WMC Nurses lead a ‘Drive to Provide’ for a safe haven

Released: 05/24/16

Winneshiek Medical Center nurses pictured from left, kneeling: Katelyn Plaht, Nicole Reicks, Lynnette Kruse, Samantha Blake, Shirley Larsen, Karla Lechtenberg (back) Laura Wiltgen (front), Dee Dlhy and Karen Humpal. Second row: Lori McConnell, Jacqueline Henning, Elyse Shodipe Running, Bev Rustad, Mary Wagner, Jamie Wagner and Marian Kuhn. Back row: Amanda Heying, Linda Hageman, Cheryl Riehle, Sandra Bishop and Sue Heitman.

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually May 6 through 12, ending on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. During this week, the nursing teams at Winneshiek Medical Center chose to give back to the communities they serve by leading a ‘Drive to Provide’ necessities for people who seek a safe haven through Helping Services for Northeast Iowa. “More than 160 members of our nursing teams provide care at Winneshiek Medical Center hospital and clinics in Decorah, Ossian and Mabel,” says Sue Heitman, Winneshiek Medical Center chief nursing officer. To honor of these nurses, WMC collected more than $325 of items to donate.

“The nursing men and women who provide care at Winneshiek Medical Center effectively combine their scientific skills with their relationship abilities to impact and improve the health of our patients,” says Heitman. “And this year’s Nurses Week ‘Drive to Provide’ is another example of how their care reaches beyond the doors of our hospital and clinics to people in need in our communities.” Helping Services provides a 24-hour resource line, adult and child advocacy services, transitional housing, and safe home options for victims of domestic violence along with community education and prevention programming.

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