Seventeen MercyOne heroes part of this year's 100 Great Iowa Nurses

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March 09, 2021
MercyOne care givers across Iowa have been announced as 100 Great Iowa Nurses of 2021. The 100 Great Nurses is an annual award recognizing nurses for their courage, competence and commitment to patients and the nursing profession. This year, MercyOne congratulates 17 incredible nurses across our health system as part of this honor.
“MercyOne would not be what it is today without the dedicated service from these amazing care givers.” said MercyOne President and CEO Bob Ritz. "These 17 heroes are tirelessly committed to personalizing care for our patients, families and communities. We thank them for their dedicated service.”
Congratulations to the following MercyOne nurses:
    Jill Arp, Manning Regional Healthcare Center Laura McDougall, MercyOne Clinton Medical Center
    Tyler Big Bow, MercyOne Siouxland (posthumously) Christie Milligan, MercyOne Newton Medical Center
    Kara Dickerson, MercyOne Centerville Medical     Center Lindsey Nelson, MercyOne Northeast Iowa
    Brianna Feckers, MercyOne Waterloo Medical     Center Jeff Sander-Welzien, MercyOne Clinton Medical Center
    Barbara Fitzgerald, MercyOne Siouxland Sheyanne Schultz, MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center
    Miranda Gebhart, Primghar Family Medicine Kasi Stephens, Monroe County Hospital
    Juanita Hughes, MercyOne Centerville Medical            Center Emily Taylor, Dallas County Hospital
    Heather Leshen, Monroe County Hospital Julie Tuel, MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center
    Diane Lyman, MercyOne Northeast Iowa  
Each year, the 100 Great Iowa Nurses program asks for patients, coworkers, friends and family members to nominate outstanding nurses for recognition. After undergoing a two-part review process, 100 Great Iowa Nurses are awarded. The award recipients will be recognized during a virtual ceremony on May 2.
Tyler Big Bow was a beloved nurse at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center. To honor Tyler’s commitment to personalized patient care with a smile, MercyOne Siouxland now awards the ‘Tyler Trophy’ each month to the nursing unit with the highest patient experience scores to honor growth and improvement within our nursing teams.
MercyOne has grown into one of the state’s largest providers of hospital and related health services and is a proud sponsor of 100 Great Iowa Nurses. Visit to learn more.
About MercyOne
MercyOne is a connected system of health care facilities and services dedicated to helping people and communities live their best life. At more than 20,000 colleagues strong, MercyOne makes health the highest priority. The system’s medical centers, clinics and affiliates are located throughout the state of Iowa and beyond. Headquartered in central Iowa, MercyOne was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost, not-for-profit Catholic health organizations. For more information, please visit

Adam Amdor, PR & Content Manager, 319-272-7330