There's Still Time To Get Involved In The 2017 Nightingale Luminary Awards & Gala

The Colorado Nurses Foundation is looking forward to seeing you at the statewide Nightingale Luminary Awards & Gala on May 13 at the Grand Hyatt Denver. Some reminders:

• The deadline to get the lowest-priced tickets and tables is this Sunday, April 30. Click here to learn more and to buy your tickets. 

• The Nightingale Gift-Basket Challenge, new for 2017, is a competition among 1) hospitals & health-care facilities, 2) nursing schools and 3) nonprofit nursing organizations (including DNAs). Learn all about it and get in on the fun by working with your team on a themed gift-basket entry! Click here to learn more. 

• Your silent-auction item donations are GREATLY appreciated. Learn more here and let us know what you can donate. 

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We look forward to seeing everyone at the state Awards & Gala.

Colorado Nightingales Displayed On Single Web Page For First Time

DENVER – The complete list of 669 Colorado Nightingale honorees are displayed on a single web page for the first time as the Colorado Nurses Foundation prepared to hold the 32nd annual installment of the gala honoring nurses statewide.

The new Nightingale “Honor Roll” is a separate tab here on the Colorado Nurses Foundation website.

The honor roll lists the honorees year by year with the dates and places of that year’s gala. Recipients are designated in bold face type. From 1986 through 2010, Nightingale honorees were presented as “finalists.” That gave way to the current Luminary designation beginning in 2011.

Fifty-seven Colorado nurses are to be honored the evening of Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt Denver as Colorado Nightingale Luminaries. Committees covering 10 regions across the state selected the Luminary honorees from among 266 nominations received. At the gala, 12 of this year's luminaries are to be announced as recipients of the Colorado Nightingale Award, Colorado nursing's highest honor.

Excitement Builds As 57 Colorado Nurses Are To Be Honored May 13 As Nightingale Luminaries

DENVER -- Fifty-seven Colorado nurses will be honored the evening of Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt Denver as Colorado Nightingale Luminaries for their service to the nursing profession.

Committees covering 10 regions across the state selected the Luminary honorees -- citing their leadership, innovation or advocacy, in both clinical and non-clinical practice  -- from among 266 nominations received between October 2016 and January 2017.

At the gala, 12 of this year's luminaries are to be announced as recipients of the Colorado Nightingale Award, Colorado nursing's highest honor. 

Among health systems, Centura Health had the most 2017 luminaries, with eight; followed by HealthOne and UCHealth, with six luminaries; SCL Health, with four; and Banner Health and Children's Hospital Colorado, with three each. Employers with two luminaries each were Denver Health, Parkview Medical Center, San Luis Valley Health, Southwest Health Systems, VA Grand Junction Veteran Health Care System and Valley-Wide Health Systems.

Luminaries hail from all over the state, with six living in the city of Denver; five in Colorado Springs; four in Aurora and Alamosa; three in Durango and Pueblo; and two each in Broomfield, Castle Rock; Fort Collins, Golden, Grand Junction, Greeley, Parker and Thornton. Cities that are home to one luminary each are Arvada, Breckenridge, Brighton, Castle Rock, Craig, Dolores, Englewood, Fruita, Hudson, Lakewood, Milliken, Monument, Palisade, Pueblo West, Rocky Ford and Westminster. 

The complete list of 2017 luminaries is below, in alphabetical order by name, followed by each nurse's place of residence and employer. (The roster of all honorees since 1986 is here.)

