Presence Life Connections
During National Nurses Week May 6 through 12 Presence Saint Anne Center Honors Nurse
Nurse Val Saintsbury once said, “Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.” Nurses at Presence Saint Anne Center in Rockford dish out compassion, love, hugs and comfort to short-term rehabilitation patients, long-term residents and their loved ones because they care.

One licensed practical nurse, Beth Jogerst, LPN, has made a lasting impact on countless Rockford residents by providing a loving touch, hand to hold and friendly motivation to patients and residents over the years during their stay at Presence Saint Anne Center.

During her time caring for residents on the long-term care unit, Jogerst not only provides superior clinical care, she helps patients and loved ones adjust to their new normal—life in a skilled nursing center. Like most nurses, her ability to read the faces of her residents and their family members and friends comes naturally to her and allows her to respond accordingly, whether that is with a compassionate touch, an ear to listen to a life story or a hug.

“Beth’s patients trust her and when asked they describe her as always pleasant, having a good sense of humor, hard-working, compassionate, and someone who takes time to listen, know and understand her patients,” says Linda Houlihan, LNHA, Administrator, Presence Saint Anne Center.

Jorgerst’s co-workers rely on her just as much as her residents and family members do because of her natural leadership and generosity.

“Her energetic personality is undeniable,” remarks Houlihan. “Beth quickly became a leader on her unit because she takes ownership of her work and leads by example with her willingness to help others and loyalty to her patients and co-workers. She is an inspiration to others and an asset to have on our team. We all are grateful and proud to have Beth Jogerst on the Presence Saint Anne Center nursing team!”

“Beth is just one example of the hundreds of excellent nurses and nursing assistants we have across the organization,” said Joseph Hugar, President and CEO, Presence Life Connections, the parent company of Presence Saint Anne Center. “Each of our outstanding nursing associates starts the day caring for their own family and then they arrive at work ready to care tirelessly for their second family—those who we are privileged to care for. I cannot thank the nursing staff enough for their professional expertise, but most of all for their personalized touch and smile, which contributes greatly to the care, peace, and overall health and wellbeing of each and every one of our patients and residents.”

Jorgest is just one of many talented and caring Presence Saint Anne Center associates to be recognized during National Nurses Week, May 6 – 12. National Nurses Week, established by the American Nurses Association (founded 1896), is a professional celebration and public acknowledgement honoring the critically important health care contributions that the women and men of nursing make to hospitals, clinics and nursing facilities in our community. National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, birthday of the founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale.

Presence Saint Anne Center is a Joint Commission accredited skilled nursing and rehabilitation center providing short-term rehabilitation, intermediate and skilled nursing care, hospice care and respite stays. For more information about Presence Saint Anne Center, visit or call 815.229.1999.

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