The Sister Norita Cooney Illuminate Awards honor Sister Norita Cooney, RSM, 1939-2011. Sr. Cooney served as the first president of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community and was instrumental in the founding of Live Well Omaha in 1995 and Alegent Health in 1996. She was known for being a champion of the vulnerable and caring for the dignity of people, and was awarded with our inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in 2019. In 2020 the Illuminate Awards were named in her honor as they will continue to recognize leaders in community health and innovation.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Honors a leader who has dedicated a lifetime to the achievement of healthier communities for all.
Health Innovator Award
Honors a key product, service, or other deliverable that a person or organization brought to the market to advance a culture of health.
Health Champion Award
Honors a person who demonstrates integrity, ability and willingness to lift up the voice of the unheard, and passion for the health of all.
There is no fee to apply. Honorees will be notified after the nomination period has concluded.