Nurse, Place of Residence, Employer

  1. Ellen Ahlers, Denver, HealthOne Rose Medical Center
  2. Jaimie Klein Altenburg, Grand Junction, SCL Health St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center
  3. Kelly Beach, Colorado Springs, Children's Hospital Colorado working at Memorial Hospital
  4. Sandi Beheiry, Alamosa, Valley-Wide Health Systems
  5. Esther Carpenter, Westminster, Children's Hospital Colorado
  6. Sara Carver, Durango, Southern Rockies Addiction Treatment Services
  7. Chris Casper, La Junta, Arkvalley Resource Center
  8. Susan Caudle, Durango, Centura Health Mercy Hospice
  9. MaryJo Coast, Denver, Regis University
  10. Deb Crook, Breckenridge, Retired from Summit County
  11. Sherilyn (Sheri) Deakins, Denver, Centura Health Porter Adventist Hospital
  12. Courtney Donovan, Lafayette, SCL Health Good Samaritan Medical Center
  13. Sherry Eidsness, Grand Junction, SCL Health St. Mary's Hospital
  14. Roan Facey-Dunn, Fort Carson, Evans Army Community Hospital
  15. Kathy Fagan, Craig, Colorado Northwestern Community College
  16. Amanda Foss, Aurora, Children's Hospital Colorado
  17. Kelly Gallegos, La Jara, San Luis Valley Health
  18. Carol Goldstein, Denver, Regis University School of Nursing
  19. Kelsi Griffin, Aurora, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
  20. Robyn Gustafson, Fort Collins, UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital
  21. Miriam Halazon, Englewood, HealthOne Swedish Medical Center
  22. Nina Harmsen, Alamosa, San Luis Valley Health
  23. Amanda Harrison, Durango, Pediatric Partners of the Southwest
  24. Sherri Hess, Denver, Denver Health
  25. Rebecca Johnson, Aurora, HealthOne The Medical Center of Aurora
  26. Deborah Kenny, Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  27. Suzanne Ketchem, Brighton, Banner Health North Colorado Medical Center
  28. Kelley Kovar, Littleton, Centura Health Littleton Adventist Hospital
  29. Jody Lamb, Cortez, Southwest Health Systems
  30. Ellen Lane, Pueblo, Centura St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
  31. Rhonda Lewis, Pueblo, Parkview Medical Center
  32. Michelle Mascarenas, Alamosa, Valley-Wide Health Systems
  33. Colleen McIlvennan, Aurora, University of Colorado Denver
  34. Megan Mines, Aurora, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
  35. Caren Misky, Denver, DispatchHealth
  36. Stephen Neuman, Greeley, Banner Health North Colorado Medical Center
  37. Elissa Peters, Colorado Springs, Centura Health Penrose-St. Francis Hospital
  38. Janet Philson, Pueblo, Parkview Medical Center
  39. Leigh Porzel, Denver, HealthOne Rose Medical Center
  40. Corissa Post, Evergreen, Centura Health Physician Group
  41. Allissa Randazzo, Loveland, Aspen House Memory Care
  42. Amanda Reff, Denver, SCL Health Saint Joseph Hospital
  43. Melanie Roberts, Loveland, UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies
  44. Anita Roberts, Denver, Denver Health Medical Center {Eastside Pediatric-Teen Clinic}
  45. Elizabeth Roten, Grand Junction, VA Grand Junction Veteran Health Care System
  46. Terri Schmitt, Cortez, Vista Mesa Assisted Living
  47. Teresa Shields, Grand Junction, VA Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System
  48. Capt John Smith, USAFA, USAFA/10 MDG
  49. Meredith Snyder, Aurora, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
  50. Elena Nelson Squires, Greeley, Banner Health Northern Colorado Region
  51. Karen Sublett, Colorado Springs, Centura Health Penrose St Francis Health Services
  52. Ryan P. Thornton, Englewood, HealthOne Swedish Medical Center
  53. Kelly Wade, Pueblo, Colorado Mental Health Institutes at Pueblo
  54. Michelle Whaley, Englewood, HealthOne Swedish Medical Center
  55. Erin Wiley, Aurora, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
  56. Karen E. Wilson, Parker, Centura Health Parker Adventist Hospital
  57. Nikole Young, Cortez, Southwest Memorial Hospital

The Colorado Nurses Foundation administers the Colorado Nightingale Luminary Awards and convenes the statewide committee that selects 12 recipients of the Colorado Nightingale Award.

Local Area Health Education Centers, or AHECs, and independent Nightingale committees solicit nominations across 10 regions and designate up to 60 luminaries. 

Announcing the Colorado Nightingale Gift-Basket Challenge 

DENVER - The Colorado Nurses Foundation today announced the 2017 Nightingale Gift-Basket Challenge honoring Colorado­­ nurses and benefiting the foundation’s nursing education and recognition programs.

