Sr Christiane Chua poses for a photo with Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health, after receiving the Healthcare Humanity Award on May 6. Infant Jesus Sr Christiane Chua was awarded the Healthcare Humanity Award (HHA) in recognition of her life-long service and dedication to patient care.

She was among 101 healthcare workers who were honoured on May 6 at the Ci Yuan Community Club.

Sr Christiane, a clinical pastoral care counsellor at Mount Alvernia Hospital, was selected for the award by The Courage Fund. The fund was set up in 2003 in the wake of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak to aid victims and healthcare workers.

“Clinical pastoral care is compassionate healthcare. It is about giving your full attention to another person, listening to them to have good communication and rapport,” shared Sr Christiane. “We work as a team with doctors and nurses to treat each patient as a person, not an illness.”

According to the hospital, clinical pastoral care involves supporting patients by journeying with them, providing a listening ear and even praying with them.

Sr Christiane first worked in the orphanage in the Infant Jesus Convent at Victoria Street looking after abandoned babies and nursing them back to health. From 1961, she started to look after the elderly Sisters in the infirmary in the convent.

In 1989, together with Sr Bernadette Mary Yeo Geok Tho, she helped to pioneer the clinical pastoral care service at Mount Alvernia Hospital and in Singapore. Sr Christiane has since then provided compassionate healthcare to patients at the hospital.

Sr Bernadette, a Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood nun, received the Healthcare Humanity Awards Honourable Mention Medallion last year for her contributions to the healthcare industry.