Sr. Noreen McGowan (Nurs '44, Grad '54), a former professor of nursing at Saint Louis University, retired from SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center on Thursday after five decades of service.
|Sr. Noreen McGowan|
Sr. Noreen, who has worked at Glennon since its doors opened in 1956, has been an iconic figure at the hospital, inspiring families and employees alike. For her young patients and their families, Sr. Noreen offered a calm, reassuring presence that helped them get through the stress of surgery.
"She's a quiet witness who just exudes the spirit of Glennon, the spirit we try to convey to our patients and our families," said the Rev. Wendell Reese, pastoral care at Glennon. "You don't hear a lot from her, but she's a quiet witness there to support and encourage."
Sr. Noreen taught nursing at SLU for many years, and continued to teach and inspire those around her at Glennon. She embodies the spirit and dedication of Cardinal Glennon as much as anyone ever could, says Myra Conklin, a human resources consultant at Glennon.
Though she is retiring, Sr. Noreen's legacy will live on at Glennon. She shares her unwavering philosophy of unconditional dedication to the young people in a video that is shown to all new employees at Glennon during orientation, which is appropriately held in the McGowan Room.
In the new employee orientation video, Sr. Noreen says, "My words of wisdom are: Make sure that you want what is best for our children. What's the best for our children? When you give yourself whole-heartedly to their care and for their parents. Realize that what you do has an impact on the child and the parents and will always stay with them."
Sr. Noreen was honored by the School of Nursing in 1986 when she received the nursing alumni merit award.