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Four nurses from the Department of Surgery have been named to the list of 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2013. Congratulations to the honorees!
Trisha Godard Shepherd - Division of Transplantation and Hepatobiliary SurgeryJoshua Petersen - Division of Pediatric SurgeryKristel Wetjen - Division of Pediatric SurgeryJeanette Wigim - Division of Transplantation and Hepatobiliary SurgeryThe Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Foundation, Iowa Hospital Association, and University of Iowa College of Nursing have partnered to create this event that celebrates nursing by honoring 100 nurses from around the state each year. Colleagues, patients, doctors, friends, and family members submit nominations.UI Hospitals and Clinics received the prestigious Magnet Hospital Designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2004, becoming the first hospital in Iowa to earn the international award. It then became the first hospital in the state to be recognized a second time as a Magnet hospital in 2008.
The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics has once again been verified as a Level I Trauma Center and as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance.
Based on a rigorous review, the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association--two national organizations--jointly identified the UI Hospitals and Clinics Burn Treatment Center as a verified burn care center for high-quality care, making us the only verified burn center in Iowa (2006). We are one of only 40 to 45 burn centers in the United States that is officially verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons. The center treats more than 800 adult and pediatric burn and trauma patients each year.
UI Obesity Surgery is an internationally respected program that has received several designations that underscore the program's demonstrated track record of outstanding clinical outcomes and comprehensive commitment to the highest level of bariatric care.
Two nurses from the Surgery Specialty Clinic have been named to the list of 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2012. Donna Dolezal and Sandra Roberts have been recognized for their qualities of outstanding leadership, society participation, and their contributions to the mission and vision of their clinical services.
Gastroenterology and GI Surgery at the UI Hospitals and Clinics were recently recognized in the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report as a high performer in Eastern Iowa.