Exceptional Nurses Nomination

Black Hills Parent’s Salute to Nurses will celebrate exceptional nursing professionals across the Black Hills in the upcoming Summer 2020 issue.

Has a nurse made an impact on you or a loved one’s life?
Who has inspired you with their comfort, care and skills?

If a nurse has touched your life, or deserves recognition for their dedication to improving our community, please submit a nomination as a thank you for their care.

We are looking for those who go above and beyond the call of duty—whether it be a nurse from a hospital, private practice, or school; a nurse who specializes in women’s health, hospice, pediatrics, research, education, etc.

We’ll start accepting nominations for our Nurses of Excellence in March, 2020. Subscribe to our eLetter for more information. 

See our past Nurses of Excellence:


Kerry Leighty, RN, BSN – School Nurse for Rapid City Area Schools

Kris Simonds, Chief Nursing Officer, BSN, RN, Black Hills Surgical Hospital

Jolene M. Hartley, Operating Room Nurse & Research Coordinator, Black Hills Surgical Hospital

Kayla Arnold, BSN, RN, CBC, Regional Health – Rapid City Hospital

Stacy Barnes, RN, Rapid City Medical Center


LaToya Phillipe, RN, BSN – Regional Health Rapid City Hospital

Julie Williams, LPN – Black Hills Urgent Care

Holly Christianson, RN – Regional Health Sturgis Hospital

Barbara Peterson, RN – Black Hills Surgical Hospital

Valerie Iddings, RN – Dermatology at Rapid City Medical Center

Roxann “Roxy” Sweeter, LPN – Rapid City Medical Center 

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Corinne Blomme, RN – Black Hills Surgical Hospital

Kari Nielsen, RN – Black Hills Pediatrics

Jessica Kearns, MSN, MHA, RN – Rapid City Medical Center

Rikki Palggemeyer, RN – Sturgis Regional Hospital

Jennifer King, RN – Meade Co. Community Health Services

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Wendy Crews, RN – Rapid City Regional Hospital

Carisa Hayes, LPN – Rapid City Medical Center

Hali Olson, RN – Black Hills Urgent Care

Gloria Hauan, RN – Black Hills Imaging Center

Gail Eckert, LPN – Rapid City Medical Center

Lisa Engler, RN – Rapid City Regional