Sister who ran Little Company of Mary Hospital dies
BY NICK SWEDBERG Correspondent April 22, 2014 7:22PM
Sister Kathleen McIntyre | Photo courtesy of Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers
Updated: May 24, 2014 6:40AM
Sister Kathleen McIntyre began her life at Little Company of Mary Hospital and eventually came to lead the nonprofit Catholic institution.
After watching the sisters care for her ill mother, McIntyre entered into the Little Company of Mary School of Nursing, taking her vows and, as time went on, taking larger and larger roles in the hospital’s leadership.
In recent years, she guided the hospital’s board of directors through a massive renovation of the Evergreen Park campus.
McIntyre, 76, died Monday after a six-month battle with cancer.
“A great light has gone out in the world,” Dennis Reilly, president and CEO for Little Company of Mary, said in a statement released Monday by the hospital.
Described as a visionary, McIntyre accepted an appointment as president and CEO of Little Company of Mary Hospital in 1987 and started serving as the board chair in 2001. Five years later, she became provincial leader for the American Province of the Little Company of Mary Sisters. In 2012, she oversaw the opening of the 300,000-square-foot patient tower, which includes the Comprehensive Women’s Center for Life and Health.
McIntyre championed for community programs, such as Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Bereavement Program and Mobile Medical Program, which helps homebound seniors. She worked to give a voice to women and children.
McIntyre was born at Little Company of Mary Hospital on May 3, 1937. She grew up on Chicago’s Southwest Side.
Watching the sisters care for her dying mother spurred McIntyre to become a nurse. It was while she was partnered with one of the sisters during a chemistry lab that she decided to take her vows. She joined the Sisters of Little Company of Mary in 1956 and, after graduating from nursing school, completed her studies at the University of San Francisco while missioned at the Little Company of Mary’s sister hospital in Torrance, Calif.
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Little Company of Mary Chapel, North Pavilion, 2800 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park.
The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Bernadette Church, 9343 S. Francisco Ave., Evergreen Park.