Gift baskets entered into the competition will be raffled off during the 2017 Colorado Nightingale Luminary Awards and Gala on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton St, Denver, CO 80202

How the contest works: Submissions will be accepted from three types of organizations — 1) Hospitals and other health-care facilities, 2) Nursing schools and 3) Nursing nonprofit organizations including district nursing associations, or DNAs.

Only one gift-basket submission is allowed per institution, school or organization. Other gift baskets are welcomed in the annual Nightingale Silent Auction. In the case of multiple entries per organization, the chief nursing officer, the dean or director of a nursing school or the board president of the nursing nonprofit organization will designate the basket to be entered in the Gift-Basket Challenge.

Baskets should be creatively themed, with some possible themes below:

• Aromatherapy Gift Basket

• Artist’s Basket

• Baked Goods Basket

• Beach Days Basket

• Bookworm Basket

• Camping Package

• Chocolate Lover’s Basket

• Family Game Night Basket

• Gardening Basket

• Gift Card Basket

• Globetrotter’s Basket

• Rainy Day Basket

• Spa Day Package

• Tea Time Gift Basket

• Ultimate Coffee Basket

• Wine & Cheese Basket

First prizes will be given in each of the three categories, with a Best in Show award across all the categories.

Gift baskets will be judged for uniqueness/originality of theme, creativity of design, selection of items included, and overall presentation.

Please let the foundation know of your intent to submit an item by emailing Kim Clary at kim.clary@civicamanagement.com or calling her at 720-457-1192. Please make arrangements to have your basket delivered prior to 5 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, to the foundation’s offices at 2851 Parker Road, Suite 1210, Aurora, CO 80014. Alternatively, baskets may be taken to the hotel on the day of the event only, but they must be taken to the hotel’s ballroom by 3 p.m. The foundation can make arrangements to pick up baskets with two days’ notice, with limitations.

Purchase Your Nightingale Tickets Or Table Before Prices Rise April 30

It's that time of year -- Nightingale season -- when the Colorado Nurses Foundation and regional AHECs and independent committees celebrate great nurses from around the state. 

This year, the number of regional finalists, called Luminaries, is 57 out of a maximum of 60. They'll come to the Grand Hyatt Denver on May 13 to be feted, and 12 of them will be chosen for the Colorado Nightingale Award, Colorado nursing's highest honor. 

Tickets are still available, but they're going fast. Please order before ticket and table prices rise on April 30, 2017! You can order your tickets by clicking on this link. 

View this year's Luminaries.

View the Honor Role (since 1986)

Silent Auction & Gift Bag Items Sought For 2017 Nightingale Awards

Silent-auction and gift-bag items are sought for the 2017 Colorado Nightingale Luminary Awards & Gala event. 

Great silent auctions include jewelry, vacation-home rentals, movie & theatre passes, singing or ballroom lessons, museum memberships, wine & beer, gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates, sports tickets and more. 

Please let us know what you can donate by completing this form. 

57 Colorado Nurses To Be Honored May 13 As Nightingale Luminaries

DENVER -- Fifty-seven Colorado nurses will be honored the evening of Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt Denver as Colorado Nightingale Luminaries for their service to the nursing profession.

Committees covering 10 regions across the state selected the Luminary honorees -- citing their leadership, innovation or advocacy, in both clinical and non-clinical practice  -- from among 266 nominations received between October 2016 and January 2017.

At the gala, 12 of this year's luminaries are to be announced as recipients of the Colorado Nightingale Award, Colorado nursing's highest honor. 

Among health systems, Centura Health had the most 2017 luminaries, with eight; followed by HealthOne and UCHealth, with six luminaries; SCL Health, with four; and Banner Health and Children's Hospital Colorado, with three each. Employers with two luminaries each were Denver Health, Parkview Medical Center, San Luis Valley Health, Southwest Health Systems, VA Grand Junction Veteran Health Care System and Valley-Wide Health Systems.

