Riverside employee

A Riverside Medical Center employee secures her mask as she walks into the hospital.

KANKAKEE — Five Riverside Healthcare nurses facing possible termination or suspension at week’s end were granted a lifeline Monday in Kankakee County Circuit Court.

At the conclusion of a nearly three-hour hearing Monday, Associate Judge Nancy Nicholson granted a temporary restraining order filed by six Riverside nurses or nurse practitioners.

The ruling applies to nurse practitioners Neelie Panozzo and Kathryn Hamblen; and nurses, Valerie Kietzman, Judy Busato and Carmen Wymore.

Lee Provost, an award-winning reporter, has been writing local news stories for The Daily Journal since 1988. He is a lifelong resident of the region. Provost can be reached at lprovost@daily-journal.com.

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