In honor of National Nurses Week, HSHS St. John’s Hospital hosted a Nursing Exemplar Awards Ceremony for the HSHS Central Illinois Division Hospitals (CID). The CID hospitals include HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield and HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville. Below is the full list of winners from today’s ceremony.

Excellence in Nursing

  • Luke Becker, Ivette Cortes, Amber Harmon, AmyJo McDermott and Josephine Quinn, St. John’s

  • Michelle Bovyn, Julia Cox, Mollee Decesaro, Amy Kirk and Lisa Price, St. Mary’s

  • Lisa Fouts, Shari Grandidier, Heather Senaldi, Janice Thomack and Vonna Wessell, St. Francis

  • Kerri Hayes and Tina Shutts, Good Shepherd  

Charge Nurses of the Year

  • Amber Eller, Heather Lind and Jodi Wood, St. John’s

  • Tedi Blazier, St. Mary’s

  • Anessa Emmons, St. Francis

Educators of the Year

  • Brenda Yale, St. John’s

  • Heather Grimes, St. Mary’s

Rookies of the Year

  • Molly Cooper, Taylor Monke and Ashlynn Raynor, St. John’s

  • Jonathan Medler, St. Mary’s

  • Lindsay Allen, St. Francis

Preceptors of the Year

  • Teri Heuer and Betty Ring, St. John’s

  • Cinda Pringle, St. Mary’s

  • Vicki Durbin, St. Francis

  • Kerri Hayes, Good Shepherd

Partners in Nursing

  • Sondra Barber, Isaac Okbamichael, Ashley Reed and Jodi Zak, St. John’s

  • Jared Kennedy, St. Mary’s

  • Shari Birkenkamp, St. Francis

  • Cassidy Bolin, Good Shepherd

Nurse Leaders of the Year

  • Hillary Wernsing, St. John’s

  • Crystal Catherwood, St. Mary’s

  • Marilyn Pastrovich, St. Francis Hospital

  • Julie Schinzler, Good Shepherd

Additionally, Nicole Ball, general medical nurse manager; Diedra Stewart, NICU nurse manager; and James Radcliffe, environmental services colleague, all from St. John’s, received recognition from Dr. Subhash and Rambha Chaudhary for infection prevention initiatives.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for photos from the ceremony.

About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit
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, 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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