Published on April 30, 2015

Parkview Nightingale Nurses Recognized at Statewide Event  

Parkview Medical Center is proud to have three outstanding nurses recognized for their career accomplishments at the 2015 Nightingale Luminary Awards Program on May 9th in Denver. The Colorado Nurses Foundation hosts the awards program annually to provide state level recognition of over 40 nurses. This is the first year Parkview has had three Nightingale Luminary Nominees.
The Nightingale Awards event was founded in 1985 to honor nurses who best exemplify the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer who epitomized the art of helping people toward their optimal health. Registered Nurses throughout the state are nominated in the Fall and a regional event is hosted to select the nominees that will be honored at the state level. The Southeastern Colorado event was held on March 20 and 29 nominees were honored. Nine of those nominees were from Parkview. Each nominee received a Nightingale nominee certificate, plaque and Nightingale lantern. The nominees from Parkview were: Andrea Geitner, Susan Giebel, Camille Hodapp, Lauri Martin, Lisa McCullough, Angela Ramsey, Sara Schultz, Terri Tibbs and Kay Walen.
Finalists, known as Luminaries are selected by the regions and the state selection committee determines the recipients. The Luminaries from Parkview are:

  • Camille Hodapp nominated in the Clinical Practice Category for Leadership. Camille is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. She values parents and infants staying together for as long as they can particularly when the sick infants may require separation for medical reasons. Camille acquired a grant that funded the purchase of a premature infant simulator for Parkview. This simulator is instrumental in providing education to staff and families. Camille has spearheaded a community task force to evaluate the cause of the high number of drug exposures to unborn babies.
  • Sue Giebel nominated in the Administration/Education/Research and Non-Traditional Category for Leadership. Sue works as the Nurse Manager in the Emergency Department. Sue increased efficiency and decreased errors in labeling lab specimens in the Emergency Department by identifying the issue, researching solutions, providing education and implementing a specimen labeling process. The improved process has increased patient access to care and shortened length of stay in the Emergency Department.
  • Terri Tibbs nominated in the Administration/Education/Research and Non-Traditional category for Advocacy. Terri works as the Clinical Coordinator for Parkview Mobile Nurses. Her team conducted more than 335 community events and administered over 4,000 flu shots in one year! Terri’s team not only serves the Pueblo community, but they extend their services to Trinidad, Ordway, and other communities in southern Colorado.

The recipients of the Nightingale Luminary Awards will be announced on May 9th and the winners will receive a commemorative Nightingale bronze sculpture. Good luck to all the Luminary nominees.

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.