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Sheldon Physician Gets Statewide Honor

Sheldon, Iowa — A statewide honor has been bestowed upon one of the medical providers at Sanford Sheldon hospital.

The Iowa Hospital Association says that the Hospital Hero award is given to providers who have acted courageously in a moment’s crisis or who have selflessly served their hospitals and communities throughout their careers.

Sanford’s Dr. Sara Zoelle, M.D., has been selected as one of the twelve Hospital Heroes by the Iowa Hospital Association at their annual conference. Dr. Zoelle has been a family physician at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center since 1997 and has served multiple terms as the chief of staff. She tells about receiving the award.


Zoelle gives us her feelings upon being selected for this award.


Dr. Zoelle is the O’Brien County medical examiner and Medical Director for both the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team and the Osceola County Ambulance. In addition, Dr. Zoelle serves as the Medical Director for Village Northwest Unlimited. She is a wife and a mother of three, a fourth-degree black belt in taekwondo and a crafter – when time allows.

The hospital association says that each day across Iowa’s hospitals, more than 70,000 people serve their communities and celebrate a winning team of everyday heroes. They are “healers and miracle workers, young and old, men and women who are all part of this team of everyday heroes to deliver the high-quality care that patients need and deserve.”

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