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HSHS hospitals announce Nurse Exemplar Award recipients

May 22, 2023 


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Hospital News

Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, Wis.  –  Each year in May, as part of National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital each recognize one outstanding nursing colleague who exhibits excellence in caring for patients and families and has a superior level of knowledge and skill. This peer-nominated award is the highest a colleague can receive at the hospitals.

This years’ recipients are Kateri Hansen, RN at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and Alexis Brunner, RN at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital. Alexis and Kateri were presented with an award and flowers during a small ceremony the weeks of May 7 and May 14.

Kateri Hansen works with patients in the neuroscience and pediatric units at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. She also enjoys working with student nurses and recently took on the role of preceptor – someone who helps teach new nurses. 

The colleague who nominated Kateri for the award says her approachable and calm demeanor puts everyone at ease in stressful situations. “Kateri is always stepping in to lend a hand, even if her patient assignment is busy. She treats everyone that walks through the doors – visitors, patients and colleagues, with respect and kindness.”

Alexis Brunner at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital works in the medical/surgical department and is cross training to become a house supervisor, which means she will oversee daily clinical operations of one or more departments. 

In the nomination letter, Alexis’ colleague says she always finds a way to bring joy into most situations. “Alexis is very respectful…and provides high quality care while building a relationship with our patients, providers and colleagues. She is a very good critical thinker and is able to apply what she’s learned in one situation to others.”

This marks the 17th year HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital has awarded a Nurse Exemplar Award and is the seventh year HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital has chosen a recipient.
 
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About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

About HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1885, it has served the people of the Chippewa Falls area with health care that is high tech and high touch. Known locally for the quality of the care it provides patients, the hospital has been recognized nationally for its outstanding patient satisfaction levels. 

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 physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states - 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 www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.
HSHS hospitals announce Nurse Exemplar Award recipients
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