17 Mercy Health Network nurses recognized as ‘100 Great Iowa Nurses’

17 Mercy Health Network nurses recognized as ‘100 Great Iowa Nurses’

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The prestigious 2018 list recognizes registered nurses for their outstanding professional abilities and commitment to improving health care in their communities

Mercy Health Network is proud to announce that 17 nurses from throughout its integrated system of hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities have been selected for this year’s list of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses.  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.

Hundreds of nominations from around the state of Iowa were evaluated by reviewers and final selection 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.

“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.’’

The 17 Mercy Health Network nurses earning recognition for 2018 are: 

  • Teresa Culpepper, Covenant Medical Center
  • Laci Dykstra, Knoxville Hospital and Clinics
  • Dawn Eimers, Van Diest Medical Center
  • Kandra Hartman, Mercy Medical Center – Clinton
  • Mary Jane Hunt, Knoxville Hospital and Clinics
  • Lori Kennedy, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines
  • Nancy Kertz, Mercy College of Health Sciences
  • Michelle Kingland, Hospice of North Iowa
  • Karleen Looney, Mercy Medical Center – Clinton
  • Douglas Meyers, Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa
  • Sue Pankey, Davis County Hospital
  • Daniel Stabile, Mercy Clinics Family Medicine Ottumwa
  • Christina Van Beek, Mercy Home Care – Sioux City
  • Julie Waltenberger, Knoxville Hospital and Clinics
  • Meredith Willey, Mercy-Des Moines
  • Bryan Williams, Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa
  • Amber Wilson, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

According to Mercy Health Network Vice President of Quality and Safety Dave Hickman, “The high-quality, safe and compassionate care our nurses provide every day is truly exceptional. We believe we have the best nursing staff in the state, which is reaffirmed by the 17 nurses receiving this recognition for their leadership in nursing.” 

This year's 100 Great Iowa Nurses will be recognized on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the Iowa Events Center’s Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines during the 14th annual celebration.  The 2018 honorees will gather – along with more than 1,000 families, friends, colleagues and past years' recipients – to be recognized for their outstanding careers and achievements. For more information about 100 Great Iowa Nurses, please visit

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