President of MercyOne Eastern Iowa Kay Takes won the Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award, after being nominated for her commitment to supporting military and veteran colleagues. The award recognizes supervisors nominated by a Guardsman or Reservist employee for the support provided directly to the nominator.

Captain Allison Mass, Army reservist and psychiatric nurse at MercyOne, nominated Takes for the award. “The CEO of the hospital I am employed at not only has the utmost honor and respect for employees that are service members and veterans, but for the community as well. She has taken the initiative to go above and beyond with her passion for service members and veterans through being instrumental in an initiative that is called MercyOne Military and Veterans Health Care. This prepares staff to provide high quality, compassionate and culturally competent care, with honor to everyone who is either a veteran or service member. Kay passionately advocates for service members and veterans to make sure that staff is trained to better respond to health concerns and challenges that are unique to the military community.”