Each year, the Springfield Business Journal features 40 individuals in Springfield and surrounding communities that have made significant contributions to the Springfield business community as well as their own community.
Springfield Clinic TeleNurse Manager Jokima Christison was selected as a member of this year’s Forty Under 40 class. She is honored to represent Springfield Clinic as a business leader in central Illinois in this way. Jokima attributes this recognition in large part to the opportunities being a leader at Springfield Clinic has afforded her. As TeleNurse manager, she’s met several colleagues who have become mentors and has been able to attend numerous leadership development initiatives. “There have been a lot of people at Springfield Clinic over the years I’ve been here who have been willing to help and lend their expertise to help me develop as a leader,” she says.
Jokima hopes that this award will put a spotlight on the TeleNurse Department as a whole because she is proud of her team’s contributions toward Springfield Clinic’s larger ‘community of caring.’ The nurses and patient access specialists with the TeleNurse team, Jokima says, are dedicated people who do this because they really enjoy helping people. “We have to be there to support one another, so that’s what my team does regardless of the hour or the day,” she says. “They are here to be there for both their colleagues and our patients.”
Last winter, Jokima went through the Springfield Chamber of Commerce’s “Leadership Springfield” program and connected with business leaders around the area with whom she developed invaluable relationships in the time since. As TeleNurse works towards new initiatives and innovative solutions for health telecommunications issues, Jokima has been able to reach out to local contacts and find out what has worked best for them and take that information back to her own team.
Jokima ultimately hopes that this recognition will lead her to more leadership development opportunities while also reflecting the hard work and dedication of the TeleNurse team as a whole. “When you’re a leader, you’re doing it because you enjoy helping,” she says. “As a nurse, I enjoyed helping people, and now I feel like I’m able to do that on a much greater scale. So I feel very blessed with all of the opportunities I’ve been given and thankful that I get to improve our services or make a difference in the lives of one of our employees every day.”