We are incredibly fortunate to have so many kind and thoughtful friends who give to UnityPoint Health – Meriter from their hearts to improve the lives of our patients and the health of our community.
Sculptor Mick Evans and Sue Evans
Sharing Comfort and Courage With Others
When we met the folks at UnityPoint Health - Meriter Foundation, it opened a way to give back to the community. In addition, we have had 3 grand-children born at Meriter, and our son was saved by the doctors and staff after a serious car accident many years ago. So, we have many things to be thankful for when we think of Meriter.
Sculpting in stone is another way of talking, but the words
are replaced with a visual and tactile experience. With my first sculpture, Comfort, the message is in the deep love
that a mother has for her child. The second
sculpture, Courage, represents being
courageous in the face of adversity. In
the case of the polar bears, the mother and cub have abruptly stopped and are
turning and looking at a potential danger, opportunity for food, or any other
reason polar bears take special notice.
The cub bristles and the mother bear remains calm and steadfast. The body language of the mother bear tells
the cub that "it will be alright". And,
for anyone observing in the hospital, the message of courage will provide that
same hope, strength and resolve in the face of uncertainty.
Comfort is on display in the
Center for Perinatal Care outdoor garden, and Courage can be viewed in the Atrium Surgical Waiting Area at the
Nurse Manager Sue Ellen Dolan
Creating the Best Start for Mothers & Babies
I have been part of the Women's Health care team at UnityPoint Health – Meriter for 35 years. My career started as a labor and delivery staff nurse at Methodist Hospital in 1981. Since then, I have held many positions all focused on creating the best start for mothers and babies including assistant nurse manager, day charge nurse, and Women's Health Informatics. Currently, I'm the Nurse Manager for Women's Health Outpatient Services overseeing the WomanCare Clinic, Center for Perinatal Care, and Women's Health Education Department.
The Center for Perinatal Care uses the latest technology and the expertise of our Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists to guide the care of women with high-risk pregnancies, whether it is a maternal or fetal concern. Our care team is made of many individuals in a variety of roles who work together to care for and nurture the family through their pregnancy journey and towards the best possible
"I am proud to be part of the Women's Health Division and
feel that giving back to UnityPoint Health – Meriter is a small way to help
support our future vision and improve the health of mothers and babies."