Nurses play a crucial role in society; this year has really driven that point home. As healthcare workers on the front lines, they are rightfully being hailed as heroes who go to work every day despite the uncertainty of a global pandemic. Nursing is a selfless job that requires hard work and dedication, but also offers rewards few other professions can match.

Black Hills Parent, along with Rapid City Medical Center and Black Hills Surgical Hospital, honors these exceptional medical professionals every year based on nominations from readers, parents, doctors, coworkers, and hospital staff. Because there are so many wonderful, hard-working local nurses, this year we are pleased to acknowledge the efforts of seven nurses who are outstanding in their field.

Meet 2020’s Nurses of Excellence!

Theresa Lewis
LPN
Rapid City Medical Center The Skin Institute
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Brittni Lemmel
RN
Monument Health Spearfish
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Kassi Drewitz
BSN, RN-BC, CNML Nurse Manager, Clinical Coordination & Staffing
Monument Health
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Nancy Oligmueller
RN
Black Hills Surgical Hospital
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Kyleen Liebig
LPN
Black Hills Urgent Care
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Lindsey Bauerle
RN
Rapid City Medical Center
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Alison Thompson
RN/BSN
Rapid City OB/GYN
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WORDS: MARK PETRUSKA
PHOTOS: JESSE BROWN NELSON