Green Bay – Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals in Eastern Wisconsin are pleased to announce Rory Groessl, BSN, RN, CEN, CTRN, CFRN, CCEMT, at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, as the *2019 Nurse of the Year.

HSHS hospitals in Eastern Wisconsin include: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls. Each year, one nurse is chosen as Nurse of the Year. Nurses nominate a colleague from their unit, and those nominations are then reviewed by nursing leadership and the hospitals’ Professional Nurse Practice Council.

“Rory provides outstanding care to some of the most critical patients coming to the HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Emergency Room,” said Ken Nelson, Chief Nursing Officer, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center. “We are blessed to have him as part of our team and thrilled to recognize his dedication to our patients and ministries.”

Rory joined HSHS St. Vincent Hospital as a paramedic and registered nurse in 2004. Today, he is a flight nurse and provides care to critically injured or ill patients as they are transported to the emergency room. Additionally, he assists with patient care in the adult intensive care unit and pediatric intensive care unit.

“I have loved my experience working for HSHS since the beginning,” said Rory. “I can point to a number of mentors who have helped me along the way. I enjoy building a quick rapport with patients.”

Rory’s leadership and genuine passion for nursing is highly recognized by his colleagues who nominated him as the 2019 Nurse of the Year.

“I am proud to work with Rory. He exemplifies passion and dedication for nursing in all that he does. Rory is always looking for ways to learn and advance not only his practice, but all those he works with,” said Leah Bergstrom, Director of Emergency Services, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center.

Rory is a 2009 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and multiple certifications as a critical care and flight nurse. In 2012, he was appointed a coroner in Kewaunee County by Gov. Scott Walker and has served two consecutive terms since.

*The Nurse of the Year for the previous year is typically announced in May to coincide with National Nurse’s Week. Unfortunately, this year’s announcement was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HSHS hospitals in Eastern Wisconsin thank Rory for his dedication to our patients and ministries, and congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition.

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About HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center
HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center have been delivering quality health care to Green Bay and its surrounding communities since 1888. With HSHS St. Vincent being the largest tertiary care hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s location on Green Bay’s west side, patients from Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan benefit from a comprehensive range of services that include cancer care, women’s services, emergency and trauma care, preventive care across the lifespan, digestive health, orthopedic, cardiac care, neurosciences, rehabilitation and pediatrics. Affiliates of Hospital Sisters Health System, the hospitals primary purpose is to continue Christ’s healing love through the delivery of competent and compassionate health care in an environment sensitive to the needs of all people. Both hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

About HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital
HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital has been delivering high quality health care to Sheboygan and its surrounding communities since 1890. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital provides a comprehensive range of services that include cancer care, women’s services, 24-hour emergency care, digestive health, orthopedics, cardiac, home health and hospice care. The hospital’s primary purpose is to continue Christ’s healing love through the delivery of high quality and compassionate health care in an environment sensitive to the needs of all people. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. An affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people. To learn more, visit www.stnicholashospital.org.

About HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital serves Oconto Falls and the surrounding communities as a federally-designated critical access hospital with a 24-hour emergency department, urgent care, general, vascular and orthopedic surgical services, inpatient and outpatient surgical and diagnostic services, rehabilitation, oncology outpatient clinic and women’s care. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, in affiliation with Prevea Health, has six regional health center locations in Gillett, Lena, Mountain, Oconto, Oconto Falls and Suring. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Pharmacies are located in Gillett and Oconto Falls. Founded in 1921 as Community Memorial Hospital, in 2014, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital became the fourteenth hospital in Hospital Sisters Health System. As an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people. For more information about St. Clare, visit www.stclarememorial.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 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. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

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HSHS Wisconsin
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