Saint Luke Awards to be presented at White Mass

Saint Luke Awards to be presented at White Mass

Bishop Dennis Sullivan will celebrate the annual White Mass for Healthcare Workers on Sunday, Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m. at Saint Luke Church, 55 Warwick Road in Stratford.

Father Jeffrey Cesarone, O. Praem will be the guest speaker.

After the liturgy, a reception, sponsored by the South Jersey Catholic Medical Association (SJCMA) will take place, and the Saint Luke Awards for leadership will be presented to three individuals: Barbara Holfelner, RN, MSN, CNAA; Christine M. Kimler, D.O.; and Anthony Wehbe, D.O.

Barbara Holfelner, a registered nurse and a parishioner at Christ the King in Haddonfield, is currently vice president of corporate ethics at Lourdes Health System and Saint Francis Medical Center.

She oversees all aspects of the hospitals’ corporate ethics programs and ensures regulatory, clinical and code of conduct standards are upheld. Holfelner is also responsible for Lourdes’ neuroscience service line, and serves as the administrative liaison for the Osborn Family Health Center at Lourdes.

Holfelner joined Lourdes in 1986 as vice president of patient care services and risk management. During her time at Lourdes, she also served as chief nursing officer.

Prior to Lourdes, Holfelner held various nursing, patient safety and corporate ethics positions at various area hospitals, and also served as associate director of nursing at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Holfelner earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and she earned her associate degree in nursing from Gwynedd Mercy College.

She has a post-master’s certificate in nursing administration from Villanova University, and is a Wharton Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania.

Christine M. Kimler, D.O. graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine (Now Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine) in 1996, and went on to receive her board certification in Family Medicine.

She recently returned to working as a family practitioner for Inspira Medical Group in Mantua, having previously worked at DiLisi Family Medicine/Inspira Medical Group in Pitman from 2000-15.

From January 2016 until July 2017, she held the position of assistant professor/clinical staff physician for the Family Practice Department at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford.

Dr. Kimler has also served as the medical director for Pitman Manor Assistant Living/Nursing Home in Pitman and as the medical supervisor for school nurses in multiple non-public schools in Camden County.

A past president of the SJCMA, she is a parishioner of Christ the Redeemer Parish in Atco.

Dr. Kimler is the recipient of a Papal Honor, being named a Dame of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great in 2012 at the request of Bishop Joseph A. Galante, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Camden.

Anthony Wehbe, D.O. currently serves as chair of the American College of Osteopathic Internist’s IT committee, and is on multiple committees at Kennedy Health, including the Ethics Committee and the Patient Safety Committee. In his current role, Dr. Wehbe oversees operations at Kennedy Health Alliance, Kennedy Family Health Services Center, Kennedy Home Care and the Kennedy Health Care Center.

Wehbe earned a bachelor of science degree in biology, as well as a master’s in business administration from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

He graduated with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine.

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