MercyOne announces 18 statewide nursing award recipients

(ABC 6 News) – MercyOne Medical Center announced Monday that 18 of its staff were recognized among the 108 Great Iowa Nurses recognized in 2024.

The program, formerly called “100 Great Iowa Nurses,” reviews annual nominations from various healthcare organizations, then chooses its honorees based on “demonstrated service to patients, leadership, and mentoring, or serving as a role model.”

“We are proud of all our honorees. Their hard work and dedication to our patients, colleagues and MercyOne’s Mission and Vision is exemplary,” MercyOne’s chief nursing officer Kelly Richards said in a press release. “This recognition is important in validating our longstanding commitment to excellent personalized care in the communities we serve.” We appreciate the Great Iowa Nurses for this recognition.”

A full list of this year’s MercyOne recipients is below:

  • Anna Anderson, VanDiest Medical Center  
  • Lisa Andresen, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport 
  • Steven Barnhart, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport 
  • Kristen Ernsperger, MercyOne, Des Moines 
  • Jacquelyn Hart – Mercy One, Des Moines 
  • Maggie Kettwick – Mercy One, Des Moines 
  • Elizabeth Knief, MercyOne, Waterloo 
  • Kristen Loffswold, MercyOne, Siouxland 
  • Makayla Nims, MercyOne, Des Moines 
  • Christina Peterson, VanDiest Medical Center 
  • Andrea Queen, MercyOne, Siouxland 
  • Elizabeth Rogers – MercyOne, Bluebell Road Family Medicine, Cedar Falls 
  • Brenda K Rummel – Mercy One, Des Moines 
  • Bridget Saffold – MercyOne, Northeast Iowa 
  • Heather Scott, MercyOne, Des Moines 
  • Anna Schaub, MercyOne, Dubuque 
  • Charity Verbrugge, Palo Alto County Health System  
  • Carly Whitcomb, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport 

Recipients will be honored at a virtual ceremony later in 2024.