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Mercy’s Carla Granstrom Named One of Iowa’s 100 Greatest Nurses
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03/05/2012
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The list of the Top 100 nurses in the state of Iowa includes a registered nurse who has worked for 39 years at Mercy Medical Center. Carla Granstrom, the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Mercy Child Advocacy Center, is well known throughout the Siouxland area for her role in safety education programs for students.

The Top 100 Great Iowa Nurses program annually recognizes 100 outstanding nurses whose courage, competence and commitments to patients and the nursing profession stand out above all others. The Iowa Nurses Foundation launched the recognition program in 2005 and since that time, Mercy Medical Center has always had one of its nurses earn this special designation.

Granstrom began her Mercy career in 1973 when she joined St. Joseph’s Hospital as an emergency room nurse. She started the first lithotripsy program in the area and coordinated an endless number of conferences for medical professionals. Granstrom organized the first women’s shelter at St. Joseph’s, the precursor to the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

In her ensuing years at Mercy, Granstrom has worked in the Child Advocacy Center, Same Day Surgery, centralized scheduling and developed education workshops in the emergency department and Child Advocacy Center. However, Granstrom is probably best known for the leading role she has played in the Reality Education Alcohol Prevention (REAP) program in Sioux City.

Granstrom launched REAP 18 years ago and during that time she has developed close relationships with law enforcement personnel, court officials, teachers and health care professionals who are part of the on-going effort to stem substance abuse among teens. As the coordinator of the REAP program, Granstrom works with teens and adults who have drug or alcohol-related driving convictions. Every year, approximately 200 individuals participate in the tough-love REAP program that includes trips to the morgue, views of diseased organs and head injuries and written essay assignments.

Apart from her work at Mercy, Granstrom lends her abilities to a number of Siouxland area agencies including Siouxland Cares, Sioux City Drug Courts, United Way of Siouxland, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Healthy Siouxland Initiatives, the Mercy Auxiliary and the Mercy Foundation Gala Committee.

Granstrom will join the other 39 great nurses of Iowa at a special reception on Sunday, May 6, at Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines.

For more information, contact:
Jim Wharton, Director of Marketing and Communications
(712) 279-2732
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682
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