2023 Woman of Distinction – Jamie Counsell

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Jamie Counsell: Mercyhealth

Jamie Counsell started her career in healthcare in 2001. She graduated from nursing school with her Associates Degree in 2009 and hit the ground running in Labor & Delivery. During her L&D days she pursued a passion for Forensic Nursing and applied for a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner position in 2012. From there she transitioned into the Emergency Department and eventually landed a role as Mercy Janesville’s Sexual Assault Program Coordinator in 2015. Most recently Jamie accepted a Team Lead position with Mercyhealth System to cover both Rock County and Rockford, IL. In the meantime she acquired her Bachelors Degree and now recently started a Graduate program for a Healthcare Law Degree.

Her love for Forensics came from a personal and traumatic experience in her life. She has since taken that experience and modeled a trauma informed care approach to her patient population. Jamie and her program see all ages (birth through death), all genders/identities, all races, cultures and any human who needs support and services. Her program is the only one in Rock County and also serves eight other counties – she is staffed 24/7. Jamie constantly works with community members as well as Law Enforcement, Human Services, Advocacy programs, School Districts, Medical Professionals and any and everybody who is willing to listen and learn. During COVID a lot of outside resources were not responding “in-person” for victims of crime so Jamie found a way to comfort her patient population by forming the “Blanket Buddies” program. This program not only encouraged community members to stay involved it also reinforced an aspect of compassion to victims/survivors that they are loved and cared for.

Jamie stays up to date with education and belongs to more than 25 committees locally and statewide.