Ward Group, an independent firm specializing in insurance industry benchmarking and best practices, has included Homesteaders Life Co. in its 2013 list of 50 top performing life and health insurers in the United States. Nearly 800 life-health insurance companies were analyzed for this year’s benchmarking.

For the sixth consecutive year, MidAmerican Energy Co. ranked highest in the Midwest Region-Large Segment for overall customer satisfaction in J.D. Power and Associates’ Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. 

For the second consecutive year, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines has been ranked as a U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospital in Iowa, with high performance in six medical specialties. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

Bob Brown of KJWW Engineering Consultants, Des Moines, has won an Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society for KJWW’s lighting design for the renovation of Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center at Veterans Memorial in Des Moines.