Christine Lain, a 29-year payroll department employee, who spent six months of that time in the Franciscan Alliance corporate office in Mishawaka, is Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City’s December Ambassador of the Month.
The award has been presented by the hospital’s Social and Recognition Committee since 1988 and recognizes employees who exhibit the mission and values of Franciscan Alliance – compassion for those in need, respect for life and the dignity of mankind, wellness and prevention of illness, restoration to health and acceptance of death as the final step toward wholeness. Recipients also have demonstrated courtesy, the proper attitude and enthusiasm for their work.
Lain was nominated for the award by a coworker, who said, “She truly lives the mission every day. She displays all of the criteria to be nominated as an ambassador.”
When asked how she felt about receiving the honor, Lain replied she was “very surprised,” adding, “There are so many employees here who live the mission every day. It is rare today to work in a place where one is allowed to openly express their faith.”
Lain said she is thankful for her job and for the people with whom she works and those she otherwise has met during her years at the hospital, adding they have helped her to grow her faith.
Lain, of La Porte, loves watching movies and playing with her dogs, Shark and Sadee, during her free time.
In recognition of the honor, Lain, as are all Ambassador recipients, was honored with a special billboard display for the month, a privileged parking spot, an Ambassador badge holder, a photo on the Ambassador of the Month wall that displays the previous 12 months’ winners, $150 cash and an invitation to the annual Service Awards and Recognition Banquet.