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St. Joe’s Honors Employee Working With Sexual Assault Patients


You may remember Michelle Markie from some of the Foundation news we shared in 2018 – she’s the head of our Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Nurse team.

Michelle was recently awarded the Mother Mary Angela Award – the highest honor for St. Joe’s employees. Only four awards are given each year, to those who exemplify our mission and our values (Compassion, Integrity, Collaboration and Excellence). Recipients are nominated and chosen by their peers, and Michelle was recognized for her efforts in collaboration.

Michelle has been an RN with St. Joe’s for her whole career, and she gives generously of her time and spirit to the mission. On top of her full-time role in the ED, Michelle is on call 24/7 – for whenever a victim of sexual assault may need her specialized skills and attention. She and her team also conduct a lot of outreach: to train other organizations how to respond appropriately to sexual assault victims, and to make sure St. Joe’s SAFE services are known throughout the community. The team are always seeking to further their knowledge too - to make sure they know the latest forensic techniques and are provided sensitive, best-practice care.

We can think of no-one more deserving than Michelle – her efforts in leading the SAFE program at St. Joe’s are tireless. We are thankful for her passion and determination in serving our community, and we are equally thankful for your support of the SAFE program.

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