HSHS Medical Group is pleased to award Michelle Johnston with our July Colleague of the Month Award. Michelle is a medical assistant for HSHS Medical Group serving Medicare patients in Springfield, Illinois.
The Colleague of the Month is chosen from nominations submitted by fellow HSHS Medical Group team members. “Michelle recently had a patient who made the hard decision to seek no further treatment for rapidly spreading cancer. Michelle exemplified the core values of respect and care for this patient,” her nominator said. “Handling a difficult diagnosis, no matter what the age, is hard, but Michelle took time out of her day to sit with and comfort the patient as she waited for her ride and dealt with this difficult news. I feel that this is a moment that will stand out to this patient for a colleague going above and beyond to be there for her.”
Michelle’s favorite part of her job is the patients. “I appreciate the connection that we get to experience with the patients,” she said. “It is a special relationship we form through helping the patients navigate their care. I have always felt very strongly about giving respect to all people and feel driven to care for others.”
When away from work, Michelle enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog.
About HSHS Medical Group
HSHS Medical Group is the physician organization of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). Launched in 2009, HSHS Medical Group is a critical component of the HSHS Care Integration strategy, which focuses on bringing physicians, technology, and patients together to improve the overall health of our communities. Today, HSHS Medical Group is comprised of over 1,300 colleagues in locations throughout Central and Southern Illinois. HSHS Medical Group is powered by the Franciscan history of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, and our faith-based identity led us to the single most important tenet of the HSHS Medical Group philosophy — patient-first care. For more information about HSHS Medical Group, visit HSHSMedicalGroup.org.
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 physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states – 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 www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.