Iowa Specialty Hospital

DAISY Award Nominations

The following nurses have been nominated for the Daisy Award by their patients or co-workers.

To nominate, an Iowa Specialty Hospitals and Clinics nurse for the Daisy Award, please use the link at right. 


Nicole Heifner

Nicole Heifner is an excellent nurse. She goes above and beyond to make patients comfortable. She's always been very caring, trustworthy, and respectful to my needs. I feel extremely lucky to have her as my nurse.

Kristen Pedersen

If it wasn't for the amazing experience he had in Cardiac Rehab, I'm confident he would not be as diligent or in tuned to his health. He speaks of Kristen Pedersen and some of the words of wisdom she shared from time to time. She certainly shines bright for us and has left a lasting impression on our Dad!  

Mary Haugen

I would like to nominate Mary Haugen. She has been so caring, loving, and checking on my health.

Kirsten Burke

Thanks to Kirsten Burke being our nurse throughout delivery and follow up made us SO thankful that we chose Iowa Specialty to deliver our baby.  As new parents learning through this whole experience, she was there step by step.

Jesica Mercado

Jesica Mercado was so accommodating and thoughtful with every step of my long labor journey. She was so calm, comforting, and kind our whole stay. I’m so happy I was placed with Nurse Jesi during my labor and delivery journey.

Natalie Boyd

Natalie Boyd put me at ease. She has a great personality, good sense of humor, and was always making sure I was okay. It was great to have her as my nurse.

Athena Berning

On Saturday, I called Athena after needing an assistant for a surgery. She was graciously accepting of coming in to assist the doctor with a laparoscopic procedure even though she wasn't on call and she would be taking time away from her.

Cassady McNichols

Cassady McNichols was always coming back and checking on me. She was also very kind to my daughter. 

BreeAnn Vrba

This was my first time having surgery here and BreeAnn made it very comfortable and enjoyable. Not only was she wonderful to me she was amazing with my daughter as well.

Natalie Boyd

Natalie Boyd is a keeper!!

BreeAnn Vrba

BreeAnn Vrba is very compassionate about her job and does her best to comfort you. 

Leigh Bycroft

Leigh Bycroft as been the most caring, and compassionate nurse.

Samantha Sandvig

Because of Samantha Sandvig, we took home a healthy and happy baby girl.

Jennifer Mewes

Jennifer Mewes is constantly going above and beyond normal duties and leading by example!

Jennifer Mewes

Jennifer Mewes is a point of reference, a mentor, a cheerleader, a teacher, and an integral thread in the material that makes up this hospital.

Vanessa Smith

Vanessa Smith is a cheer leader for our nurses and wants to ensure that they are successful in their role.  She is an asset to our team and the nursing profession.

Natalie Boyd

Natalie Boyd was very sweet and helpful the day I had surgery.

Karin Semans

Karin Semans was such a great support during my labor! I felt that we were in good hands the entire time with her as my nurse! 

Amy Haugland

Amy Haugland made me feel very comfortable.  Very professional and caring.

Natalie Boyd

Natalie Boyd was very kind and very comforting after I had my surgery.

Nikki Thompson

Nikki Thompson was super nice to me when I was having surgery.

Sara Abbas

Sara is one of the most compassionate nurses I have ever met.  She is so sweet and attentive.  She clearly shows how she cares for patients.

Heather Hutchinson

Heather Hutchinson provided great care to a patient I had in MRI.  He was so grateful.

Mandy Wessels

Mandy Wessels kept me calm when I came in. I’m so glad she was my nurse!!

Christina Doyle

Christina Doyle is always putting her patients first, making sure their cares are met!

Miekka Cooper

Miekka Cooper is the highlight of every visit! She goes above and beyond.

Tricia Polzin

Tricia Polzin is one of the best nurses I have ever known. She is caring, compassionate and knowledgeable. 

Sarah Hejlik

Sarah Heljik is very gentle and cares about how the patient feels.

Angela Wharton

Angela Wharton always listens to your concerns, and she is very motivated and dedicated to to her job.

Sara Abbas

I believe Sara Abbas was my angel in many ways, and I’m positive she has been for many others in her career.

Miekka Cooper

Every time Miekka Cooper was our nurse she was very respectful and nice.

Vaughna Rethman

Vaughna Rethman is a great patient advocate and is always willing to try to figure something out if it will help a patient, even if it’s an issue that is not typically in her wheelhouse.

Alyana Young

Alayna Young takes time to listen to your concerns.

Tricia Polzin

Tricia Polzin always makes us feel so welcome and comfortable even when dealing with tough situations.

Sarah Hejlik

Sarah Hejlik is thoughtful and kind and always puts my mind at ease.

Heather Smith

Heather Smith is an invaluable asset and a plethora of knowledge.

Jessica McClelland

Jessica McClelland was very caring and knowledgeable and she deserves the Daisy Award!

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