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

Nurse Leader of the Year
Michelle Herzberg, RN

Excellence in Nursing
Barb Zaloga, RN 

Preceptor of the Year
Kathryn Thole, RN

Charge Nurse of the Year
Emily Duffin, RN

Rookie of the Year
Jenna Long, RN

Partner in Nursing
Nikki Flam

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: Our winners of the Nurse Exemplar awards are pictured from left to right: Jenna Long, RN; Emily Duffin, RN; Nikki Flam, case manager; Kathryn Thole, RN; Barb Zaloga, RN; Chief Nursing Officer, Teresa Cornelius, standing in for Michelle Herzberg, RN.

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HSHS Illinois
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