Allen College

Pamela K. Delagardelle
CEO, UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital, Waterloo, Iowa

Pam Delagardelle began her career in healthcare as a nurse in 1983. She successfully moved up through the ranks in healthcare from Director of Patient Care, to Managed Care Facilitator, to Clinical Integration Coordinator, and eventually to CEO. She also served as an Assistant Professor at Allen College in Waterloo. Under Pam’s leadership, the hospitals and systems she’s managed have won numerous awards for safety, patient care and patient satisfaction.

Pam earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Mount Mercy in 1984. She earned her Master’s Degree of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Iowa in 1997, with an emphasis on hospital and business administration. She was the recipient of the Mount Mercy University Distinguished Service Award in 2012 and a participant in the Success Follows alumni outcomes project.

Pam has served on numerous professional and community boards as a member and chair, including the Iowa Hospital Association, Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation Board, and HealthNet Connect Board. She has served Holy Family Parish in many capacities, including new church committee chair and capital campaign chair, Sacristan, Liturgist and Volunteer, and has served on the Saint Edward’s School Board of Education. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Kappa Xi Chapter.

Pam is married, has five children, and lives with her husband, Rick, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.