OSF St. Joseph Medical Center recently renamed two Administrative Conference Rooms in order to honor two former Mother Superiors. The former space of Administrative Conference Room I is now the Sister Agatha Conference Room and Administrative Conference Room II is now the Sister Grace Conference Room. The renaming also comes as the administration offices were relocated further down the hall to make room for McLean County’s first hybrid operating room.
"The rooms were renamed for a couple reasons," said OSF St. Joseph Medical Center President Chad Boore. "First, administration just moved to our new home down the hallway. And, with the move, it was an excellent opportunity for us to return closer to our Catholic Identity and pay tribute to the Sisters. Sister Agatha and Sister Grace were chosen as they were both Mother Superiors at OSF St. Joseph."
The first conference room was given the name Sister Agatha Conference Room in honor of Sister M. Agatha Stiefermann. A native of Germany, Sister Agatha arrived at St. Joseph’s in 1974. A registered nurse for 41 years, she served The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in facilities in Michigan, Rockford, and Peoria prior to her arrival at St. Joseph’s. Here, Sister Agatha made her rounds checking on patients who were receiving intravenous treatment in a special apron she had designed with pockets to carry her medical supplies. Sister Agatha was Sister Superior from 1983 to 1989, and a member of the Pastoral Care Department until 1991. She passed away in October 2000, at age 82.
In honor of Sister M. Grace Hickey, the name Sister Grace Conference Room was chosen for the second former administrative conference room. Sister M. Grace was born in Ireland. Her introduction to the work of the Sisters came after high school helping Sister M. Assunta, O.S.F., care for orphaned babies. She joined The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in 1938 at St. Francis Convent in Peoria, and earned her nursing degree at St. Francis School of Nursing. She worked as a nurse and a pediatric supervisor in OSF facilities in Illinois and Michigan, and held clerical positions until she was appointed Director of Mission Integration at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in 1989. She was later named Sister Superior. She was the final Sister Superior in residence at St. Joseph’s Convent. She passed away in 2002, at age 82.