St. Joseph’s/Candler presents the 24th Annual McAuley Award to Sandra Arbery-Reed


Because of her 29-year dedication to her patients and the mission of St. Joseph’s/Candler Sandra Arbery-Reed is the 24th McAuley Award winner. 

Sandra Arbery-Reed is the 24th McAuley Award winner. 

“She is always willing to help out someone in need, without looking for anything in return,” said one co-worker. “She consistently gets glowing reviews from our patients and family members. She shows concern not only for the patient, but the family as well.”

Her compassion extends beyond the hospital and into her community around Townsend, Ga. where she is a pastor and cares for those in need. 

This year, 85 St. Joseph’s/Candler co-workers were nominated by their peers to receive the distinguished honor. Nominations are based upon an individual’s ability to illuminate the health system values of compassion, quality, integrity, courtesy, accountability and teamwork.

As the 2017 Catherine McAuley Award winner, Arbery-Reed’s name will appear on the bronze McAuley plaque displayed in the lobbies of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital. She will receive a $3,000 honorarium, a one-year free parking pass in the location of her choice, a one-month cafeteria meal pass, a gift certificate for massages at the Center for WellBeing, a St. Joseph’s/Candler watch and the McAuley pin.

About Sandra Arbery-Reed

Arbery-Reed has worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 29 years and commutes from Townsend, Ga. She is pastor of Must Be Born Again Outreach Ministry where she often cooks for the hungry, collects and gives away clothing for the needy and conducts Bible studies.

Every Sunday morning, she gets up at 5 a.m. and cooks breakfast for the disabled people in her neighborhood, and by 7 a.m. she is leaving her home to take the one and a half hour drive to go to Baxley to preach at her church.

She started at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a LPN but went back to school to earn her RN degree. She has worked in many different units but currently is in Pulmonary Diagnostics where she cares for patients undergoing bronchoscopy procedures.

What Her Co-Workers Said About Her:

“She is a firm believer that teamwork makes the dream work and a three-fold cord is not easily broken,” another said. “There is strength in numbers and not in one person alone.”

“Sandra met a young lady who was homeless, pregnant, and living in the woods. She collected baby clothing, food and supplies, and helped the young lady find a place to live. Today, the young lady and the new baby are now doing fine.”

“It makes me feel so proud to see Sandra exemplifying our mission, going out of her way in caring for the patient and including the families making sure they feel comfortable with the process of care and treatment,” another co-worker said. 


Watch video of Arbery-Reed receiving the award on our Facebook page.

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