2014 Business Woman of the Year Sister Romaine Niemeyer

For 24 years, Sister Romaine has been CEO of an organization that has a predominantly female workforce. Of the approximately 2,900 employees, about 78 percent are females who have benefited from her willingness to embrace, support, and promote a culture of caring, teamwork and customer service at Holy Spirit.

Within Nursing, Sister Romaine has supported efforts to increase the number of nurses with advance certifications by five percent a year—a goal that has been exceeded each of the last five years. In addition, she is a proponent of Nursing’s Shared Governance Model, which has led to a growing number of nurses who lead councils, participate in process improvement teams and have chosen a path of nursing leadership within the organization. All of this was done as the health system sought and was awarded the prestigious Magnet designation, which recognizes excellence in nursing services.

Additionally, under Sister Romaine’s guidance, Holy Spirit recognizes that 51 percent of its service area’s population is female. Knowing that percentage continues to grow, the health system developed Holy Spirit’s Women’s Services, which includes two Centers for Women’s Health, The Birthplace, Holy Spirit Women’s Imaging Center, Women’s Behavioral Health Services, Laser & Aesthetics Services and the Spirit of Women health education program that empowers women to guide their own wellness journey.

Finally, Sister Romaine serves as an inspiration for professional women both within her organization and in the community as the recipient of several awards that celebrate her model of leadership. Among those awards are the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Award, the Professional Catholic Women’s Forum’s “Woman of Faith” Award, and the “Alumna of the Year” Award, Assumption College for Sisters.

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