KNOXVILLE – Three Registered Nurses at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics – Laci Dykstra, MaryJane Hunt, and Julie Waltenberger – have been recognized as being a part of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses.

Laci Dykstra, ARNP, has been employed at KHC for five years. She received her degree in nursing in 2005 and her Master of Science in Nursing in 2014 from Graceland University. In 2017, Laci helped establish the organization’s newest family medicine clinic – Red Rock Healthcare-Pella.

MaryJane Hunt, Chief Clinical Officer, has been employed at KHC for six years. With over 20 years of experience in the nursing field, MaryJane has served in various clinical and administrative capacities. In addition to her degree in nursing, MaryJane also holds a Master’s degree in Business Leadership from William Penn University. As Chief Clinical Officer, MaryJane oversees all clinical operations at KHC.

Julie Waltenberger, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Program Director, has been employed at KHC for three years. She received her degree in nursing in 2014 from Indian Hills Community College. As program director for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab, Julie strives to assist her patients in developing a healthy lifestyle plan to lower the likelihood of future heart problems and break the debilitating cycle of lung disease, so they can breathe easier, and lead full, satisfying lives to their highest functional capacity.

The 100 Great Iowa Nurses program recognizes outstanding nurses whose contributions to patients, colleagues and the profession are considered exceptional. Nurses from hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools and offices are all nominated, and the top 100 are chosen by a panel of reviewers who are all past honorees. The panel reviews each candidate and his or her qualities that show they go above and beyond the call of duty. The candidates are given points based on their concern for humanity, most significant contribution to the nursing profession and leadership and mentoring.

“I am very proud of Laci, MaryJane, and Julie and the work they do every day to help improve the health of the people and communities we serve,” said Kevin Kincaid, Chief Executive Officer, KHC. “They are excellent nurses and I am very happy that they have been publicly recognized for the important role they play in our organization.”

Laci, MaryJane, and Julie will be honored on May 6 at the 100 Great Iowa Nurses Celebration in Des Moines.

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, a Critical Access Hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area, is dedicated to providing personal, progressive quality health care with compassion.  For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418 or visit