Cook named one of 100 Great Iowa Nurses

Dee Cook, a nurse with JRMC, was named one of Iowa’s 100 Greatest Nurses for 2018 by the Iowa Nurses Association. Cook has been in the nursing profession for over 30 years. (Photo submitted)

     Deanna (Dee) Cook, a nurse from UnityPoint Health–Jones Regional Medical Center (JRMC) was recently named to the Iowa Nurses Association list of 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2018. Cook has been a nurse for over 30 years and is currently Chief Nursing Officer at JRMC.

     Recipients were selected based on their concern for humanity and contributions to the community and the nursing profession. The nurses were selected from a pool of individuals nominated by colleagues, patients, doctors, friends and family members. The field of nominees is then arrowed to 100 by a panel of reviewers, which includes nursing professionals and previous award winners.

     Eric Briesemeister, CEO of JRMC, adds, “Dee is an incredible person. Her caring, expertise, attention to detail, and respect for her colleagues is something we all should emulate. Patients and staff at JRMC are all better off because Dee is a part of this organization.”

     “Dee is one of the smartest nurses I know,” states Kristin McVay, director of Clinical Operations. “She can do an amazing amount of good without even breaking a sweat. I learn from her leadership, enjoy watching her as she cares for others, and feel empowered with her support. We are blessed to have Dee’s leadership at the hospital and in the community. She is very deserving of this honor.”

     Other team members added, “Dee is the most supportive person we have ever had the opportunity to work with. She always knows the right words to say when you are struggling with an issue and need advice. She is approachable, easy to work with, and is the standard to which the rest of us wish we could achieve.”

     Cook will be honored at the 100 Great Iowa Nurses Celebration in Des Moines on May 6. The 100 Great Nurses program is in its 14th year.


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