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American Sentinel University and Colorado Hospital Association Name Medical Center of Aurora Nurse Colorado Health Care Star

Award Recognizes Teresa Rightmer at Medical Center of Aurora as a Health Care Professional Making a Difference

AURORA, Colo. – January 30, 2018 – American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association named Teresa Rightmer, BSN, RN, a registered nurse at Medical Center of Aurora, as a Colorado Health Care Star Award winner. This award recognizes Rightmer 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 industry professionals in Colorado who exceed expectations in the delivery of health care.

Rightmer lives by the hospital mission; above all else, she is committed to the care and improvement of human life. In her role, she connects with her patients and their families to ensure that she delivers outstanding care and personalized service.

She often goes above and beyond her job description in her role. She emulates the ICARE standards of behavior held by the Medical Center of Aurora: she is compassionate to her patients and treats all coworkers with the same level of care.

Recently, Rightmer met two sisters on the hospital elevator who had just made the decision to take their other sister off life support and donate her organs. Rightmer recognized their sadness and kindly escorted them to the hospital chapel where they could discuss their decision in peace, and tracked down answers to all of their questions. She worked with the Donor Alliance nurses and found out that through their sister’s generous donation, three different children were helped. This extra assistance and compassion allowed the sisters to mourn and be reassured in their decision.

“Teresa is always recognized on nurse leader rounds by patients and staff for her unselfish approach and compassion to help others,” said Michelle Stierstorfer, Director of Surgical Services. “She leads with integrity and serves with excellence.”

Stierstorfer says that Rightmer’s dedication and drive to serve others makes her a true role model to everyone, including herself.

“Teresa inspires others to care unconditionally and stay connected to the purpose for which they serve,” said Stierstorfer.

“Nurses like Teresa are truly the heart in our health care system,” said Michael Richter, Vice President of Partner Engagement for American Sentinel University. “We are honored to recognize her as a Colorado Health Care Star, her warmth, dedication and attention to her patients’ physical and emotional health are inspiring.”

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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.

Learn more about American Sentinel University’s online degree programs at  or call 866.922.5690.

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.

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.