Caption: Anne Herman, regional director of compliance for Adventist Midwest Health, receives the Community Service Award. Presenting the award are, from left, David L. Crane, president and chief executive officer, Adventist Midwest Health, Donald L. Jernigan, president and chief executive officer, Adventist Health System, and Max Trevino, vice chairman of the Adventist Health System board of directors.
La Grange Park resident Anne Herman clearly recalls the first time she participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. She had signed up to walk the 2 a.m. shift and roused her three small children from bed to participate with her.
“I put them in the stroller and we went around the track in the dark,” said Herman, regional director of compliance for Adventist Midwest Health. “When I look back sometimes, I wonder why I did that. Something internal must have driven me to make them a part of it.”
Herman and her family participated in the fundraiser in memory of her mother, who died from cancer. For Herman, community service is synonymous with Christian love. She gives it freely and often in a variety of arenas while encouraging others – especially her children – to do the same.
For her commitment to serving the community, Herman was honored by Adventist Midwest Health’s parent organization. Herman received Adventist Health System’s Community Service Award Feb. 24 at the system’s annual Conference on Mission in Florida. Herman has worked at Adventist Midwest Health since 1985 and has been regional director of compliance since 2001.
Herman feels blessed to work for Adventist Midwest Health because its mission – extending the healing ministry of Christ – complements perfectly the other areas of her life where Herman lives out her deep faith.
“We’re all people of God,” Herman said. “No matter your race, your religion, where you live and how much money you have, we’re all people of God and it is our duty to serve.”
As a family, with her husband Bob and their five children – Becky, 23, Nicolaus, 21, Noah, 19, Tessa, 16, and Ellie, 14 – Herman has spent many hours at the Chicago Food Depository, which provides 135,000 meals daily, repackaging goods for distribution to needy families.
“It’s a wonderful family service project because it doesn’t require a long-term commitment,” Herman said. “I can call on Thursday or Friday and ask if they need help on Saturday.”
This ministry is especially fulfilling for the family. They attend First United Methodist Church Chicago Temple in downtown Chicago and frequently witness the plight of those who have less than they do. “We can’t go to church without walking past two or three homeless people,” Herman said.
Herman and her family also are involved with Project Renewal, a unique ministry that provides transportation for homebound residents and others with physical disabilities so that they are able to attend church services.
“It’s true people can get church in their homes and they can ‘attend’ services on radio or TV,” Herman said. “But one of the huge benefits of going to church is community and connecting with people who share similar beliefs.”
In addition, Herman was a member of the board strategic planning committee for La Grange School District 102 and with her husband spent 12 years teaching Christian education to students in grades 5 to 8. The family is even adopting their second rescue dog.
At work, Herman is always quick to volunteer for additional assignments. She’s volunteered at health and wellness fairs and Secret Santa events, as well as served meals to staff at the holidays.
“The words humility, commitment and integrity come to mind when I think of Anne Herman,” said David L. Crane, president and CEO of Adventist Midwest Health. “Anne is passionate about her work, passionate about her family and passionate about service to others. She is a true example of our mission in action and is a stellar ambassador for Adventist Midwest Health.”
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org; 630-312-7508