Sister Romaine Niemeyer announces upcoming retirement as
CAMP HILL, Pa. – Sister Romaine Niemeyer, SCC, FACHE, Chief Administrative Officer of Holy Spirit−A Geisinger Affiliate, today announced that she will retire onJune 30, 2016. Sister Romaine served as President and CEO of Holy Spirit Health System for 25 years, and then as Chief Administrative Officer of Holy Spirit−A Geisinger Affiliate. Prior to that she held senior administrative positions for 20 years under the direction of Sister Ursula Frei, SCC, Holy Spirit Hospital’s first administrator.
“It has been my privilege to serve in our Catholic healthcare ministry with so many talented and devoted board members, physicians, staff, auxiliary members and volunteers whose sole purpose is to take care of the sick and the well-being of our community,” Sister Romaine said. “The heart of our mission is to touch people’s lives through wellness, healing, compassion and with God’s unconditional love. I am excited about the future of Holy Spirit−A Geisinger Affiliate as we continue to serve and to grow. The Sisters of Christian Charity’s (SCC) mission will continue through its sponsorship role of Holy Spirit, assuring our Catholic identity remains into the future.”
Sister Romaine will continue to reside in the Holy Spirit Hospital convent and will support Holy Spirit’s mission through her personal service.
“Sister Romaine has carried the mission of Christian Charity forward with unparalleled fidelity and commitment to the Church,” said Sister Mary Edward Spohrer, SCC, Provincial Superior of the Eastern Province of the Sisters of Christian Charity and Chair of the Sisters of Christian Charity Health Care Corporation. “Through a lifetime of service to God’s people, her faith, joy, energy and enthusiasm have touched many hearts. Sister’s visionary leadership has always reflected a deep love for God and neighbor. She is, indeed, a woman led by the Spirit!”
“Sister Romaine has been a faithful and exemplary servant, as well as a well-respected leader throughout much of Holy Spirit’s 53-year history,” said Holy Spirit Health System Board Chairman Bruce Brown. “We owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude for all that she has done for Holy Spirit, our patients, and community, and we will be planning celebratory events in the coming months to honor and thank her for her service. I personally consider it an honor to have been the board chair these past six years and have the opportunity to work so closely with Sister Romaine,” Brown said.
Geisinger Health System President and Chief Executive Officer David Feinberg, M.D., also praised Sister Romaine. “Holy Spirit has grown tremendously throughout Sister Romaine’s leadership tenure,” he said. “She has always led the organization with a deep conviction and compassion to do what is best for patients, and she can take pride in the respect that those at Holy Spirit, throughout Geisinger and the community have for her.”
Sister Romaine received her Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO. In 2015 Sister Romaine was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from the Central Penn College.
Sister Romaine’s religious community experience includes serving as a delegate to SCC General Chapters in Rome and in Germany. She served as a SCC Provincial Councilor on the Leadership Team of the Eastern Province of the Sisters of Christian Charity.
Over the years, Sister Romaine served on local community boards. She is presently serving as a member on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.
Sister Romaine has received many awards during her career, including The Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, an honor bestowed by Pope Benedict XVI and presented by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, as well as the Professional Catholic Women’s Forum’s “Woman of Faith” Award. In addition, she was honored with the Father Matthew Jankola Award for Lifetime Achievement in Elder Care by The Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius. Sister Romaine also was presented with the Assumption College for Sisters’ “Alumna of the Year” Award; Harrisburg Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award for Role Model of the Year; the West Shore Chamber of Commerce’s Les Ginnani Business & Community Connection Award; the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Award; and the U.S. Marine Corps Outstanding Citizenship Award. She was honored as Central Penn ParentHealthcare Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, recognized as The West Shore Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Visionary Luminary Award winner, and she was named “Business Woman of the Year” at the 20th annual Business Women’s Forum.