American Sentinel University and Colorado Hospital Association Name Nurses

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January 28, 2016

American Sentinel University and Colorado Hospital Association Name Nurses at Sterling Regional MedCenter January Colorado Health Care Stars

Award Recognizes Tracie Byczkowski and Janet Pierce at Sterling Regional MedCenter as Nursing Professionals Making a Difference in Health Care Today

AURORA, CO - American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) recently named Theresa "Tracie" Byczkowski, RN, BSN and Janet Pierce, RN, BSN, as the January Colorado Health Care Stars Award Winners. This award recognizes Byczkowski and Pierce, both members of the medical/surgical team at Sterling Regional MedCenter (SRM), as exceptional health care professionals.

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.

Byczkowski is a long-tenured employee at SRM and supports the medical/surgical areas as well as the postpartum newborn families in the Family Birthing Center. She plans to begin orientation to the Intensive Care Unit through the hospital's Banner-ICU Academy.

Recently, she served in an interim four-month role as a preceptor for a BSN student from the University of Wyoming.

"Tracie's faithful advocacy of patients, families and co-workers is enduring at our hospital," says Wade Tyrrell, CNO at SRM. "She's an inaugural member of our Nursing Peer Review Subcommittee and is always giving back to the nursing profession."

The second award recipient, Janet Pierce, is a key member of SRM's medical nursing team. "She consistently demonstrates a calm, supportive and compassionate approach," says Tyrrell. "Her style is unique, comforting, focused and skillful."

Tyrrell says that Pierce is an integral member of SMR's Quality and Safety Committee and actively participated in an FMEA on patient falls to identify key factors contributing to increases. As a result, Pierce and the committee provided education to co-workers to decrease fall rates over the prior year and her work continues today.

"Her potential is limitless," says Tyrrell.