American Sentinel University and Colorado Hospital Association Name Banner Fort Collins Medical Center Nurse as July Colorado Health Care Star

– Award Recognizes Lori Sterbenk at Banner Fort Collins Medical Center as a Health Care Professional Making a Difference –

AURORA, Colo. – October 18, 2016 – American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) named Lori Sterbenk, RN, Senior Manager at Banner Fort Collins Medical Center as the July Colorado Health Care Stars Award winner. This award recognizes Sterbenk as an exceptional health care professional.

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.

In addition to serving as the senior manager at Banner Fort Collins Medical Center, Sterbenk has played a key role in opening its perioperative departments and ensuring compliance with the medical center’s regulatory agencies.

“Lori has been instrumental in not only opening the facility’s perioperative departments but also in ensuring compliance with regulatory agencies and quality outcomes of our patients,” says Roberta Bean, the Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Banner Fort Collins Medical Center.

Bean says that Sterbenk ensures great experiences for not only the medical center’s patients and their families, but for their physician partners and employees.

“She pays great attention to detail and regularly reaches out to physicians and their offices to touch base and ensure operations and relationships are smooth. Lori is a real health care star with our facility, organization, and the nursing profession,” she adds.

“Patients are entitled to safe, quality care. The nursing practice has a significant impact on health care delivery, patient safety, and patient outcomes,” says Chris Wolfe, Director of Program Strategy and Alliances at American Sentinel University.  “Nurse leaders like Lori Sterbenk will continue to play a vital role in the movement to promote safe care. It’s a privilege and honor to recognize Lori’s dedication to her patients and as a nurse leader by naming her the July 2016 Health Care Star.”

Nominate The Next Colorado Health Care Stars Winner

Nominate an exceptional clinical professional. 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.

About the Colorado Hospital Association

The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) represents 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.