Among the more than 72,000 people who do their work in Iowa hospitals every day, there are countless heroes. To recognize and promote these individual hospital employees who contribute courageously and selflessly to Iowa hospitals and their communities, the Iowa Hospital Heroes Awards are presented annually at the IHA Annual Meeting in Des Moines.
Since 2007, the Hospital Heroes program has celebrated more than 100 employees who have acted courageously in a moment’s crisis or who have selflessly served their hospitals and communities throughout their careers. Through the Heroes program, IHA shares the stories of these employees and honors their outstanding work and dedication.
“There is no question that each and every Iowa hospital has individuals who really know how to make a difference for their patients, communities and co-workers,” said IHA President Kirk Norris. “We read about them and the recognitions they receive from their own hospitals, from state and national peer groups and from the communities where they work and live. They are the mentors, innovators and leaders who earn our admiration by challenging themselves daily to do a little more.”
A Hospital Heroes Award nomination may be submitted by anyone affiliated with an Iowa hospital. Nominees must be employed (or recently retired) or have medical privileges at an Iowa hospital. To submit a candidate for the award, a nomination form must be completed and accompanied by a narrative explaining why the nominee deserves this award. It is strongly recommended that any nomination include the maximum of three testimonial letters from supervisors, co-workers and/or community members.