Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center Honors New Lenox Resident Deb Koehler with H.O.P.E Award

Deb Koehler was sitting at her desk at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) when she received a surprised visit by her husband, children and grandchildren.  As her name was announced over the Medical Center’s public address system, she understood what this moment meant.

“I was in shock after hearing my name called as the H.O.P.E. Award recipient,” said Koehler.  “Having my whole family there to share this remarkable moment with me made it a day I will never forget.  I am truly blessed.”

Koehler, a New Lenox resident, is the Department Secretary for Cardiac Services for PSJMC.  She was nominated for the award by two of her peers.  One nomination stated that Deb “serves PSJMC with amazing patience, organization, and preparedness.  She displays a cooperative and harmonious spirit and goes the extra mile to make everyone’s day easier.”

Deb Koehler

Koehler added, “To know someone took the time to write thoughtful and caring words about the job I do will touch my heart forever.”   

Presence Health launched the employee recognition program, the H.O.P.E. awards, to celebrate the health system’s values in action: Honesty, Oneness, People and Excellence.  The H.O.P.E. awards recognize employees who exemplify Presence Health Values through their daily work with patients, residents and colleagues, and also serve as respected role models in their communities.

Koehler received a $500 cash prize and overnight stay following the Presence Health System H.O.P.E. Awards presentation at the W Chicago Hotel on Friday, November 6, 2015.

“The H.O.P.E. Award is the highest recognition of our Presence Health core values, and I am so proud of Deb for demonstrating these values to her colleagues and patients each and every day,” said Kathleen Rhine, President & CEO, Presence Health South Suburban Region.  “Deb joins our past H.O.P.E. nominees and recipients who have set a high standard of care and compassion at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.”

 Deb Koehler with Family

Deb Koehler was surprised at work by her family as she learns of her selection as a 2015 Presence Health H.O.P.E. Award recipient.



Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center is a regional referral center recognized for overall Clinical Excellence. Recently named to the “Top Hospitals” in Chicagoland area by Chicago magazine, St. Joseph Medical Center serves Will and surrounding counties, including the southwest Chicago suburbs. The medical center, located in Joliet, offers private patient rooms and world-class health care. Designated as a Primary Stroke Center, Presence Neuroscience Institute also provides 24/7 neurosurgeons, neurologists and neuroendovascular interventionalists. Recognized nationally for advanced cardiac care including a world-class open heart program, St. Joe’s also offers family-centered obstetrics, and a Level II Trauma Center.  

About Presence Health
Created in November 2011, Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence health has 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of $2.6 billion.

Find a Doctor