CHI St. Alexius Health Announces Excellence in Nursing Awards

CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck announces its 2016 Excellence in Nursing Award recipients. Five nurses were recognized by their colleagues as individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty in the profession of nursing and make significant contributions to the profession of nursing.

"We take this opportunity to recognize these nurses who have exemplified the high quality of care here at CHI St. Alexius Health” states Kurt Schley, president of CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck. “These nurses help raise the bar and keep CHI St. Alexius Health moving forward towards ever increasing levels of leadership, expertise, quality, care and compassion in our healing work.”

Judy Fischer, RN, received the Excellence in Teaching Award for significant contributions to the education of colleagues, students, patients or families. Judy is a nurse in the Transitional Care Unit and started her career at CHI St. Alexius Health in 2001.



Mary Ludwig, RN, received the Excellence in Precepting Award for outstanding nursing practice as demonstrated through orientation of new nursing staff and precepting of students. Mary has served on numerous committees within the medical center and at a national level on the board for the Society of Pediatric Nurses. She is a nurse in the Children’s Unit and started her career at CHI St. Alexius Health in 1988.


Melissa Scheresky, RN, received the Excellence in Community Service Award for significant contributions to promote health in the community. Prior to becoming a nurse and case manager with CHI Health at Home, Melissa served as director of nursing at Garrison Memorial Hospital. She has more than 20 years working in the healthcare field.


Peggy Urlacher, RN, received the Excellence in Evidence Based Practice Award. This award is given to a nurse who has completed evidence-based practice changes contributing to improvements in patient care, nursing practice and/or education. Peggy brings more than 24 years of nursing experience to her current role as resource nurse in the Telemetry Unit. She started working at CHI St. Alexius Health in 2009, and began her current role in 2013.

Cindy Scott, RN, was the recipient of the 2016 Nightingale Nursing Award. This award recognizes individuals with a long tradition at CHI St. Alexius Health and honors a nurse who has made outstanding contributions to nursing throughout an active nursing practice of 40 or more years. Cindy began her career at CHI St. Alexius Health in 1974. She has filled multiple roles during her time as a floor nurse, doing outpatient education at Well Baby Clinic, and most recently as the Women’s and Children’s Unit primary lactation consultant.


“These nurses are role models, teachers, friends and colleagues.” said Rosanne Schmidt, chief nursing officer at CHI St. Alexius Health. “Congratulations to each of them for their commitment to nursing excellence and dedication to our mission of healing.”