Funds will provide scholarships and emergency assistance to hospital colleagues

Eau Claire, Wis. – The 30th annual HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation Golf and Tennis Classic, held July 26, marked three decades of philanthropic service to the Chippewa Valley.

The event raised $56,000 to provide scholarship support to HSHS colleagues who wish to expand their education and training specific to their role within the hospital. The funds will also support the Colleague Emergency Assistance Program which provides financial help to colleagues experiencing a severe and unexpected hardship. 

This year’s Heart of Excellence Award was presented to four colleagues who provided, and continue to provide, highly skilled and unparalleled patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic, and who exemplify the spirit of the HSHS mission:

  • Jamie Quam, RN
  • Juley Kroeger, RN
  • Jessica Bue, RN
  • Dusti Mielke, RT

The Thrill of Victory Award, which is given each year to a hospital patient(s) who has made an outstanding recovery in his or her health, was presented to Denny and Karen Zacho. 

Just one year ago, Denny and Karen were hospitalized for a combined 13 days due to COVID-19 complications. Despite hospital visitor restrictions, the couple said they did not feel isolated; their hospital rooms were right next door to each other. With a simple phone call or knock on the wall Denny and Karen knew only inches separated them as they healed. 

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital President and CEO, Andy Barth said the hospital was blessed to help Denny and Karen recover. “Their faith, determination and strength were on display every day we cared for them and it was humbling when they each returned home healthy.” 

Since the Golf and Tennis Classic began in 1991, it has raised more than $1.3 million to advance the hospital’s mission to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry.


About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

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 For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

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