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Dr. Ann Garvey - Infectious Disease: It’s Contagiously Catchy


Join us for the 13th Annual Research Symposium 

at Mercy College of Health Sciences

Congrats to Our 100 Great Iowa Nurses!



Dr. Nancy Kertz, Dean of the School of Nursing at Mercy College, has been selected for recognition as one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2018.

"I am pleased to announce the recent selection of Dr. Nancy Kertz, Dean of Nursing, as a 2018 recipient of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses. Each year a state-wide nursing committee identifies 100 outstanding Iowa nurses who demonstrate courage, competence, and commitment to the nursing profession and to patients." President Barbara Quijano Decker, J.D.

Initiated in 2005, this program promotes professional nursing in Iowa by financially supporting the continued education of future nurse leaders. As reflected on their website, the following principles are considered in the selection of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses: 

Nurses who:

  • Have made meaningful, lasting contributions to the profession;
  • Are viewed as a mentor to other nursing professionals; and,
  • Go above and beyond to contribute significantly to the profession of nursing.

Dr. Kertz exemplifies all of these principles! We are proud of her accomplishments and being recognized for this award.  Please join me in congratulating Nancy and our other Mercy College alumni on this prestigious honor.

Congratulations to the following Mercy College alumni who are honorees for 2018:
Name Employer Degree, Class Year
Meredith Willey DMACC B.S. in Nursing, 2009
Joselle Beth Lawless Lucas County Health Center Nursing Diploma, 1993
Joni De Kok Sanford Sheldon Medical Center Nursing Diploma, 1994
Check out the Entire List of 100 Iowa Great Nurse 2018 Honorees

On May 6, 2018, Dr. Kertz, our three alumni and the rest of the honorees will be formally recognized at the 14th annual celebration of Iowa’s Great Nurses. The 2018 honorees will gather at the Iowa Events Center’s Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines – along with more than 1,000 family members, friends, and colleagues – to be recognized for outstanding careers and achievements.

Mercy College Announces New President, Douglas J. Fiore, Ph.D.

Mercy College of Health Sciences Announces Third President, Douglas J. Fiore, Ph.D.

Douglas J. FioreFINAL.jpgDes Moines, Iowa (February 23, 2018) – Mercy College of Health Sciences Board of Directors has named Douglas J. Fiore, Ph.D., to serve as the College’s next president. Fiore will succeed Barbara Quijano Decker, J.D., who announced her retirement in August 2017 after 12 years of leading Mercy College. Fiore will be working with President Decker in a period of onboarding to enable a seamless transition. Effective June 10, 2018, Fiore will begin his new role as President of the College.

245 Students from 72 Cities Earn Academic Honors

Congratulations to all 245 Mercy College students who earned academic honors for the Fall 2017 semester. 

To qualify for the President's List, students must attain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher, in their most recent semester, for a minimum of six credit hours.

Experience Greece: In the Footsteps of Paul the Apostle with Mercy Alumni


Find inspiration throughout this once in a lifetime adventure as you visit the places where Paul the Apostle lived and preached.

Join the Mercy College Alumni Association and friends of Mercy College as we retrace the missionary journey of the Apostle Paul, prolific writer of the New Testament letters.

Former Mercy President, CEO & School of Nursing Director Patricia Clare Sullivan has died

Patricia Clare Sullivan, who served as President and CEO of Des Moines’ longest continually operating hospital — Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines — has died at the age of 89 at The Villages near Orlando, Fla., following a brief illness.

PCSullivan (1).jpgPatricia Clare Sullivan, who loved nursing and all she cared for, served 15 years as president and CEO from 1977 – 1993. She retired in 1993 following a career that included many roles at Mercy – Des Moines, Mercy College of Health Sciences and Mercy Medical Center – Centerville. She continued to serve Mercy as the head of external affairs through 1995. Sullivan was director of the Mercy School of Nursing, predecessor to Mercy College, from 1960
to 1964.

Under Patricia Clare’s guidance, Mercy grew into a state-of-the-art medical center and one of Iowa’s largest employers. Mercy became a regional referral center and developed a reputation as a leader in many clinical specialties — including heart care. During her tenure, the development of the Mercy Clinics’ system began, a new Bishop Drumm Retirement Center campus was constructed in Johnston, and the House of Mercy opened on Clark Street to provide women in need with housing, education and access to health care in a nurturing and safe environment.   

Bishop Pates Speaks at Faith & Healing Series on February 8

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Bishop Richard E. Pates, Bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines, will deliver a message on Pope Francis’ Vision: Building a World Community of Peace, Truth and Justice.

Lesson in Persistence and Gratitude by Dr. Jenna Davidson

Jenna&momIPR.jpgMany Iowans are familiar with detasseling, the process of pulling the tops off corn plants to achieve cross pollination. For Mercy College Assistant Professor Dr. Jenna Simpson Davidson and her mother, Jamie Christie Christensen, detasseling was an annual lesson in persistence and gratitude.Listen to Dr. Davidson's Detasseling Story

Mercy & Drake Partner to Create an Innovative 12-Month B.S.N.

Mercy College and Drake University form a 12-month accelerated partnership for Bachelor of Science in Nursing DegreeNursing Student

Dr. Marti Doyle to Speak on DSM Partnership Immigration Reform Panel

MartiDoyle_L.jpgThe Greater Des Moines Partnership will host a Public Policy Issue Forum on the topic of immigration reform.

Dr. Marti Doyle, Professor of Social Sciences at Mercy College of Health Sciences will join Tom Ahart, Superintendent of Des Moines Public Schools, Bob Brownell, Polk County Supervisor, Lori Chesser, Immigration Attorney for Davis Brown Law Firm, Bob Riley, Chairman of Feed Energy Company on a panel. Panelists will speak on immigration reform and the impacts it could have on Greater Des Moines (DSM).