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May 6, 2014

MHP employees named among '100 Great Iowa Nurses'

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“Andrea’s vast clinical experience, her positive ‘can do’ attitude, her work ethic and her skills as a leader were all contributing factors to this nomination,” Keuning said. “Andrea sees the big picture and dedicates herself in order to ensure our community will continue to have quality healthcare resources close to home.”

Manternach is the surgical services coordinator. She was actively involved in the planning and execution of the department’s move to the new patient care wing. She also continues to make significant contributions to the development of the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) at MHP.

“In three years, Michele has tracked and abstracted over 2,000 cases with a 99 percent success rate of meeting all prescribed criteria with no fallouts,” said MHP Director of Surgical Services Paul Topliff. “The implementation of measures she developed helped improve documentation throughout the patient’s stay, which increases patient safety and reduces post-op surgical complications and infection rates.”

Manternach is often mentioned in patient satisfaction surveys for her care and compassion, and she is an active volunteer both at MHP and in her hometown of Eddyville, organizing and coaching youth sports teams.

Nunnikhoven was a nurse at MHP for more than 34 years, spending her entire career in surgical services. Known for her abundance of compassion and concern for patients and their families, Nunnikhoven was often mentioned in patient satisfaction surveys as a nurse who helped ease the fears and calm the nerves of those she served. During her tenure at the hospital, she saw a lot of technological advancements in the surgery field as well as on the MHP campus.

“She touched the lives of thousands of patients throughout her career, offering top-notch nursing in surgery, as well as comfort and encouragement to patients and their families,” Keuning said. “Kerrilyn’s support of her co-workers made her a wonderful addition to the department, which supports more than 10 surgeons. Kerrilyn recently retired from MHP, but her work ethic and genuine, compassionate nature are examples of what all in health care should aspire to be.”

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