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Guest Post: A Tribute to Women

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This week I was delighted to receive recognition from the annual Tribute to Women and Industry, or TWIN, luncheon, an event organized by the Women’s and Children’s Alliance of Boise. I’m proud to represent Saint Alphonsus Health System and this award is important to me.

To explain our role in this event, I’m pleased today to offer this space to Pamela Thomas, Saint Alphonsus Health System’s Vice President of Mission Integration. Pam serves as committee chair for this year’s annual Tribute to Women and Industry awards and keeps their mission close to her heart.

Pam Thomas, our System VP of Mission Integration served as the committee chair for this event and I have asked her to comment on this special occasion, as well. Her comments are below:

Julie DeLorenzo, WCA Board of Directors, President; Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb, 2013 TWIN Joyce Stein Award Recipient; Pam Thomas, Vice President, Mission Integration, Saint Alphonsus Health System; Sally Jeffcoat, President & CEO, Saint Alphonsus Health System; Beatrice Black, Executive Director, WCA.

Julie DeLorenzo, WCA Board of Directors, President; Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb, 2013 TWIN Joyce Stein Award Recipient; Pam Thomas, Vice President, Mission Integration, Saint Alphonsus Health System; Sally Jeffcoat, President & CEO, Saint Alphonsus Health System; Beatrice Black, Executive Director, WCA.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the committee chair for a special 20th anniversary Tribute to Women and Industry event. Congratulations to this year’s 51 TWIN honorees, including Saint Alphonsus Health System’s own President and CEO, Sally Jeffcoat.  I, too, am very grateful for the honor of joining the incredible women who have been named as TWINs.

We at Saint Alphonsus are proud to support the work of the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA) because it makes such an important difference in our community. Individuals who have experienced domestic abuse or sexual assault can find safety, healing and freedom to create a safe, healthy life for themselves and their families. No other organization provides these critically needed services — all in one place —to anyone who needs them.

Over the past 20 years the WCA has honored a total of 745 women as TWINs. Participating businesses have contributed more than $1.6 million to the WCA to help create a vision where people thrive in safe, healthy relationships. Funds raised by this annual event help the WCA continue to provide comprehensive supportive services to women and their children victimized by domestic and sexual violence.

As I came to know the outstanding women honored by this organization, I learned more about how all of our efforts combine to help create a safe, healthy community. Each and every woman honored as a TWIN has made and will continue to make her mark in our community—I am proud and humbled to join their ranks. Every business and organization that has supported and mentored these women also deserves our gratitude.

-Pam Thomas

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