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CGH Celebrates Nurses Week

Hospital news | Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Contact: Nicole Bollman

Sterling, IL (May 5, 2020) In appreciation of all of our nurses, CGH Medical Center will celebrate National Nurses’ Week beginning May 6 and ending on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This event is held annually to recognize and highlight the hard work and commitment involved in nursing, the largest healthcare profession.

“During this week and all year round, we take this opportunity to celebrate our nurses and the difference they make in the lives of our patients and their loved ones every day,” said Dr. Paul Steinke, CGH President and CEO. “It is their daily contributions to the health and well-being of the patients we serve throughout the area that we are truly proud of.”

Developed in 1993 by the American Nurses Association, National Nurses Week is a time for everyone – patients, employers, and other health care professionals – to recognize the positive impact that nurses have on our health and in our community while focusing on the future of the profession as well. This year is extra special because it is the 200th anniversary of Nightingale’s birth. The International Council of Nurses has given the theme, “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health,” to demonstrate how nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges.

“We know that the demand for registered nursing services will continue to be greater than ever because of the aging American population and the continuing expansion of life-sustaining technologies,” said Kristie Geil, CGH Chief Nursing Officer. “More qualified registered nurses will be needed in the future to meet the increasingly complex needs of health care consumers not only across the country, but also here in the Sauk Valley and our surrounding communities.”

“In honor of our nurses’ caring attitude, teamwork and commitment to excellence,” Geil continued, “we celebrate our nurses and thank them for the quality work they provide all year round. You truly are the heartbeat of healthcare!”

CGH Medical Center employs over 800 nurses ranging from certified nurses aides to nurse practitioners with a variety of educational backgrounds and specialty certifications, including nurses who are working on the doctorate in nursing practice. The years of experience range from new graduates to 40+ years of experience.

CGH is currently taking applications for a variety of positions. For more information visit and click on employment.