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April 4, 2011

Twelve UI Hospitals and Clinics nurses named to 100 Great Iowa Nurses

Twelve nurses at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics have been named to the list of 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2011.

This year's announcement brings the number of UI Hospitals and Clinics nurses who have received this recognition to 85 since 2005.

Those recognized this year from UI Hospitals and Clinics are:

-Sharon Baumler, nurse manager, Radiation/Oncology.

-Adella Boeding, staff nurse, Intensive and Specialty Services, Emergency Department.

-Deborah Bohlken, nurse manager, Medical-Surgical Services.

-Laura Cullen, advanced practice nurse/evidence based practice coordinator, Central Nursing Office, Research and EBP.

-Janie Knipper, advanced practice nurse-supervisory, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.

-Diane Lamb, nurse manager, Intensive and Specialty Services, Emergency Department/Air Care.

-Michele Lilienthal, advanced practice nurse/trauma program manager, Trauma/Burn Programs.

-Grace Matthews, advanced practice nurse-supervisory, Medical-Surgical Services.

-Sharon Olson-Comer, nurse clinician-specialist, UI Children's Hospital, Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Team.

-Mary Jeanne Perino Phillips, nurse clinician-specialist, Gastroenterology/Hepatology Clinic.

-Ann Williamson, associate vice president for nursing and chief nursing officer, UI Hospitals and Clinics, Hospital/Nursing Services and Patient Care Administration.

-Clark Willoughby, staff nurse, Intensive and Specialty Services, Burn Treatment Center.

The UI Hospitals and Clinics nurses will be honored during an event tentatively set for April 12. A statewide recognition event is scheduled for May 1 in Des Moines.

The 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.

STORY SOURCE: UI Health Care Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Dr., W319 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Molly Rossiter, 319-356-7127,