Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS)-Eastern Wisconsin Division is pleased to announce Paula Bake, BSN, RN, who works in the Emergency Department at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, as the 2017 Nurse of the Year.
HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division hospitals 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 from within the Division as Nurse of the Year. Nurses nominate a nursing colleague from their unit, and those nominations are then reviewed by nursing leadership and HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division’s Professional Nurse Practice Council.
“Paula was chosen as the 2017 Nurse of the Year for the exceptional passion, quality and excellence she delivers in her nursing practice,” said Paula Hafeman, Chief Nursing Executive for HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division. “She goes above and beyond in demonstrating our organization’s core values of respect, care, competence and joy in her interactions with patients and their families.”
Paula Bake’s time with HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division began in 2000 working in the cardiac care unit at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital. She began working at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in 2006, known then as Community Memorial Hospital, and has been there since. “When working in a rural hospital, you get to know the patients in a more personal way, which helps to create a deeper level of respect for one another,” said Paula. “I love coming to work and serving this community.”
In addition to her nursing duties, Paula serves on various committees within HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division that aim to enhance patient care, safety and experience. She is also an active member of the Emergency Nursing Association, Regional Trauma Advisory Council and the State Trauma Advisory Council.
Paula is also significantly involved in community outreach on a professional and personal level. She offers monthly blood pressure screenings at her local parish; organizes clothing drives to replenish the St. Clare Closet at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital for patients in need; serves as a medical volunteer at the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon; is Chair for the Oconto County Annual Community Health and Safety Fair; and, volunteers for the Feed My Starving Children organization.
The 2018 Nurse of the Year will be announced in early 2019.
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 physician-staffed 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.