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American Sentinel University and Colorado Hospital Association Name Denver Health Nurse Colorado Health Care Star

– Award Recognizes Jennifer Hudson at Denver Health as a Health Care Professional Making a Difference –

AURORA, Colo. – November 1, 2016 – American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) named Jennifer Hudson, RN, at Denver Health’s Eastside Family Health Center’s Pediatric Clinic as a Colorado Health Care Stars Award winner. This award recognizes Hudson 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.

Hudson joined Denver Health as part of the new Pediatric Care Management RN Program. The program is designed to exemplify the potential of RNs to impact the health of local populations. In that role, she’s worked tirelessly to improve patient outcomes, decrease costs, and enhance patient experiences.

“Jennifer knows her patients and their families, and identifies needs, strengths, and potential gaps in care,” says Debra Gardner, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Denver Health. “She has been impressive with her ability to clearly communicate with the care team while advocating for the patient and working with the family.”

Gardner says Hudson’s contributions have played a prominent role in decreasing the need for care management interventions in the emergency room and inpatient services among children with special healthcare needs. Hudson has also significantly impacted patient-centered relationships with families that drive the patients back to primary care providers and community resources for appropriate support and care.

As a result, the cost savings achieved by the overall expanded care team, across the organization, exceeds $14 million for the past four years.

“Jennifer Hudson, and her contributions that exceed our expectations, as well as the Pediatric Care Management RN Program, have played a key role in our success,” adds Gardner.

“Caring for a child with a serious illness or a life-threatening condition is challenging. We are proud to honor Jennifer Hudson as an exceptional health care professional for her work caring for the youngest and most precious members of our community,” says Chris Wolfe, Director of Program Strategy and Alliances at American Sentinel University.  “We are proud to recognize Hudson’s commitment to nursing excellence in our community and name her a 2016 Health Care Star.”

Nominate an exceptional clinical professional by completing the nomination submission form.

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.