St. Joseph’s/Candler presents the 28th Annual McAuley Award to Linda Youth

Friday, May 28th, 2021

After a year volunteering at St. Joseph’s/Candler through the Mercy Volunteer Corps, Linda Youth couldn’t imagine doing anything else. So she became a co-worker at SJ/C’s St. Mary’s Community Center. She quickly earned a reputation as a kindhearted and tireless problem-solver, supporter of those in need, and friend. For exemplifying the mission and values of St. Joseph’s/Candler throughout her 10-year career in the health system, Youth is the recipient of the 28th Annual McAuley Award.

St. Joseph’s/Candler President & CEO Paul P. Hinchey made the announcement at a special outdoor ceremony at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He shared the story of how this New Yorker felt called back to Savannah after a year as a Mercy volunteer.

“She loved what we were all about, and enjoyed helping others so much at St. Mary’s Community Center that she moved back and took a permanent job,” he said. “And our entire community is so much better for it.”

Youth serves as the St. Mary’s Community Center Coordinator. The many ways she helps those who come into the center is too long to list here, but some of the most crucial include grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions, scheduling doctor’s appointments and making sure patients have rides to them, helping clients look for housing, and working into the night every winter to help clients fill out and submit tax forms. 

“Her senior ladies absolutely love her and depend on her,” a co-worker wrote for Youth’s nomination. “She endears herself to people and simply must help them!”

The McAuley Award is presented annually to the one St. Joseph’s/Candler co-worker who best exemplifies the mission and values of the health system. The award is named in honor of Catherine McAuley, who founded The Sisters of Mercy in the hopes of bringing education, healthcare, social justice, and spiritual guidance to those in need.

This year, 58 St. Joseph’s/Candler co-workers from 38 different departments were nominated by their peers for the distinguished honor. The health system values upon which the nominations are based are compassion, quality, integrity, courtesy, accountability and teamwork.

As the 2021 McAuley Award recipient, Youth’s name and image will appear on the bronze McAuley plaque displayed in the lobbies of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital. She will receive a $3,000 honorarium, a one-year parking pass in the location of her choice, a one-month cafeteria meal pass, a gift certificate for a 60-minute massage at our Center for WellBeing, a St. Joseph’s/Candler watch and the McAuley plaque and pin.