you and we salute you during Women’s History Month. For more information on Women’s History Month, visit their website.