In honor of National Nurses Week, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese hosted a Nursing Exemplar Awards Ceremony. Below is the list of winners from the ceremony.

Nurse Leader of the Year
Rene Kruse, RN

Excellence in Nursing
Chelsea Ripperda, RN

Preceptor of the Year
Elizabeth Terry, RN

Rookie of the Year
Kristin Bassimer, RN

Partner in Nursing
Sister Pam Falter

The awards recognize the dedicated health professionals and nurses who serve patients each day with respect, care, competence and joy. They play an important role in providing excellent care to our communities. It is more important than ever to thank, recognize and celebrate that we have these health care professionals in our community. 

Please join HSHS and local hospital administration in thanking these dedicated health professionals whose skills, care and commitment to excellence makes a difference in all our lives.

To apply for a position at HSHS St. Joseph’s, visit

Photo Caption: The winners of the Nurse Exemplar awards at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese pictured with (left) Amanda Ennen, interim president and CEO and chief nursing officer, are (left to right) Rene Kruse, RN: Elizabeth Terry, RN; and Sister Pam Falter. Winners absent from photo are Chelsea Ripperda, RN, and Kristin Bassimer, RN.

Media Contact

Ashley Gramann

HSHS Illinois
Office: 618-651-2588 or x12588

Latest News

Physicians honored for dedication and service

 July 1, 2022

HSHS St. Joseph's Foundation and SOGA honored with WIC surgery suite named in their honor


HSHS St. Joseph's welcomes new President and CEO

 June 27, 2022

HSHS today announced the appointment of Aaron Puchbauer to serve as President and CEO of St. Joseph's Breese


Water safety tips

 June 14, 2022

HSHS St. Joesph's Breese shares 4 tips to keep families safe around water this summer.