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American Sentinel University and Colorado Hospital Association Honor 2015 Colorado Health Care Stars at Awards Dinner

– Event Recognizes Health Care Stars’ Achievements and Names Scholarship Award Winner –

AURORA, Colo. – March 7, 2016 – American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) recognized the achievements of the 2015 Colorado Health Care Stars at an awards dinner held on March 3 at Creekside Cellars in Evergreen, Colo.

The event commemorated the achievements of the 2015 Colorado Health Care Star Award Winners and acknowledged each as an exceptional professional making a difference in the delivery of health care in Colorado.

Kate Hugo, BSN, RN, Valley View Hospital (Glenwood Springs) received a scholarship toward an accredited health care certificate or degree from American Sentinel University.

“American Sentinel University is proud to partner with the Colorado Hospital Association to recognize nursing leaders who are improving the health of our community, creating new approaches to the delivery of care, and who exemplify the best and most dedicated professionals in a field that touches everyone. We recognize the efforts of the 2015 Health Care Stars and offer our heartfelt thanks for all they do in the health care profession,” says Mary Adams, President and Chief Academic Officer of American Sentinel University.

The 2015 Health Care Star Award Winners were on hand at the event. Also, in attendance were the health care professionals who nominated the Health Care Stars for the award.

This year’s Health Care Star Award Winners include:

  • Patrice Ansbaugh, RN, medical/surgery/pediatrics at Boulder Community Hospital (Boulder)
  • Kim Blair, RN, member of the staffing department in the Outpatient Infusion Unit at Memorial Hospital, part of University of Colorado Health (Colorado Springs)
  • Robyn Burns, RN, member of the Day Surgery Unit Facilitator at Valley View Hospital (Glenwood Springs)
  • Theresa Byczkowski, RN, BSN, medical/surgical team at Sterling Regional MedCenter (Sterling)
  • Susan Clarke, APN, professional development specialist at the Children’s Hospital Colorado (Aurora)
  • Kate Hugo, BSN, RN, member of the Day Surgery Unit at the Shared Governance Program at Valley View Hospital (Glenwood Springs)
  • Marcie Ludwig, clinical nurse educator at Children’s Hospital Colorado (Aurora)
  • Gentry Mansur, RN, BSN, MBA, CMSRN, director, medical/surgical/telemetry at Platte Valley Medical Center (Brighton)
  • Janet Pierce, RN, BSN, medical/surgical team at Sterling Regional MedCenter (Sterling)
  • Mary Salabounis, RN, member of the surgical department at Aspen Valley Hospital (Aspen)
  • Lynda Steinbach, RN, BSN, education coordinator and emergency preparedness director at Grand River Health (Rifle)

Colorado Health Care Stars is a statewide health care professional award recognition program sponsored by American Sentinel University and CHA. The program was launched in February 2015 to acknowledge clinical professionals in Colorado who exceed expectations in the delivery of health care.

“We have deep admiration and appreciation for this year’s group of nursing leaders, who work hard to ensure their health care organizations achieve the highest-quality patient outcomes,” says Michael Scott, vice president, Colorado Hospital Association. “Recognition is more meaningful when it comes from peers, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of these talented nursing leaders who have been nominated by fellow industry professionals for embodying critical traits that are synonymous with health care.”

Nominate The Next Colorado Health Care Stars Winner

Each month CHA draws from the pool of nominees and chooses an individual that will be featured the following month on the CHA Career Center website, receive a $100 Visa gift card courtesy of American Sentinel University and be entered into a drawing at the end of the year for a monetary scholarship toward an accredited health care certificate or degree at American Sentinel University. Learn more about American Sentinel University’s online degree programs.

About the Colorado Hospital Association

The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) represents more than 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout Colorado. CHA partners with its members to work towards health reform and performance improvement, and provides advocacy and representation at the state and federal level. Colorado hospitals and health systems are committed to providing coverage and access to safe, high-quality and affordable health care. In addition, Colorado hospitals have a tremendous impact on the state’s economic stability and growth, contributing to nearly every community across the state with 72,000 employees statewide.

About American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited online nursing degree programs in nursing, informatics, MBA Health Care, DNP Executive Leadership and DNP Educational Leadership. Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The university is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Accrediting Commission of DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.