Mercy Hospital Nurse Practitioners Recognized among Nation’s Best
Release Date: 09/08/2008

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa –Alegent Health Mercy Hospital’s Jennifer Achenbach, RN, MSN, ARNP, CEN, is among the top nurse practitioners in the nation. She along with Martha Hoffman Goedert, ARNP, are recipients of the prestigious State Awards for Excellence by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Since 1991 the award has recognized nurse practitioners in each state who demonstrate excellence in practice, research, nurse practitioner education and community affairs.

Jennifer Achenbach is the nurse practitioner award winner for Iowa. She is Mercy Hospital’s Emergency Department clinical coordinator and Trauma coordinator. Jennifer is honored to have received this award and says good mentoring along with her focus on the patient is what it’s all about. “My role is to continue providing quality patient care and be a mentor for my staff. I was lucky to have great mentors and I want to give back,” she says.

Martha Hoffman Goedert is the Nebraska AANP recipient due to her extensive work as a nurse practitioner midwife and educator. Martha was instrumental in introducing midwifery to Mercy Hospital in 1999 when she began working there. Throughout her 31-year career, she has delivered more than 7,000 babies and has volunteered extensively with the community’s uninsured or underinsured families. “It’s been my greatest privilege to share in the birthing journey with families and prepare the best resting spot for the newborns. Mercy Hospital is a special place filled with exceptional nurses who create miracles everyday,” said Hoffman Goedert.

During the award ceremony, Drs. Joseph Hoagbin and Jeff Jacobs were also named State Award winners for Nurse Practitioner Advocates for Iowa and Nebraska, respectively. Dr. Hoagbin is a hospitalist and quality officer for Mercy Hospital. Dr. Jacobs is a family practice physician for the Alegent Health Clinic. Both physicians were recognized for their significant efforts towards increasing the awareness and acceptance of nurse practitioners.

“Alegent Health is privileged to have such great caregivers on staff who truly have the patients’ best interests at heart. It’s reflected with our high clinical quality and patient satisfaction scores and connects back to our Mission of attending to the body, mind and spirit of every person in our care,” said Alegent Health CEO Wayne Sensor.

Alegent Health is the largest not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa with nine acute care hospitals, more than 100 sites of service, over 1,300 physicians on its medical staff and roughly 9,000 employees. Alegent Health is ranked first in the country in quality and patient satisfaction according to the Network for Regional healthcare Improvement (NRHI). That exceptional commitment to providing patient focused care for the body, mind and spirit of every person keeps Alegent Health faithful to its Mission, which was inspired by its sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems. At Alegent Health, patients and their families find a continuum of care, from women's and children's services, primary care, wellness counseling, and senior care to cardiovascular services, orthopaedics, oncology, physical rehabilitation and behavioral health. Alegent Health is online at

The AANP was founded in 1985 and is the oldest, largest and only full-service national professional organization for NPs of all specialties. With more than 24,500 individual members and over 154 group members, AANP provides national representation for approximately 125,000 NPs. AANP continually advocates for the active role of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective and personalized health care. For more information about AANP visit