Denise Cundy Named New UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Chief Nurse Exec

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Denise Cundy Named New UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Chief Nurse Executive

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Denise Cundy, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC has been named Chief Nursing Executive for  UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, effective May 31, 2020. Cundy takes over the position after Deb Moyer’s retirement in May.

Cundy previously served as the Assistant Vice President for Nursing and Care Coordination at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. She has 22 years of nursing leadership experience, including nursing roles in med/surg, critical care, emergency medicine, dialysis and academia.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue leading nurses in central Iowa at UnityPoint Health,” says Cundy. ‘I’m excited to continue building upon the legacy of professional nursing practice left by Deb Moyer by focusing on the future of the nursing profession and finding innovative solutions to health care delivery." 

Cundy earned a Diploma in Nursing from Sioux Valley Hospital School of Nursing in Sioux Falls, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Huron University in South Dakota and Master of Science with a focus on nursing education from South Dakota State University.  She is also a Board-Certified Nurse Executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and completed the Executive Fellowship in Healthcare Innovation Leadership at Arizona State University and was named a Top 100 Great Iowa Nurse in 2015. 

"After conducting a national search for our next chief nursing executive, Denise proved she was the right person for the job,” says David Stark, president and CEO at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. “Denise has been providing nursing leadership for many years and I am confident in her ability to take our team to the next level.” 

Cundy has demonstrated excellence in quality patient care in her time at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, implementing the MakerNurse program, co-leading the Just Culture work and implementing a continuous video monitoring program.