Ready for the future, remembering our past

If we have met in person, you’ve heard me cheering the successes of our wonderful alumni. There is so much, and so many people, to be proud of on the Hill.

Recently I visited Pam (Schmitz) Delagardelle ’84, president and CEO of UnityPoint Health—Waterloo. She shared part of the story of her journey and told me that what she learned at Mount Mercy allowed her to lead and teach, guiding her into a life of relevant and practical service to others.

I’ve also heard from nurses on campus who have taken extraordinary journeys to share works of Mercy—such as Professor Anne Hartman, a member of our nursing faculty who regularly traveled to Nigeria; now leading local efforts to send medical supplies to staff still in the field. Anne and many others share their passion for international service with our students.

We enjoy reflecting on our history of health care excellence, from the leading of our nursing program by Sister James Marie Donahue, through today as it continues to grow and expand under the superb guidance of Dr. Mary Tarbox. We are squarely focused on the future—assuring Mount Mercy remains at the forefront of nursing education for the next generation. There is no way to know what nursing will look like in 10, 20 or 30 years, but by empowering students to meet the needs of our time, we are confident they will be ready for what’s next. We have big plans for the future of nursing on the Hill.

For this edition of the Mount Mercy Magazine, we could have chosen stories from thousands of alumni to highlight our world-class nursing program. What we offer here is a glimpse at the success of our graduates, not the whole picture. With our dual goals of academic excellence and compassionate service, our alumni are improving health care’s future every day.

On the Hill, our name is Mercy and our spirit is compassion, and there are few career fields in which this fact is more evident than nursing. If you are a nurse, thank you for making life better for others. We are so proud of you and cannot wait to share where Mount Mercy will take nursing next.

Written by President Laurie Hamen