RISEing Stars of the Year


Susan Wathen, HRHS Vice President – Human Resources, announced the RISEing Stars of the Year at the Service Awards Banquet on September 21, 2017. This year’s recipients are Leann Teigen, Supervisor/Ultrasound and Kelsi Duncan, PCT Float/Nursing Adm.

The RISEing Star program allows team members to nominate peers whose performance consistently reflects the organization’s values of Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence. Team members must first be chosen as a RISEing Star of the Quarter to be eligible for RISEing Star of the Year. All Hannibal Regional team members are eligible for this recognition.

Leann Teigen – Supervisor-Ultrasound

Leann began with Hannibal Regional July 14, 1992 as a Sonographer. In April 2012 she was promoted to Senior Ultra sonographer. Leann was then promoted to Supervisor – Ultrasound in September 2014.  The person nominating Leann wrote:

“It is impossible to summarize in a few words what kind of sonographer Leann is. Starting in 1992, Leann has devoted the last 25 years of her life to caring for a unique and complex group of patients. She is a born leader, and has made countless contributions to make ultrasound what it is today. She is an instrument in the facilitation of family-centered care, and embraces challenges and change with innovative strategies. Leann’s most notable quality is her leadership skills. As a leader, Leann continuously shows staff what it means to feel supported. Whether it is staying late to help the sonographers to finish their work, talking you through your first exam or managing high patient flow in staffing shortages, Leann is the person you want at your side when times become challenging.  She has been invaluable in this role, and works tirelessly to enable her staff to succeed.

Leann does whatever it takes to best support the sonographers that she manages. One example of this is the support she gave her team during staffing shortages and starting up the OB sonographer program. She worked long hours performing exams, studied high-risk OB and helped make sure that we had everything needed to have a well-developed OB sonographer program begin. During this stressful time she never showed the stress to her patients or team members. She understands the value of family-centered practice, and makes it a priority. Her role was instrumental in making this transition as smooth as possible.

Leann is the backbone of the ultrasound department. Her leadership, knowledge, family centered approach, have shaped and impacted numerous sonographers, patients, families, and the unit as a whole. I am honored to have gotten the opportunity to learn from Leann and work side by side with her. I cannot think of another person who is more deserving of a RISEing Star of the quarter award, because simply put, Leann is an extraordinary leader, team member and sonographer.”


Kelsi Duncan – Patient Care Tech /  Float–Nursing Administration

Kelsi began with the organization on November 10, 2014 as a Patient Care Tech in MedSurg/Peds. On August 2, 2015 she transferred to Nursing Administration as a Patient Care Tech.  The person nominating her wrote:

“Kelsi is the most compassionate person that I have ever met. She always has a smile on her face, and always talks to everyone in a respectable manner. She always greets everyone in passing. She not only does what she needs to do on a daily basis, but she does whatever is asked of her. She goes above and beyond what is expected of her. She is a blessing to this hospital and all of the patients and family members she comes in contact with.”

Another person wrote: “I am really not sure where to start on nominating Kelsi for the RISEing Star. There is really no ONE instance where Kelsi shines because she shines all the time. With every interaction with patients, family and coworkers, Kelsi is a positive force of nature. She has an uncanny ability to read people and their mood and to know exactly what they need when they need it. She is always ready with a smile, a hug or a simple word of encouragement. She often sits down with her patients and just talks to them. She gives freely of her time and of her heart. I never worry when Kelsi works my floor because I know that my patients are getting the best possible care both physically and mentally. Kelsi cares for the whole person and does not just focus on the diagnosis. As Kelsi pursues her degree in nursing, this will be what makes her extraordinary. I cannot wait to see the successes Kelsi has in her career but more importantly, the impact she will have on the nursing profession. Kelsi is someone to keep an eye on as she grows and learns because she will change the world someday.”