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Larson recognized as hospital hero

October 30, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

DES MOINES - Each year, the Iowa Hospital Association recognizes up to ten individuals who are employed at hospitals throughout the state as "Hospital Heroes." Jeanie Larson of Reinbeck, emergency department registration clerk at Grundy County Memorial Hospital, was named a 2016 Hospital Hero at the organization's annual conference in Des Moines.

"True heroes look out for those who are in need and who are at their most vulnerable. In her role greeting and registering patients in the Emergency Department, Jeanie demonstrates empathy and kindness that helps relieve fear and uncertainty for those seeking emergency care," remarked Grundy County Memorial Hospital CEO Jennifer Havens as she introduced Larson to the crowd at the Iowa Events Center. The conference keynote speaker, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, gave Larson and the other hospital employees their awards.

The local hospital's nomination for Larson focused on the ways that she consistently goes above and beyond the routine duties of her position to provide a human touch that patients and families can sense, as well as her volunteer service helping lead the hospital's Relay for Life Team for the past seven years. Larson has been with the hospital for the past nine years.

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2016 Iowa Hospital Hero Jeanie Larson of Reinbeck, center, was nominated for the award by Grundy County Memorial Hospital CEO Jennifer Havens, left. Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, right, was
keynote speaker at the Iowa Hospital Association annual conference in Des Moines Oct. 18 – 20 and presented Larson with the Hospital Hero award. She is one of ten Iowa hospital employees recognized from throughout the state.

Havens summed up Larson's contributions to the hospital and its patients by thanking her and all of the hospital's 200 employees for their service. "Grundy County Memorial Hospital has staked its reputation for providing high quality health care on the personal touch given by nurses, doctors, and support staff members. While access to life saving care is the most important thing we can provide the residents of the rural communities we serve, it truly is the personal service provided by everyday heroes like Jeanie Larson that ensure patients experience quality and highly personalized health care."



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