SHELBYVILLE, IL – HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is committed to following its mission of quality health care and service to the community with a particular commitment to its core values of respect, care, competence and joy. To ensure that this becomes a standard practice in service, the hospital recognizes a colleague each quarter as a Most Valuable Person (MVP). This colleague’s attitude and behavior will reflect the hospital’s Franciscan mission, values and philosophy.

Each quarter’s nomination will be based on one of the HSHS four core values. This quarter the hospital’s nominating committee accepted nominations for the fourth core value, joy. As defined by the sisters, joy is the manner in which our colleagues and all who join us in our ministry seek to perform their work – the internal fulfillment of caring for others. It is an essential ingredient in bringing a sense of hope to those who suffer.

Teri Whalen from the rehabilitation services department was nominated by her fellow colleagues and then selected by the Shining Star committee which is also comprised of colleagues. Whalen had nominations for the award from six of her colleagues and when she was notified of the news that she won the award, she jumped up and down, unable to contain her joy.

“Teri Whalen epitomizes the definition of joy. She brings joy to colleagues and patients through her work as an occupational therapist assistant,” one colleague wrote on their nomination. “There are many acts that prompted my nomination for Teri. First, her joy for her work is contagious. She may not realize it, but her enthusiasm and happiness she eludes during the workday rubs off on her fellow colleagues. She is always smiling, and she is the first to offer a helping hand to a busy colleague. Many mornings she’ll look my way and remind me, ‘Today is a good day for a good day.’ I also recall when Teri bought some sweatpants and a sweatshirt for a patient who didn’t have any clean clothes to wear when leaving the hospital. She has gone above and beyond for providing for those in need. For the last two years, Teri has led the Vacation Body School for grade schoolers. Last summer, she dressed as a ‘sugar cube’, and the kids loved it. Lastly, Teri’s heart simply spills with joy.”

Another colleague said, “When Teri walks into a room, the room immediately lights up. She shares her joy with others continuously! As I type this letter, Teri is currently singing in the other room to make her colleagues smile with her. Our patients come into the department looking for her so they can smile with her. Teri has a very creative mind and a giving heart. Her joy has been shared through her creativity with the Vacation Body School program, with her participation with the mission integration team, in her leading the Golden Yoga Class, in addition to her care for patients. Teri tells me often, ‘I haven’t worked a day since coming here. I just have so much fun.’”

Whalen’s joy attributes are making a difference in colleagues’ and patients’ lives each day. Her exceptional service mirrors the Franciscan sisters’ compassion for people they served in their hospitals, and their care emulated the care Jesus shared with others during His earthly life.

As the sisters “Pass the Torch” to the hospital’s colleagues to continue their ministry, they are proud of Whalen for her heart, genuine spirit, and sincere interest in the people she serves at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital.
About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit   
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

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