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Annual 100 Great Iowa Nurses List Recognizes Mercy Colleagues for Excellence

March 7, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa¬≠ — Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is proud to announce four of its registered nurses were named to the prestigious annual list of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses, with a total of 15 nurses honored across Mercy Health Network’s integrated system of hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities. The award promotes nursing excellence and recognizes nurses in Iowa who have made a meaningful and lasting contribution to humanity and their profession, and act as mentors to others.

Recipients from Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines are: 

  • Lori Kennedy, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines
  • Nancy Kertz, Mercy College of Health Sciences
  • Daniel Stabile, Mercy Clinics Family Medicine Ottumwa
  • Amber Wilson, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

Recipients from across Mercy Health Network are:

  • Teresa Culpepper, Covenant Medical Center
  • Laci Dykstra, Knoxville Hospital and Clinics
  • Dawn Eimers, Van Diest Medical Center
  • Kandra Hartman, Mercy Medical Center – Clinton
  • Michelle Kingland, Hospice of North Iowa
  • Karleen Looneey, Mercy Medical Center – Clinton
  • Douglas Meyers, Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa
  • Sue Pankey, Davis County Hospital
  • Christina Van Beek, Mercy Home Care – Sioux City
  • Bryan Williams, Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa

“We are so proud of the Mercy Health Network nurses selected from across the state of Iowa for demonstrating excellence in practice and a commitment to their profession,” said Bob Ritz, president and CEO of Mercy Health Network. “Our patients benefit from their professionalism, leadership and the quality and compassionate care they provide.”

More than 500 Iowa nurses were nominated for this honor, submitted for consideration by patients, colleagues and friends. Those selected are known for their courage, competence and commitment to the field of nursing. The final list was determined by representatives of the Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Foundation, Iowa Hospital Association, Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders, Iowa Nurse Practitioner Society, Iowa Emergency Nurses Association and the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

This year’s honorees will be recognized at the 14th annual celebration of Iowa’s Great Nurses on Sunday, May 6, at the Iowa Events Center’s Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. The event is a prelude to National Nurses Week, May 6-12. View the entire list at www.greatnurses.org.

About Mercy Medical Center

Mercy operates four not-for-profit, Catholic hospital campuses, with a total of 875 beds, along with more than 20 additional facilities that house more than 50 primary care, pediatric, internal medicine and specialty clinics. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines is the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines and is also one of the largest employers in the state – with more than 7,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians and allied health associates.  Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines operates as a local health system within Mercy Health Network and is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system based in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 17 states and includes 100 hospitals, as well as long-term care, assisted- and residential living communities; community health services organizations; home health agencies and outpatient facilities and services.

About Mercy Health Network

Mercy Health Network is a partnership between two of the nation’s largest Catholic health care systems – Catholic Health Initiatives and Trinity Health. This partnership created a regional health system consisting of more than 40 hospitals, 230 clinics and more than 20,000 colleagues serving Iowa and communities in surrounding states. To learn more, go to www.mercyhealthnetwork.com.