Just five years ago, Sister Mary Maurita Sengelaub was inducted into Modern Healthcare's Health Care Hall of Fame for her lifelong achievements as a pioneer in the industry. This year, she'll be celebrating another milestone as a testament to a lifetime of good health; June 28 will mark Sister Mary Maurita's 100th birthday.
Sengelaub's journey is filled with contributions to healthcare and accessibility. A career spanning over 60 years started from humble beginnings after graduation in 1940 from St. Mary's School of Nursing in Grand Rapids, Mich.
"Nurses were respected, appreciated and trusted for the education they received and the experience that enabled them to give the best of care," Sengelaub said of her education. Despite what nursing school may have prepared graduates for, her administrative peers quickly took notice of her unique leadership potential as she was elected for multiple roles within the Sisters of Mercy, with whom she took her final vows in 1951.