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Mercy College Welcomes 5 New Board Members

Mercy College of Health Sciences announces five (5) new members to its board of directors, each serving a three-year term.

MichaelBohlMichael A. Bohl is an alumnus of Mercy’s School of Radiologic Technology. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Science and a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the Chief Operations Officer for Radiology Group, PC, SC in Davenport, Iowa. He has presented and published in the areas of radiologic technology. Mr. Bohl has created the Michael & Julia Bohl Radiological Technology Endowed Scholarship at Mercy College.

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.

Celebrating Our Colleagues

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 
Mercy College Excellence Award Recipients

Each year the entire Mercy College community is provided the opportunity to cast their vote for Mercy College Employee Excellence Awards. During the 2017 Annual Employee Recognition & Excellence Awards event, the following people were presented with their respective awards.

Congrats to Michael Bohl '80 & Mary Schemmel '76! 

Congrats to Michael Bohl and Mary Schemmel, recipients of the 2017 Catherine McAuleyAward for Professional Excellence!

Mercy College originally created the Catherine McAuley Awards for Nursing Excellence to honor alumni and friends of the School of Nursing (or its predecessor program, the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing), for their lifetime achievements to the profession of nursing, their service to their communities, and their efforts on behalf of Mercy College of Health Sciences. Today, the Catherine McAuley Awards for Professional Excellence are sought and awarded to alumni from any academic programs associated with Mercy College of Health Sciences.

Faculty Contribute to Diversity in Healthcare Professions Paper

Articletitle.jpgThe Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities extended a great privilege to Mercy College Faculty Dr. Bud Marr and Bo Bonner when, through coordination with Mercy College President Barbara Decker, the two were asked to contribute on the white paper “Diversity in Healthcare Professions: A Catholic Higher Education Imperative.”

Welcome to Mercy College!

Mercy College family, 
As we head back to school to start a new Fall semester and a new academic year, I would like to extend a special welcome to our new and returning students to campus.

We hope that as you embark on your academic year that you take a few moments to learn about or reflect on the College history and the mission of the Sisters of Mercy.  Their mission is the foundation of the College as we offer education in health care focused professional programs, blended on a foundation of a general education core of liberal arts and science (LAS), and mission fulfillment (our Core Values).  I hope that you grow to realize the significant role integrating LAS and mission through service learning and leadership has on your professional studies and career.

Welcome_to_Mercy_College.jpgProvost Langdon welcomes Aminazahra & Tiffany,
both of whom are Mercy College students, to the Fall semester with a few snacks.

Alex is Here to Change the World

As I get ready for my first day rotating in palliative care, I wonder what is in store?

What am I going to experience? At this point in my academic career, I have a general idea of what palliative care is, but what I'm not sure of is how it will actually manifest itself. After only a few minutes meeting the team and discussing the day, my initial thoughts are why isn't this, palliative care, something that is more common? Why isn’t this being used across all healthcare settings?

Celebrating Respected Colleagues

Congratulations to the 2015-2016
Mercy College Excellence Award Recipients

Each year the entire Mercy College community is provided the opportunity to cast their vote for Mercy College Employee Excellence Awards. During the 2016 Annual Employee Recognition & Excellence Awards event, the following people were presented with their respective awards.

Confessions of an Americorps VISTA

Sometimes when I think about the fact that I’m living in Iowa, it feels like I’m having the most lucid dream I’ve ever had. Iowa was never on my radar growing up.

Kevin.jpgWhen I think about it, I bet you if I surveyed 50 people I grew up with in Biddeford, Maine, only 25 of them would be able to correctly identify where Iowa is in the United States. I don’t even want to know what those same 50 people would say if they had to read “Des Moines” aloud. They’d probably be about as confused as you’d be if I were to tell you I was going “up Down East Maine.”

The truth is, I never thought I’d be a full-time volunteer. I didn’t even know what AmeriCorps was, let alone VISTA, until my junior year at St. Michael’s College.

"I was a business major. The plan was to get my degree, get into an MBA program, and seek out a highpaying job in the corporate world. I’d check off the boxes until I got “there.”

Shout out to Missy, Mercy College's Mom

For anyone who has phoned in or stepped foot on the Mercy College campus, the likelihood of your having been blessed to cross paths with Missy Chapman is very high.

With a very busy weekend of mother's day activites behind us, it's easy to return to the Mercy College community and get back into our routine. That routine for many of us is assisting students navigate the preparation of serving others in health care, in each of our respective expertise.