James R. Lientz Award presented to Elaine Connor

James R. Lientz Award presented to Elaine Connor

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Elaine Connor! The unsuspecting winner of the 24th Annual James R. Lientz Award.

Connor has worked at St. Joseph's/Candler for 30 years. Thursday, she was presented with the Humanitarian Award.

Each year, a worker who exemplifies the mission and values of the health system is selected by their peers and rewarded for their hard work.

"She always comes in with a positive attitude and she's an inspiration to everyone else," said St. Joseph's/Candler President/CEO Paul Hinchey.

"Thirty years snuck up on me. You're so busy trying to do your best and to be on the forefront to care for patients that come in with so much going on," said Connor. "This means my St. Joseph's/Candler family supports me and the mission and vision that we have. I try to execute that every day."

Making this award even more special is Connor's 30-year career as a patient advocate. She had the honor of taking care of Mr. Lientz when he was a patient many years ago.

"We prayed together, we've grown together and I hope we've made a difference in someone's life," Connor said.

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