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DAVE & KATIE PALMER

Dave is one of the co-founders of Highland Medical Staffing. As a previous traveling RN, Dave saw a niche for highly-qualified, dedicated nurses to support facilities throughout Iowa and across the United States. As Dave advanced his vision, he saw the potential of Highland Medical Staffing. Dave brings with him over a decade of nursing experience in the specialties of hospice, medical/surgical, orthopedics, and oncology. As the Chief Executive Officer for Highland Medical Group, Dave was instrumental in achieving the initial JCAHO certification in 2018. As a visionary leader, Highland Medical Group nursing staff describe him as a transparent leader and motivated to cultivate an environment fostering integrity and unity. Dave received his BSN from Grand View University in Des Moines, IA. In his spare time, Dave enjoys spending time with his family on their hobby farm and camping with friends and family as well as the occasional round of golf. Dave has been elected to the local school board and is currently the president.

Katie is one of the co-founders of Highland Medical Group. Katie brings with her 15 years of nursing experience in specialties like emergency medicine, critical care, telemetry, medical/surgical, and home health. As Chief Nursing Officer for Highland Medical Group, Katie was instrumental in achieving the initial JCAHO certification in 2018. Additionally, Katie is responsible for facilitating staff education, coordination of staff in-services and other professional development activities, and finally active in staff recruitment, scheduling, and credentialing. Katie received her BSN from Grandview University in Des Moines, IA. In her spare time, Katie volunteers with Cedar Highland 4-H group & St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Churdan, IA. Clients describe Katie as highly engaged and very skilled in emergency nursing.

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GREG OPSETH

Greg Opseth started at Highland Medical Group as Chief Operating Officer in April 2021. Opseth brings with him nearly a decade of leadership experience in healthcare. Most recently, Opseth served the CNO at Guthrie County Hospital (GCH) in Guthrie Center, IA. Opseth was instrumental in launching a shared governance platform in the nursing department at GCH. Under Opseth’s leadership, the GCH nursing team achieved 100 percent patient satisfaction scores in four different HCAHPS categories, launched a new staffing matrix and FTE structure, and implemented unique, separate recognition programs for both registered nurses (DAISY Award) and certified nursing assistants (Sunshine Award). Opseth is a member of the Board of Directors at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, Nebraska. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Organization for Nursing Leadership, Iowa Nurses Association, and the Iowa Nurses Foundation. Opseth is also a member of the American Nurses Association and American Organization for Nursing Leadership. Opseth graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, Nebraska. He obtained his master’s degree of health care administration from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In his spare time, he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and 2 children. At the top of his bucket list is visiting all the MLB stadiums nationwide—so far, he has visited 11 of the 30.

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KIM SIMMONS

Kim brings more than 20 years of emergency nursing and leadership expertise to Highland Medical Group.  Combining her love for patient care with a strong knowledge of other areas including workers compensation, employee health and infection prevention has provided Kim with a great foundation in compliance.  Kim is enthusiastic about education and enjoys instructing BLS, ACLS and PALS.  Her passion lies with helping people, both professionally and personally, and seeing the positive effects it can have.  In her spare time, Kim enjoys volunteering in her community and spending as much time as possible relaxing and taking in the moment with her husband and 3 children.