Sister Martin McEntee
Sister Martin McEntee is known to many in Howard County - for her smile and gracious demeanor as much as her leadership. She was born in the small Tipton county community of Atlanta and baptized in Cicero, but her family moved to Kokomo when she was very young. She attended St. Patrick grade school and graduated from Kokomo High School.
Sister Marty worked at First National Bank for a short time after graduation, but chose to enter the novitiate at the Sisters of St. Joseph in Tipton in 1954. Before her hospital career, she taught at St. John School in Tipton and St. Paul’s in Marion. Her life has been one of service, including 28 years as President and CEO of St. Joseph Hospital. Under her leadership, the hospital grew in size and services, adding radiation oncology, renal dialysis, and magnetic resonance imaging, along with the Saint Joseph At Home, Saint Joseph At Work, and Clinic of Hope programs.
Sister Martin’s community leadership roles have included Chair of the Kokomo Area Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Board Chair for Indiana University Kokomo, and Campaign Chair for the United Way of Howard County and the Howard County Historical Society. Her contributions extend well beyond the boundaries of Howard County, too. She has served as Chair of the Indiana Hospital Association, Chair of the Catholic Health Association of the U.S., and as board member for Mercy Hospital of Elwood, Seton Specialty Hospital of Indianapolis, and St. Thomas Hospital of Nashville, TN.
Sister Martin has been recognized with the IUK Service Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Community Foundation of Howard County, and Distinguished Service Awards from IUK Alumni Association and the Indiana Hospital Association - and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Indiana University. Behind the accolades and accomplishments are a remarkable leader and motivator, whose success is based in her warmth and generosity.