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American Sentinel University and Colorado Hospital Association Name UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator a Colorado Health Care Star

Award Recognizes Frannie Johnson as a Health Care Professional Making a Difference

AURORA, Colo. – Feb. 20, 2019 – American Sentinel University and Colorado Hospital Association named Frannie Johnson, Breast Nurse Navigator, with UCHealth Gloria Gossard Breast Care Center, as a Colorado Health Care Star Award winner. This award recognizes Johnson 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.

Johnson navigates patients affected by breast cancer through the continuum of care including ensuring that patients are seen in a timely manner and receiving the life-saving diagnostic and therapeutic treatments necessary for survival. Steamboat is a small, rural community that lacks many of the resources larger cities offer.

“Frannie goes above and beyond on a daily basis and is known as a team player,” said Lindsay Jacox, Director of Imaging at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center. “In our small town, she creates lasting impressions with her patients. On any given day, no matter the venue, patients know Frannie Johnson — they know who she is, what she does and at least one person, if not many, have had Frannie change their lives for the better.”

“Committed healthcare professionals like Frannie who fight for their patients among a sometimes complicated treatment process are a true inspiration,” says Michael Rickart, Vice President of Partner Engagement for American Sentinel University. “We’re thrilled our partnership with the Colorado Hospital Association allows us to honor her achievements and to recognize her as a Colorado Health Star.”

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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.

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Sentinel University’s online degree programs at or call 866.922.5690.

About American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University delivers accredited online degree programs in nursing (BSN, MSN, and DNP) and healthcare management (MBA Healthcare, M.S. Information Systems Management, and M.S. Business Intelligence and Analytics). 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,

In June 2016, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) 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 four-year 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.

The MBA Healthcare Project-Based program is not included in the programs covered by the Higher Learning Commission designation of candidate for accreditation.

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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