Cherokee Regional Medical Center Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019

Cherokee Regional Medical Center
300 Sioux Valley Drive
Cherokee, Iowa 51012


Kent Lundquist
(712)225-3368 ext. 202

May 28, 2019 – For Immediate Release

CRMC’s Henson, Oolman Named to 100 Great Iowa Nurses List for 2019

Cherokee Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that two of its registered nurses have been named to the 2019 list of 100 Great Iowa Nurses. The award promotes excellence in nursing and recognizes those within the state of Iowa who have truly gone above and beyond to contribute to the nursing profession.

The 2019 honorees from CRMC include Lexi Henson and Tonya Oolman. They were recognized at the 15th Annual celebration of Iowa’s Great Nurses held in Des Moines earlier this month.

“The leadership and quality of care Lexi and Tonya provide on a daily basis is outstanding,” claims Kent Lundquist, VP of Development and Support Services at Cherokee Regional Medical Center. “Our organization is very proud of them both, and extremely thankful for their commitment to our patients as well as their contributions to CRMC.”

This past year, more than 500 Iowa nurses were nominated for this honor by patients, colleagues, family members, and friends. Those selected were based on their concern for humanity, courage, competence, and commitment to their patients. Recipients have also made significant contributions to help mentor others within to the field of nursing. The 2019 final list of 100 Great Iowa Nurses was determined by representatives of the Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Foundation, Iowa Hospital Association, Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders, Iowa Nurse Practitioner Society, Iowa Emergency Nurses Association, and the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

Henson is currently the Manager of Cherokee Regional Clinics with locations in Cherokee, Aurelia, Holstein, and Marcus. Oolman has been a hospice nurse for the past twenty-three years and has served as the CRMC Hospice Patient Care Nurse Manager since 2007. They join past CRMC recipients Leanne Hammer (2008), Dondee Halverson (2012), Rita Comstock (2018), Lynn Ivarson (2018), JoAnne Tapper (2018), and Luann Wittrock (2018), on this prestigious honor roll. The complete list of the 2019 recipients, as well as previous recipients, can be found at

To honor the contributions of these outstanding nurses, Cherokee Regional Medical Center will host a come and go reception for CRMC’s 100 Great Iowa Nurses honorees in the CRMC 1st Floor Conference Room on Wednesday, June 5th from 4:00 -5:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend.

Photo – Cherokee Regional Medical Center’s 100 Great Iowa Nurses honorees for 2019 include Lexi Henson, left, and Tonya Oolman. This dedicated nursing duo was formally recognized in Des Moines on May 5, 2019.

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