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Boulder Community Health Blood Bank Supervisor a Colorado Health Care Star

Award Recognizes Kim Blain
as a Health Care Professional Making a Difference –

AURORA, Colo. – Aug. 15, 2019 – American Sentinel University and Colorado Hospital Association named Kim Blain, Blood Bank/Hematology Supervisor at Boulder Community Health, as a Colorado Health Care Star Award winner. This award recognizes Blain 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 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.

In her role, Blain is the blood bank resource for Boulder Community Health and actively participates on the Blood Utilization and Patient Safety Committees. Some of her many accomplishments include: helping to decrease blood utilization, optimizing transfusion practice, implementation of Pan Genera Detection (PGD) testing to extend platelet life and reduce wastage, implementing pathogen reduction technology (PRT) platelets to help with platelet acquired sepsis, and streamlining the blood bank workflow for mass casualty events.

“Kim has demonstrated her commitment to creating the safest situations possible for all patients, time and time again,” said Monica Phommarath, Laboratory Administrative Manager, Boulder Community Health. “She works collaboratively with other hospital departments and focuses on the patient first when identifying solutions to process gaps.”

“We are impressed by Kim’s focus on patient safety and admire her dedication to her profession,” said Michael Rickart, Vice President of Partner Engagement for American Sentinel University. “We’re happy that our partnership with the Colorado Hospital Association allows us to honor her achievements and name her a Colorado Health Star.”

Nominate the Next Colorado Health Care Stars Winner

Twelve winners are selected during the program year, awarded with $100 and entered into a drawing for a full-tuition scholarship for an accredited health care certificate or degree at American Sentinel University. 

About American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University delivers accredited online degree programs in nursing (BSN, MSN, and DNP) and healthcare management (MBA Healthcare). Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), of One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036. The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) of 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326. The University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, DEAC, 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 234-5100,

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About Colorado Hospital Association

Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is the leading voice of Colorado’s hospital and health system community. Representing more than 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout the state, CHA serves as a trusted, credible and reliable resource on health issues, hospital data and trends for its members, media, policymakers and the general public. Through CHA, Colorado’s hospitals and health systems work together in their shared commitment to improve health and health care in Colorado. Learn more at