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Nursing Legacy Award winners named

Courtesy photo Those presenting the 2020 Nursing Legacy Award included: Lori Wiegand, Chief Nursing Officer, OSF HealthCare, Dave Lord, President, OSF St. Francis Hospital, Jill Deno, Oncology Nurse Navigator, OSF St. Francis Hospital, Lacey Crabb, Chief Nursing Officer, OSF St. Francis Hospital, and Carol Friesen, CEO, OSF HealthCare Northern Region.

ESCANABA — OSF HealthCare has announced the recipients of the 2020 Nursing Legacy Award, including Jill Deno, BSN, RN, Oncology Nurse Navigator at OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center.

The I Am an OSF Nurse Legacy Award is given annually to recognize and celebrate an individual that has demonstrated the attributes of the founding Sisters of OSF HealthCare. Individuals considered for this distinction have demonstrated a commitment to others through avenues such as:

– Fund raising/philanthropy

– Giving the gift of time and/or service to family, friends, community or state

– Demonstrate a lasting difference in the lives of others by using their God given talents and nursing skills to extend the Mission outside the walls of OSF

– Display attributes of spirituality and holistic nursing

Jill Deno shares the 2020 award honor, presented posthumously, with Molly Nicholson, Chief Nurse Officer, OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart and OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Centers in Illinois.

Deno joined the OSF St. Francis Oncology Clinic in August of 2019, providing and building support for oncology patients has been driven by her personal experience, not only as a cancer survivor, but as a fellow patient who received treatment in the OSF St. Francis clinic. Deno has spearheaded, organized, and implemented a Cancer Support Group at OSF St. Francis Hospital. She developed an immunotherapy teach book for patients and has shared her cancer journey and her passion through implementing and expanding the Cancer Support Group to an online platform to accommodate the present times and the need for support.

Deno obtained funding for Treatment Tote’s for oncology patients receiving treatment, packed with comfort items to ease their time in the treatment chair. In addition, she provides support to cancer patients post-operatively, patients struggling with family that has not accepted their cancer diagnosis, and patients reaching out for help validating their feelings of anger and acceptance.

Deno was recognized with the award during the I Am an OSF Nurse Symposium that was held virtually on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 across the OSF Ministry and presented with the physical award on October 14.

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