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March 12, 2007

UI Nursing Professionals Added To 'Great Iowa Nurses' List

Ten University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics nursing specialists will be honored as elite members in their profession during the "100 Great Iowa Nurses" celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the Hy-Vee Conference Center in Des Moines.

During the 2007 celebration, the UI nurses will join 26 of their UI colleagues who previously received recognition for their courage, competence and commitment to patients and the nursing profession since the "100 Great Iowa Nurses" program began in 2005.

The new honorees from UI Hospitals and Clinics include:

-- Gail Crowe, Center for Digestive Diseases

-- Barbara Hannon, Nursing Services and Patient Care

-- Beverly Herman, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Children's Hospital of Iowa

-- Vicki Kraus, Diabetes Education, Medical Surgical Services

-- Gayle Nelson, Student Health Service

-- Susan Olson, Perioperative Division

-- Alison Pauley, Burn Treatment Center

-- Margaret (Peg) Raab, Nursing Supervisor in Children's and Women's Services

-- Traci Stewart, UI Heart and Vascular Care

-- Rich Young, Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Children's Hospital of Iowa

"These individuals are truly worthy of being honored as 'Great Iowa Nurses' because they represent the very best attributes of their profession," said Donna Katen-Bahensky, senior associate vice president for medical affairs and CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics. "As a group, they and their colleagues are invaluable to helping provide outstanding patient care to every patient, every time, every day."

Approximately 2,000 nursing professionals work in the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care in UI Hospital and Clinics. The department 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.

The Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Foundation and the UI 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.

To see the list of this year's and past years' honorees or for more information about the event, go online to

This year's honorees represent 43 Iowa counties. The original pool of 338 nominees came from 61 of Iowa's 99 counties. A panel of past recipients reviewed nominees and a committee of nursing professionals selected the final group of 100. Nurses selected for this honor represent many sectors of health care, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and school and office nurses.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,