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SCL Health – Good Samaritan Medical Center, Infection Preventionists Colorado Health Care Stars

DENVER, Colo. – August 21, 2020 – American Sentinel University and Colorado Hospital Association named Anne Dennis, Infection Prevention Manager and Kelley Knapek, Infection Prevention Specialist with SCL Health – Good Samaritan Medical Center (GSMC), as Colorado Health Care Star Award winners. This award recognizes them as exceptional health care professionals.

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.

Kelley and Anne have worked tirelessly to prevent hospital acquired infections across GSMC and engage front line employees in the process. They are highly collaborative with physicians, educators, and charge nurses to ensure GSMC provides the safest care for patients.

“A great example of their dedication is the work Kelley and Anne have done around catheter-associated urinary tract infections and central line-associated bloodstream infections,” said Elizabeth Stanton, Director of Professional Practice & Magnet Program at GSMC. “They collaborated with nursing education and the vascular access team to create in-person skill checkoffs and e-modules for foley and central line care for our staff members. They recruited a physician champion to support their work and address the necessity of lines during critical care rounds. And, they also collaborated with computer informatics to design a foley and central line report, which empowered charge nurses to easily identify fall-outs and unnecessary lines, and provide appropriate coaching to nurses to ensure best practice.”

“Kelley and Anne are excellent examples of health care stars because of their passion toward empowering frontline staff,” said Michael Rickart, Vice President of Partner Engagement for American Sentinel University. “They demonstrate the power of collaboration in health care and we are proud that our partnership with the Colorado Hospital Association allows us to honor their achievements.”

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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 nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), of 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 234-5100,, and regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), of 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604,

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