GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A local hospital employee has been recognized statewide as Caregiver of the Year during the Indiana Hospital Association’s annual meeting.

Jill Raines (Courtesy of Greene County General Hospital)

Jill Raines is the Chief of Clinical Quality at Greene County General Hospital and was officially recognized for her efforts by being named the Douglas J. Leonard Indiana Caregiver of the Year.

According to a news release, Raines’ award was granted for her leadership in multiple quality initiatives that helped GCGH earn a rare Double 5 Star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“Jill’s leadership has been incredibly impactful in reducing maternal and infant mortality, which are top public health concerns in Indiana,” IHA President Brian Tabor said. “We know the earlier intervention occurs, the better the outcome for mother and baby. We are very pleased to publicly recognize Jill’s efforts to continuously make Indiana a better place to seek quality care.”

Raines began her career at GCGH as an obstetrical and emergency department nurse as well as house supervisor in 2003; she has worked at GCGH for two decades.

Raines is a graduate of Shakamak High School and received her Associate of Science in Nursing from Vincennes University before continuing her BSN, MSN, and MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.