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

Award Recognizes April Lewis at Avista Adventist Hospital as a Health Care Professional Making a Difference

AURORA, Colo. – July 11, 2017 – American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association named April Lewis, RN, CPAN, a member of the post-anesthesia care unit at Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville, as a Colorado Health Care Star Award winner. This award recognizes Lewis 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 the Colorado Hospital Association. The program was launched in February 2015 to acknowledge clinical professionals in Colorado who exceed expectations in the delivery of health care.

Lewis was tired of hearing colleagues apologize to patients and physicians for the lack of coordination between the different facets of the perioperative services at Avista Adventist Hospital and decided to become part of the solution.

Over the last year, Lewis led five wide-ranging improvement teams at the hospital’s perioperative division with the goal of making Avista the easiest place to operate for physicians, while providing a seamless experience for patients.

Ronald Robinson, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Avista Adventist Hospital says as a result of Lewis’ efforts, the perioperative process has been streamlined from the time of the surgeon’s decision to operate through the pre-surgical testing process to the actual surgery, PACU and discharge planning.

“These efforts have resulted in increased patient safety, surgeon, anesthesia and nursing satisfaction and have drastically improved Avista’s efficiency,” says Dr. Robinson.

He attributes Lewis’ engaging leadership style for the success of this initiative and says Lewis is now being asked to participate in similar projects in other hospital departments.

“I’m humbled by April’s demonstration of what a bedside nurse can do when she puts her mind to it, and we are honored to call her our Colorado Health Care Star,” says Dr. Robinson.

“Health care organizations like Avista Adventist Health are under intense pressure to operate more efficiently. Experienced nurse leaders like April Lewis play a pivotal role in leading change, managing teams and improving patient care to promote organizational goals,” says Chris Wolfe, Director of Program Strategy and Alliances at American Sentinel University. “It’s a privilege to recognize April as an exemplary nurse leader and name her a Colorado Health Care Star.”

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Each month the Colorado Hospital Association draws from the pool of nominees and chooses an individual that will be featured the following month on the Colorado Hospital Association 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.

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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.

In June 2016, the Higher Education Commission Board of Trustees voted to grant American Sentinel University the status of candidate for accreditation. Institutions seeking accreditation by HLC are required to complete a period of candidacy before being evaluated for full accreditation. To earn and maintain candidacy, American Sentinel must fully meet the Commission’s Eligibility Requirements and Assumed Practices and demonstrate the capacity to meet all the Criteria for Accreditation within the candidacy period.

Please note, the MBA Healthcare Project-Based program is pending review for inclusion in the university’s programs covered by the Higher Learning Commission designation of candidate for accreditation.

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About the Colorado Hospital Association

The Colorado Hospital Association represents 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout Colorado. The Colorado Hospital Association 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.