Published on March 07, 2016

7 Genesis Nurses Recognized As Great Iowa Nurses


Seven nurses from throughout Genesis Health System are among the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2016.  The award recognizes nurses who have made a meaningful and lasting contribution to humanity and their profession and act as mentors to others.

The Genesis nurses earning recognition for 2016 are Steve Cooley, RN, Nursing Administrative Supervisor, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Rhonda Hance, RN, BSN, quality specialist, Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt; Tereze Jeffrey, RN, CMSRN, surgical specialty unit, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Donnette Jones, MSN, RNC, cardiovascular stepdown unit, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Sherrie Kopp, RN, MSN, surgical specialty unit, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; Kimberly Teel, RN, CRRN, physical medicine and rehabilitation, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport; and, Tracy Zeimet, RN, medical-surgical, Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt.

The Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Foundation and the University of Iowa College of Nursing collaborate each year to create this list, which celebrates nursing by honoring 100 nurses from around the state. Colleagues, patients, doctors, friends and family members submit nominations.

Since 2005, 107 nurses from Genesis have been recognized as 100 Great Iowa Nurses.

This year's 100 Great Iowa Nurses will be recognized on Sunday, May 1 in Des Moines for the 12th annual celebration. The 2016 honorees will gather with families, friends and colleagues, as well as past years' recipients, to be recognized for their outstanding careers and achievements.


“Each year Genesis nurses are highly regarded and recognized for their work.  To have 107 nurses selected for this honor over the years shows not only the quality of our nursing staff, but the depth of that quality,” said Jackie Anhalt, RN, MS, MSN, Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nurse Executive, Genesis Health System. “Our nurses are consistently recognized on both a statewide and national basis. We are proud that we work with truly great nurses and because of the excellent care they provide, our patients benefit.''

In 2005, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport was the first regional hospital to earn Magnet designation, which recognizes the highest standards of nursing care in the United States.  Genesis Medical Center has twice received Magnet designation renewals.

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