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Mercy Iowa City Announces Nursing and Staff Scholarships and Awards

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Pictured from left to right are Margaret Reese, President, Mercy Hospital Foundation; Stacy Rock, Maternal/Child; Diana Dingus, Environmental Services; and Cindy Penney, Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer.

May 12, 2017/Iowa City, IA: Mercy Iowa City presented awards and honored spring scholarship recipients during a May 10 ceremony as part of its celebration of National Nurses Week. The annual Ruth Becker Award for Outstanding Nursing Care was awarded to Stacy Rock, a staff nurse in Maternal/Child. This award was created in 2001 by Ruth Becker, a retired nurse educator and her husband Sam Becker, who wanted to recognize exceptional Mercy nurses who provide direct patient care.

The Dr. T.T. Bozek Friend of Nursing Award was awarded to Diana Dingus, Environmental Services. This award was created by the family of Dr. T. T. Bozek, a member of the Mercy medical staff for more than 50 years and the Johnson County Medical Examiner for 33 years until his retirement in 2000.

The 23 recipients of spring nursing scholarships were also recognized during the ceremony. Of those, eight received named scholarships including: Laura Budde, Intensive Care Unit, who received the Ruth and Sam Becker Nursing Scholarship; Kendra Walsh, Intensive Care Unit, who received the Margaret G. Fox Ph.D. Scholarship; Ian Ellickson, 3 West Medical Unit and Hillari Jacoby, Mercy Cardiology, who received Mercy Guild Scholarships; Rachel Stitt, 3 West Medical Unit, who received the Sister Mary Josephus Scholarship; Stefani Berg, 3 West Medical Unit, who received the Rose Margaret Reed Scholarship; and Andrew Behounek, Nursing Administration, who received the Elizabeth and John Stratton Scholarship.

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