Issue: Workforce

Meet a Hospital Hero: Jessica Justi

Jessica Justi loves nursing because of the impact she has on the lives of patients and their families. Her influence has been felt far and wide, from the neighbors she serves at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center and throughout the Midwest through telemedicine. As nursing inpatient manager, Jessica not only provides exceptional patient care, she is a trusted leader, overseeing the emergency department staff and is a member of the facility’s nursing leadership team.

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Health Care Sector Worth $17 Billion to Iowa Economy

In all, Iowa’s health care sector, which includes hospitals, offices of physicians, dentists and other health practitioners, nursing home and residential care, other medical and health services and pharmacies, contributes $17 billion to the state economy while directly and indirectly providing 330,308 jobs, or about 20 percent of the state’s total non-farm employment. Iowa hospitals on their own employ more than 74,000 people and inject $7.1 billion into the state economy.

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Meet a Hospital Hero: Troy Buchholz

Those who work beside Dr. Buchholz get the pleasure each and every day to witness his amazing character and the outstanding care he provides. Dr. Buchholz’s dedication to Community Memorial Hospital and our patients is exemplary. He has a strong commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and living the vision to be the health care provider of choice for citizens of Sumner and the surrounding community.

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A Chance Encounter as an Iowa Nurse’s Legacy Lives On

Evelyn Oppold Lawless’ life was coming to a close and Pam Westendorf’s was just beginning when the two women met in a chance encounter this fall. Evelyn, a 99-year-old farm wife who’d raised five children and found her passion in nursing, was admitted to Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls. Pam, an LPN who’s working toward her RN, was one of those students. And she was looking for a sign. She wanted to know she was in the right place, doing the right thing.

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Meet a Hospital Hero: Timothy Breon

Dr. Breon truly is an excellent surgeon, but also a very selfless person. He swells with a wonderful sense of humor; he supports community fundraisers not just financially, but with his time and talents; he’s an educator at heart and a very good speaker; he puts his patients first and will often pray with them; he’s a family man who is immensely proud of his five children.

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Carroll Hospital Nurse Devotes Time in Haiti

Helping others has always been a passion for Carroll native Jamie Waller. It’s why she pursued a career in nursing at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge and it’s why she participated in a three-week mission trip to Tanzania in Africa following her freshman year of nursing school.

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Iowa Hospitals Create $6.8 Billion Impact

“With nearly 325,000 jobs, health care is one of Iowa’s largest employers, and hospitals remain, by far, the biggest contributor to that number,” said IHA President and CEO Kirk Norris. “In Iowa cities and counties, hospitals are uniformly among the largest employers. As our political leaders in Washington, DC and Des Moines consider legislation and regulations that impact hospitals and health care, they need to keep these facts in mind. As providers of high-quality, low-cost health care, good jobs and economic stability, there is no replacement for community hospitals.”

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