St. Louis is proud to be a national leader in health care and medical/life sciences research. Our medical institutions draw top talent from around the globe. For the third consecutive year, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reaffirmed this reputation and honored the area’s nursing professionals with the Nurses: The Heart of Health Care program - a contest, section and recognition event supported by presenting sponsor BJC HealthCare and title sponsors Centene Corporation and Mercy.

The nurses encountered throughout the five-month program share several identifying characteristics: compassion, respect and empathy. They work in hospitals, clinics, schools, residential facilities, in-home care and even virtually. They educate, console, relate, comfort and endear themselves to patients and families.

These tireless professionals deserve every bit of recognition during National Nurses Week which began on May 6.

More than 300 were nominated and 101 were finalists. Nine were chosen by a panel of independent judges. One was voted by the readers. Introducing the 10 Winners of the Nurses: Heart of Health Care Contest. To learn more about the program, click here.