She is the first WMC nurse to receive this award since the program’s inception in 2005.
The 100 Great Iowa Nurses program recognizes outstanding nurses whose exceptional contributions to patients, colleagues and the profession are truly remarkable.
Klimesh was nominated by the nurse managers at Winneshiek Medical Center, and a panel of 18 reviewers around the state recommended her as a recipient from more than 500 nominations. The Iowa Hospital Association, Iowa Nurses Association, Iowa Nurses Foundation and the University of Iowa College of Nurses made the final selections.
Klimesh, who lives in Spillville, began her nursing career at WMC in 1978. She has held many roles at WMC, beginning as a staff and charge nurse on the medical/surgical and special care units, and then transitioning to the position of director of quality management. She is currently chief nursing officer at WMC.
Klimesh has played an active role in many projects and initiatives to improve patient care at WMC, as well as in the nursing professional as a whole. She is a strong advocate for continued education, and actively supports WMC’s relationships with area colleges, including Northeast Iowa Community College, Luther College and Upper Iowa University.
Recently, she led the effort for WMC to provide skilled nursing care for complicated patients from Mayo Clinic through the Mayo Post-Acute Care (MPAC) program. This program allows patients treated at another facility the option to recover from surgery or illness in a community hospital setting, allowing for more personalized care, and many times making it easier for family and friends to participate in the recovery process.
Deb Tekippe, supervisor of surgery and same-day services, said, “With Linda, it is not one specific event that makes her an exceptional nurse, but the consistency of her strong leadership along with her compassion for patients and all of the staff members in our facility. Linda is willing to make herself available when needed to do what is best for nurses, both professionally and personally.”
Tekippe added, “I cannot think of a more worthy nurse for this honor.”
WMC celebrated Linda’s award with an internal reception Wednesday, March 12. The main ceremony is Sunday, May 4, at the Iowa Events Center/Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines.
Gretchen Dahlen, WMC chief administrative officer said, “We have many remarkable nurses at WMC, and we are extremely proud that Linda has been named a recipient of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses award. She has successfully cared for thousands of patients and led hundreds of nurses - she is a true example of a nursing success story.”