Porter Adventist Hospital Nurses Nominated for Nightingale Award

Graham deGunst RN, BSN, manager in medical ICU; Sara Schaecher, RN, NP, cardiothoracic surgery, and Chris Lee, RN, post-anesthesia, join nursing professionals in Colorado and across the country in being recognized for their contributions to the profession and to patient care.

In nominating deGunst, co-worker, Luanne Netzel, RN, nursing manager, said: Graham is highly respected by physicians, his peers and patients. He is an ideal working manager who leads by example and is innovative with technology. His work with the Code Blue team has significantly changed patient outcomes for the better.

Sara has the trust of the cardiac surgeons and her patients to make critical decisions in their care, said Brenda Yost, director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Porter, in nominating Schaecher. She advocates for her patients wishes and goes to great lengths to ensure the patients needs are met.

Chris Lee was nominated in part for her significant contributions as education coordinator preparing classes and arranging continuing education credit opportunities for colleagues, said Tina Empey, RN, post-anesthesia care. Collaborating with co-workers and physicians, she exhibits unrivaled wisdom in her communication with patients, families and caregivers. She has an innate sensitivity and ability to address each patients needs, fears and concerns.

The Nightingale event was established in 1985 as a tribute to the professional excellence of Colorados registered nurses. The Nightingale Award was conceived to honor nurses whose contributions to human caring have gone beyond the cutting edge of the nursing profession.

Nominations of nurses for the Nightingale Award are solicited throughout the state in the fall of each year through the Colorado Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) System and the Colorado Springs and Western Slope Committees. The selection process results in 15 finalists who are recognized at the event along with the six recipients. Each AHEC and Colorado Springs host a regional event where nominees are recognized prior to the Nightingale event.

The 27th Annual Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Human Caring, hosted by the Colorado Nurses Foundation, will be held Saturday, May 19, where the finalists and the Award winners will be named.

About Porter Adventist Hospital
Porter Adventist Hospital is a full service, Nursing Magnet designated, 368-bed acute-care referral center for complex medicine and surgery patients. In addition to being ranked No. 1 for 2010 in overall cardiac care in Colorado by a national hospital reporting company, Porter specializes in cancer care, joint replacement, spinal care, advanced robotic surgery and organ transplantation. Porter is sponsored by Adventist Health System and is connected to Centura Health, Colorados health care leader, and its integrated statewide network of 13 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, affiliated partner hospitals, Flight For Life Colorado, and home care and hospice services. Together, Porter and Centura Health provide care that transcends the walls of a hospital. Connections that only Centura Health can make. For more information about Porter Adventist Hospital, visit www.porterhospital.org or the Media Room at http://porter.mediaroom.com.

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