Injured by Abuse, Boy Advances Far Beyond Expectations

Genesis Medical Center
Davenport, IA

At three months old, the little boy’s brain was already swollen and bleeding from violent shaking. The brain bleeding was so severe doctors said the boy had only a 1 percent chance of long-term survival and if he did survive, he would not be able to talk, walk or function independently. Jack Burken, now 8…read more

Nurse Shows Why It’s ‘Never Just a Job’

Iowa Methodist Medical Center
Des Moines, IA

“Recently, my husband passed away from acute myeloid leukemia,” wrote Phyllis Foster. “Because of this diagnosis and treatment, he spent a great deal of time as an inpatient on Powell 3 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. During one of his longer visits over the holidays, the patients and staff were treated to…read more

Trustee: Hospital Filled with Passionate People

Boone County Hospital
Boone, IA

Like any community business person and leader, Troy Thompson of Boone has done his share of volunteering and committee work. He started to look for something more important and fulfilling — and he found it at the community hospital. “I remember saying to my wife, ‘I’m just done with these committees that don’t have a…read more

In Cancer Battle, She Fights for the Home Team

Trinity Regional Medical Center
Fort Dodge, IA

Christen Sewell enjoys a good challenge. And early in her career, she shouldered a big one when she became manager of  oncology and infusion services at the brand new cancer center at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge. As a highly trained radiation therapist, she is a front-line veteran in the…read more

Trustee Takes Pride in Her Hospital, Community

Waverly Health Center
Waverly, IA

Trustees are the critical connection between hospitals and the communities they serve. It is their mission to form and guide the hospital’s vision while representing the interests of the community. In Waverly, Susan Vallem has proudly fulfilled that role in the local hospital for decades. “I enjoy seeing the interaction between the community and hospitals….read more

Mother and Son Thrive as Clinton Hospital Nurses

Mercy Medical Center-Clinton
Clinton, IA

Carol and Justin Nylin love their nursing jobs at Mercy Medical Center and serving their hometown of Clinton. “I am proud to be an employee of Mercy Hospital,” says Carol. “I have a lot of coworkers and a lot of nurses that I know that I know that they give good care…We’re all the advocates…read more

Thoughtfulness Makes Return to Hospital a Little Sweeter

Cass County Memorial Hospital
Atlantic, IA

Jim Bireline recently spent a few days as an inpatient at Cass County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) in Atlantic, where he was pleased with his care, but of course very happy to go home.  Much to his dismay, he was re-admitted within just a couple months. Even though his care had been great, and his daughter-in-law…read more

With Speech Therapist, a Patient Finds His Words

Pella Regional Health Center
Pella, IA

In 2013, Merlin Kooistra of Pella had a health event that left him in the hospital for 17 days, while a few of those days he was in a coma. He considers himself to be very lucky to be alive, but it’s been a tough journey toward his new normal. “My speech was so terrible…read more

Independence Hospital Encourages Lifelong Wellness among Youth

Buchanan County Health Center
Independence, IA

The Wellness Center team at Buchanan County Health Center (BCHC) in Independence has made youth engagement in wellness and healthy living a high priority. SPARK! Igniting Health Kids began in 2009 with funding from a Wellmark Small Communities grant. It was piloted in the Independence Community School District and has now expanded into the East…read more

Hospital Provides Leadership, Coordination for Madison County Cares

Madison County Healthcare System
Winterset, IA

Years ago, at the founding of Madison County Cares, Madison County Health Care System (MCHCS) took a lead role. MCHCS saw this as an opportunity to bring together allies in the effort to make Madison County a healthier place to live, work and play, and through Madison County Cares, this objective was being addressed, especially…read more