|Posted by gabrielscorner on February 24, 2016 at 9:50 AM|
Each year, CHI Health Mercy Hospital hosts the Heritage Awards Dinner to honor individuals from southwest Iowa for their professional and personal contributions to the community. The event also raises funds to support professional development opportunities for Mercy employees.
The gala evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. March 19 at the Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, followed by a gourmet meal, awards ceremony and post-event celebration.
Honorees this year will include Marcia Joffee-Bouska, local artist; David A. Christiansen, retired owner of Christy Creme; Fred Maher, retired administrator for the Council Bluffs Community School District; and Jean and Kathy Plourde, president and vice president of Gabriel’s Corner.
“Each year, we honor great individuals for the contributions they make that enrich our community,” said Marie Knedler, president of Mercy Hospital. “But the event also helps the people of southwest Iowa by raising funds that support our staff so that they can attend conferences where they learn new techniques and best practices from their peers around the country.”
The funds from last year’s event were used to provide 28 employees with scholarships to professional educational events in eight different areas of care, including critical care, emergency medicine, behavioral health, surgery and quality.
Awards ranged from $1,000 to $2,000 to help staff with costs associated with registration and travel expenses to a number of different conferences. These professional medical conferences help the Mercy Hospital staff take advantage of a wide range of learning opportunities to bring back the latest in health care advances to the hospital and to the community.
“The knowledge our staff brings back from these conferences helps everyone who works in our hospital – and, in turn, helps our patients,” said Denise McNitt, vice president of patient care services at Mercy Hospital. “We are very fortunate to receive the support from the Heritage Awards Dinner to enable Mercy to continue to provide high-quality care for the body, mind and spirit of every person.”
After returning from these conferences, each person at Mercy shares what they learned with others at the hospital.