Emergency Director of Alegent Health Mercy Hospital Among Iowa’s Top 100 Nurses
Release Date: 04/17/2008

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa –Alegent Health Mercy Hospital nurses have a reputation for providing the highest quality care in the area and now the state of Iowa knows it too. Barbara Roenfeld, RN, BSN, was recently selected as one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2008. She has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years including serving for the last 12 years as the operations director of the Emergency Department at Mercy Hospital.

“Barbara is a shining example of what Alegent Health is all about. She heals the body, mind and spirit of every person who comes into our Emergency Department at Alegent Health Mercy Hospital,” said Marie Knedler, vice president and chief operating officer of Alegent Health Mercy Hospital. ”Through Barbara’s example, she inspires not only colleagues and co-workers to live out our Mission everyday, but patient’s families also see the result of what happens when care givers put patients at the center of their care and that is providing the highest quality of care for their loved one.”

“Barbara is very encouraging to her staff, keeps an open door policy and continually looks for opportunities to encourage and praise her co-workers. She is also able to address difficult situations to bring about satisfactory resolutions and offers helpful advice and thoughtful suggestions. Through her guidance, the Emergency Department team has taken high quality care to a new level, always keeping the focus on the patient,” said Connie Blietz, chief nurse executive for Alegent Health Mercy Hospital.

Barbara was chosen out of more than 300 nominations submitted to the Great Iowa Nurses Committee. Criteria for the award include that the nominee has practiced nursing for at least three years and has a current Iowa Registered Nurse license. In addition, the award recognizes the meaningful and lasting contributions nurses like Barbara have made to patients they serve, the peers they work alongside everyday and the nursing profession.

This is the fourth year the 100 Great Iowa Nurses Award has been handed out to deserving individuals. In addition to Barbara, two additional Alegent Health Mercy Hospital RNs have also been past award recipients. Barbara will be honored at a ceremony held on Sunday, May 4, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa.