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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.   

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).

Mercy College President Decker conferred Highest Laity Papal Honor

The "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross,” a papal honor awarded by Pope Francis, was conferred to Mercy College's Decker.

President Decker is among five other local recipients who have developed specific professional skills which they generously use in the life of the Catholic Church. The translation of “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross” is “For the Church and the Pontiff, the Pope.”

Decker12 Papal awardsFIX.jpg On Nov. 26, Bishop Richard Pates presented six local Catholics with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontiface Cross, one of the highest honors given by Pope Francis to the laity. Those honored with this papal award are: Dr. Jerry Deegan of St. Francis Parish in West Des Moines; Frank Hardy of St. Francis Parish in West Des Moines; Nancy Galeazzi of St. Augustin Parish in Des Moines; Dr. Barbara Decker of St. Ambrose Cathedral Parish in Des Moines; Bruce Baker of St. Augustin Parish in Des Moines; and Steve Chapman of Sacred Heart Parish in West Des Moines.

BSN Student Elected President of Iowa Association of Nursing Students

Mercy College will be represented at both the state and national level by Mercy College Association of Nursing Students (MCANS) members who were elected to leadership positions within the Iowa Association of Nursing Students (IANS) for 2017-18. 


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Kambra Becker
2017-18 President of IANS
(2016-17 Vice President of IANS)

Lisa Judd
2017-18 Treasurer of IANS 
(2017-18 MCANS secretary)

In October, MCANS members and faculty participated in the 2017 Iowa Association of Nursing Students (IANS) State Convention at Prairie Meadows in Des Moines, IA. At the convention, Kambra Becker and Lisa Judd were elected to leadership positions - President and Treasurer of IANS for 2017-18, respectively.

In early November,  Becker and Judd traveled to the 2017 National Student Nursing Association (NSNA) Mid-year convention in San Diego, California.

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Top row from Left to Right: Jory Wallace (MCANS Treasurer), Lisa Judd (MCANS Secretary), Mary-Claire Li (MCANS Break Through to Nursing Chair), Daniel McCoy (MCANS President), Nick Bunger (MCANS Vice President), Ellie Youngwirth (MCANS Community Service Chair), and Marley Drake (MCANS Legislative and Publicity Chair). Bottom Row from Left to Right: Kim Bruett (MCANS Faculty Advisor) and Krissa Wiley (MCANS Faculty Advisor) Not Pictured: Larz Vinz (MCANS Mentorship Chair) and Sara Ryan (MCANS Member and volunteer delegate)


Both of the MCANS resolutions that were presented at the 2017 IANS convention, passed unanimously:

  • In support of increasing education and awareness regarding disinfecting portable electronics as standard environmental control.
  • In support of increasing parent education regarding the importance of early-detection and follow-up of infant hearing impairments.

While in San Diego, Becker collaborated with other NSA presidents from across the country on best practices for running a state association and tackling issues we each face at the Council of State President (COSP) meeting. Business included the selection of presenters and development of the program for the next COSP meeting (April, 2018 at the NSNA annual convention in Nashville, TN).  Becker was elected director of her respective district. She is very excited to work with the NSNA and represent COSP at the annual convention this spring

Judd returned to campus enlightened about the treasurers role in non-profit organizations as well as creative ways to fund raise for our state and school associations. She also felt the opportunity enhanced her understanding of the R.N. licensure process, how to maintain the R.N. licensure, and how to expand the nurses scope of practice through policy. She is very thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with students from around the nation state and school nursing student association chapters.

"MCANS and the Mercy College nursing students they represent could not have achieved these accomplishments without the amazing support and guidance from our faculty advisors Kim Bruett and Krissa Wiley. We cannot thank them enough for all the time and effort they put towards our success!" 

Josephine Norkaitis Student Success Center Opens

Today, leaders from Mercy College of Health Sciences and the Mercy Foundation dedicated and announced the opening of the new Josephine Norkaitis Student Success Center.

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Named for the late philanthropist and education advocate Josephine Norkaitis, the space is located on the Mercy College campus in downtown Des Moines. The Josephine Norkaitis Student Center provides students with opportunities to enhance their education through academic and personal counseling, tutoring and related support services.

Nominate a Colleague for the 100 Great Iowa Nurses Award

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The 100 Great Iowa Nurses award recognizes nurses that have made meaningful, lasting contributions to their patients, colleagues, and the nursing profession, and are viewed as mentors to other nursing professionals. This year’s honorees exemplify all of the principles on which the 100 Great Iowa Nurses Celebration was founded.
 
Nominations for 2018 are officially open, and will close on Dec. 31, 2017! Honorees will be announced on March 1, 2018.
Nominate a nursing colleague for the  100 Great Iowa Nurses Award today!

Mercy College of Health Sciences President Announces Retirement

Dr.BarbaraDeckerPhotoweb.jpgMercy College of Health Sciences announces plans for Dr. Barbara Quijano Decker to retire on June 30, 2018, ending her 12-year tenure as president of Mercy College.

Under President Decker’s leadership, Mercy College expanded facilities, increased the breadth and diversity of academic programming, and strengthened the ministry as a Catholic college. Her passion and persistence contributed to Mercy College’s favorable accreditation and performance outcomes, as well as the organization’s strong positive relationship with students, employees, alumni and the College board of directors.

Join Us At the Iowa State Fair!

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Mercy College of Health Sciences will be at the 2017 Iowa State Fair!

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 is Mercy College of Health Sciences Day at the Iowa State Fair. As an "Official Red Ribbon Sponsor," Mercy College representatives will be located on the Grand Avenue concourse in front of the Horner Service Center. Look for our signage, stop by and say hello.
  • Mercy College will also have a booth in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building from August 10-20.

Stop by and say hello to a Mercy College representative at the Iowa State Fair!