Jean Richard presented with Nurse Exemplar Award

Eau Claire, Wis. – For nearly four decades Jean Richard has been helping Chippewa Valley parents expand their families by providing expert care at the HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Women and Infants Center in Eau Claire. Recently, Jean, a registered nurse, was presented with the 2021 Nurse Exemplar Award, which is the hospital’s highest nursing honor. It is given each year to a nurse who exhibits excellence in caring for patients and families, provides personalized patient care and has a superior level of knowledge and skill.

In her nomination letter, fellow Women and Infants Center registered nurse, Kayla Schewe, said, “Jean shows Christ’s love in her nursing practice by being attentive to patients and colleagues’ mind, body and spirit. She is a beacon of light and guidance to all around her, and her positivity and cheerfulness are contagious.”

Jean has served HSHS for more than 36 years and has helped care for hundreds of moms and babies.

“I am humbled to receive this award and it means so much to me because my peers nominated me,” said Jean. “We are such a great team. I wouldn’t be the nurse I am today without working and learning from everyone I have over the years.”


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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