Prairie CARE Awards

At Prairie Cardiovascular, our colleagues care for our patients, their families and each other. To CARE means to:

  • Connect through our actions

  • Appreciate with our words

  • Respond to our needs

  • Express a positive attitude


Through these behaviors, we live out our mission every day. The Prairie CARE Award was created to recognize colleagues each month who are consistently exhibiting these behaviors to all with whom they come into contact. Winners will receive $50 credit to the Prairie store, a certificate and recognition from senior leadership. Their profiles are also featured below.

Featured Physician of the Month – August 2020


Holly A. Novak, MD, Cardiology

Congratulations to Holly A. Novak, MD, our August 2020 Featured Physician of the Month. Dr. Novak has been serving the patients at Prairie for more than 18 years. As a cardiologist, Dr. Novak focuses on educating her patients about how to reduce their risk of heart disease. Her goal is to develop a strong prevention program with an emphasis on women’s cardiovascular health.

Dr. Novak practices at HSHS Medical Group Multispecialty Care at 2901 Old Jacksonville Road in Springfield.

Dr. Novak’s patients appreciate her compassionate grace combined with her comprehensive skills and experience.

“Dr. Novak, is a wonderful doctor; very concerned for her patient.”


“Dr. Novak is truly the most caring doctor ever! She listens and is very patient; she’s very honest I respect that.”


“I have referred several friends and family members to Dr. Novak. Everyone has been pleased with their care.”


“Excellent experience as usual! I would highly recommend this clinic and Dr. Holly Novak!”


Featured Colleague of the Month – August 2020


Nova Lee, Physician Practice Manager

We’re honored to recognize Nova Lee, the Physician Practice Manager at our Decatur locations at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital and the Decatur North clinic. Nova’s leadership and skills have benefitted Prairie for 21 years. Her team has received the Patients’ Choice Awards for “Best Location” in honor of receiving the highest scores in patient experience surveys in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Nova excels in her ability to listen and care for her colleagues and patients. In our current ever-changing workplace environment, Nova is a flexible problem solver. Her outstanding leadership empowers her team to give the very best care to our patients each and every day!

Here’s what she has to say about working at Prairie:

“The best part of working at Prairie Cardiovascular is the people, both patients and colleagues. I love to make a difference, whether it be in the details of running a clinic or in the lives of patients and coworkers. The Decatur team is like a family to me. We’ve had many laughs and tears, but in the end, we pull together as a focused team.”

Outside of Prairie, Nova enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage sons, working in the garden, playing the piano and enjoying the simple side of life.