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. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Alayna Young takes time to listen to your concerns.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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