Published on November 13, 2018

Parkview Medical Center is a busy place.

But we try to take advantage of every opportunity we can to recognize the hard-working staff who make it possible to provide the best health care to Pueblo and Southern Colorado.

As part of those efforts, Parkview holds an annual employee appreciation brunch and dinner with entertainment. At the dinner, the Parkview Foundation honors a select group of employees with its Starburst Awards.

Starburst award winners are nominated by their peers as examples of going above and beyond the call of duty to care for their patients and each other.

Starburst Award winners for 2018 are:

Melinda Pfeiff

Melinda Pfeiff

Moon Beam Winner

Melinda Pfieff, a cardiac float nurse in the ICU, Melinda is known as the “mother” of the unit during the night shift on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Pfieff can be relied upon to answer questions from others on the unit no matter how busy she is and ensure that each of her patients and coworkers are good before leaving her shift. Pfieff was given the Starburst award in the Moonbeam category for night shift workers.

Melinda McAndrews

Melinda McAndrews

Clinical Winner

Melinda McAndrews was honored with the Starburst Clinical award this year, and it was for the way she honors her military service and the service of those she cares for that earned her the award.

McAndrews led Parkview’s efforts to initiate a program that honors military veterans who are treated at the hospital. Veterans, if they so choose, can have a special sign hung at their bedside informing people of their service. And if they should take their last breath in the hospital, an announcement is made over the intercom inviting people to pay their last respects. A prayer is read and the veteran is taken away in a cart draped with the U.S. Flag to honor their service.

Jamie Wells

Jamie Wells

Sunshine Winner

Parkview Medical Center is growing its reputation as a teaching hospital and 2018’s Starburst Sunshine award winner, given to nonclinical staff, has helped add a new teaching program to the facility.

Jaimie Wells envisioned the Parkview Medical Center School of Phlebotomy and then helped put the school in motion. She was successful in that effort, in addition to serving as a crucial component in the treatment and diagnosis of patients. Wells is respected by the nursing staff for her skill, commitment and compassion with patients, even singing to children getting their blood drawn and pinning patients with guardian angels to make them smile.

Women's Services

Women's Services

Parkview Way Team Winner

The Starburst Team award was given to a department that has been instrumental in preparing Parkview Medical Center for the additional demand put upon it by the drastic reduction in services at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. Parkview’s Birth Place labor and delivery floor worked through construction in the nursery and a 21-percent increase in the number of deliveries to maintain a calm and ordered environment for the new lives to grace Pueblo. There was never any panic, even when a record 198 babies were delivered in August. The labor and delivery team met these new challenges with a can-do attitude.

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.