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EvansPaulettePaulette Evans    Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) has announced the appointment of Paulette Evans, RN, MSN, CPPS as president and CEO of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital (SJB) in Breese. She has been serving as SJB’s interim president and CEO following the resignation of Mark Klosterman in June.
    Evans has served with SJB for 40 years, starting as a nursing assistant in 1974. During the past four decades, she has served in a variety of clinical leadership roles including evening and night nursing supervisor, and director of Ambulatory Surgery and Emergency Department. For the past 15 years Evans has been SJB’s chief nursing officer.
    “I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead St. Joseph’s Hospital, which has been like a second home to me. We have such an incredible team dedicated to carrying on the mission of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis and providing exceptional care for our patients and their families. It is such an honor to work with my colleagues at St. Joseph’s and HSHS and I look forward to building on the successes we’ve accomplished,” said Evans.
    As a senior leader at SJB, Evans has been instrumental in making the hospital a high performer in patient satisfaction, quality and safety. During her tenure as chief nursing officer, SJB has consistently scored in the top 1 percent on such measures as HCAHPS and clinical core measures. This year, SJB was named a Truven Top 100 hospital and ranked among the top 25 best hospitals in the country for Value Based Purchasing scores.
    “Paulette has proven that she is a highly successful leader who has an innate ability to organize and motivate her colleagues to accomplish goals and provide an exceptional experience for the patient. We’re delighted that Paulette will bring her 40 years of experience at St. Joseph’s to this leadership position. Clinton County and the patients we serve are fortunate to have such a strong leader with deep local connections,” said Mary Starmann-Harrison, president and CEO, Hospital Sisters Health System.”
    “Paulette is a very skilled patient care executive who has a proven track record improving patient care, patient satisfaction and safety. Her exceptional skills as nurse executive have gained her the respect of the Board, medical staff, colleagues and the community,” said John Hudspeth, board chair, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital.
    Evans is a native of Carlyle. She holds a diploma in nursing from DePaul Hospital School of Nursing; a bachelor’s degree in nursing from McKendree College; and a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in community health nursing from Southern Illinois University. She is a certified professional in patient safety.
    Paulette and her husband Darrell have three adult children and six grandchildren.

    Editor’s Note: the following article was submitted by classic car enthusiast Virgil Voss of St. Rose, who is now the second owner of a 1954 Ford Crestline Convertible which he spent the past 10 years restoring.
    Submitted by Virgil Voss
 Car8865Virgil Voss of St. Rose poses for a photo with the 1954 Ford convertible which he, with help from many others, spent the past 10 years restoring. The restoration was completed in 2013. Virgil and his wife Mary Lou now enjoy displaying their classic at area car shows and just simply cruising.   This story begins in 1955 when Ron Sellers of Breese was working at the Hecht Ford dealership in Highland.
    Hecht Ford had some demonstrator cars and one happened to be a 1954 Ford Sky Haze Green Crestline Convertible with a dark top. Ron fell in love with this car and had to have it. He finally traded his 1953 Ford 4-door sedan for the 1954 convertible. Although the continental kit was already on the car, Ron added dual spotlights and wider fender skirts. He also added a front hood scoop and Olds bullet taillights.
    Ron was very particular with his car and not too many people drove his convertible. One person that did get to drive it was his sister, Donna (Sellers) Eversgerd. She drove it only once. The last person to drive the car was Ron's stepson, Dean Mickelson.
    Ron used to drag race his car against friends cars on Breese-Germantown Road. Ron's '54 Ford had a high second gear and most of the time when the other car was racing in third gear, Ron would pass him in second gear.
    Ron drove the car from 1955 through 1965. He then parked it in a garage  at the salvage yard he and his wife Mary owned south of Breese.

    Clinton County Board Chairman Ray Kloeckner announced this week that Travis Crocker of Breese has been named the interim director of the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA).
    At its monthly meeting on Oct. 20, the County Board accepted a letter of resignation from former director Tony Falconio, also of Breese.
    Board member Steve Heiligenstein, who is chairman of the board’s Personnel/Labor Committee, noted at the meeting that the county will be seeking applicants for a part-time CCEMA director to fill the position. Falconio had served as a full-time director. 
    In his letter of resignation, Falconio stated that he is resigning “effective immediately” to pursue another career.
    He stated, “I want to thank the CCEMA volunteers, both past and present, who have answered the call in the time of need and without them, we would not have been able to accomplish what we have. I will be forever in debt to them. I also thank the men and women of the fine emergency response departments in Clinton County. Standing with them on multiple emergency scenes will be a memory that I will always treasure. I want to thank you and your board members for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Clinton County for the past four years.”
     Travis Crocker has served as a CCEMA volunteer for the past several years, and his father, Dick Crocker of Carlyle was agency director of CCEMA (formerly called Emergency Services and Disaster Agency) for 17 years. Falconio was appointed in August 2010 to replace Dick Crocker as director.

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