HSHS Medical Group is pleased to award Drew Kirkley, APRN, with our December Provider of the Month Award. Drew is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with the HSHS Medical Group Skilled Nursing Facility Program (SNF) in Shelbyville, Illinois. He has been with HSHS Medical Group since July 2020.
The Provider of the Month is chosen from nominations submitted by fellow HSHS Medical Group team members. “Drew is very attentive and empathizing with his patients,” his nominator said. “He is very thorough and shows the utmost respect to everyone.” Drew has gone above and beyond while working with the SNF Program. “When doing a visit with one of our home-based primary care patients, he went to the pharmacy to pick up an over-the-counter medication because the patient was unable to get it herself and didn't have anyone to get it for her right away. There is no doubt in my mind that Drew provides the high-quality care all patients seek. It's an honor to have Drew on our team.”
Drew’s favorite part of his job is celebrating small accomplishments. “Many of my patients find their quality of life is declining, and I've learned it's very important to celebrate small accomplishments. I view every patient encounter as a moment to be present and show people there is still good in the world,” he said. “The most enjoyable part of my job is hearing ‘thank you.’ Those words are filled with heart-felt gratitude.”
“Be the change you hope to see in the world,” Drew said. “I pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient, and I assume that the person I am listening to might know something I don't.”
When away from work, Drew enjoys spending time outdoors with his three kids, teaching them about growing plants and watching them get dirty. He also enjoys fishing on Lake Shelbyville and hunting whitetail deer in the fall.