April 3rd, 2009

Jill Hoover is Great River Health Systems' EXCEL Employee of the Year for service during 2008. She is a registered nurse and case manager at Great River Home Health Care and Hospice. She has worked at Great River Medical Center for more than 30 years.

Criteria for the employee of the year award are based on the health systems' philosophy of care. EXCEL stands for:

  • Enthusiastically friendly
  • X-ceeding expectations
  • Caring and compassion
  • Energetic teamwork
  • Leadership and professionalism

"Jill makes a difference in families' lives. She has an innate sense of what families and patients need. It is her gift," said coworker Janelle McGuire, who nominated Hoover for the award. "Her passion for hospice and expertise in symptom management are excellent. She does not give up when met with a challenge in patient care. She reads, learns about the disease process and management of symptoms. Jill is one of the most intelligent nurses I have ever met, yet she can educate patients and families at their learning levels."

Hoover a native of Mt. Union, Iowa. She lives in Burlington.