Luminaries hail from all over the state, with six living in the city of Denver; five in Colorado Springs; four in Aurora and Alamosa; three in Durango and Pueblo; and two each in Broomfield, Castle Rock; Fort Collins, Golden, Grand Junction, Greeley, Parker and Thornton. Cities that are home to one luminary each are Arvada, Breckenridge, Brighton, Castle Rock, Craig, Dolores, Englewood, Fruita, Hudson, Lakewood, Milliken, Monument, Palisade, Pueblo West, Rocky Ford and Westminster. 

The complete list of 2017 luminaries is below, in alphabetical order by name, followed by each nurse's place of residence and employer. (The roster of all honorees since 1986 is here.)

Nurse, Place of Residence, Employer
Ellen Ahlers, Denver, HealthOne Rose Medical Center
Jaimie Klein Altenburg, Grand Junction, SCL Health St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center
Kelly Beach, Colorado Springs, Children's Hospital Colorado working at Memorial Hospital
Sandi Beheiry, Alamosa, Valley-Wide Health Systems
Esther Carpenter, Westminster, Children's Hospital Colorado
Sara Carver, Durango, Southern Rockies Addiction Treatment Services
Chris Casper, La Junta, Arkvalley Resource Center
Susan Caudle, Durango, Centura Health Mercy Hospice
MaryJo Coast, Denver, Regis University
Deb Crook, Breckenridge, Retired from Summit County
Sherilyn (Sheri) Deakins, Denver, Centura Health Porter Adventist Hospital
Courtney Donovan, Lafayette, SCL Health Good Samaritan Medical Center
Sherry Eidsness, Grand Junction, SCL Health St. Mary's Hospital
Roan Facey-Dunn, Fort Carson, Evans Army Community Hospital
Kathy Fagan, Craig, Colorado Northwestern Community College
Amanda Foss, Aurora, Children's Hospital Colorado
Kelly Gallegos, La Jara, San Luis Valley Health
Carol Goldstein, Denver, Regis University School of Nursing
Kelsi Griffin, Aurora, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
Robyn Gustafson, Fort Collins, UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital
Miriam Halazon, Englewood, HealthOne Swedish Medical Center
Nina Harmsen, Alamosa, San Luis Valley Health
Amanda Harrison, Durango, Pediatric Partners of the Southwest
Sherri Hess, Denver, Denver Health
Rebecca Johnson, Aurora, HealthOne The Medical Center of Aurora
Deborah Kenny, Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Suzanne Ketchem, Brighton, Banner Health North Colorado Medical Center
Kelley Kovar, Littleton, Centura Health Littleton Adventist Hospital
Jody Lamb, Cortez, Southwest Health Systems
Ellen Lane, Pueblo, Centura St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
Rhonda Lewis, Pueblo, Parkview Medical Center
Michelle Mascarenas, Alamosa, Valley-Wide Health Systems
Colleen McIlvennan, Aurora, University of Colorado Denver
Megan Mines, Aurora, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
Caren Misky, Denver, DispatchHealth
Stephen Neuman, Greeley, Banner Health North Colorado Medical Center
Elissa Peters, Colorado Springs, Centura Health Penrose-St. Francis Hospital
Janet Philson, Pueblo, Parkview Medical Center
Leigh Porzel, Denver, HealthOne Rose Medical Center
Corissa Post, Evergreen, Centura Health Physician Group
Allissa Randazzo, Loveland, Aspen House Memory Care
Amanda Reff, Denver, SCL Health Saint Joseph Hospital
Melanie Roberts, Loveland, UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies
Anita Roberts, Denver, Denver Health Medical Center {Eastside Pediatric-Teen Clinic}
Elizabeth Roten, Grand Junction, VA Grand Junction Veteran Health Care System
Terri Schmitt, Cortez, Vista Mesa Assisted Living
Teresa Shields, Grand Junction, VA Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System
Capt John Smith, USAFA, USAFA/10 MDG
Meredith Snyder, Aurora, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
Elena Nelson Squires, Greeley, Banner Health Northern Colorado Region
Karen Sublett, Colorado Springs, Centura Health Penrose St Francis Health Services
Ryan P. Thornton, Englewood, HealthOne Swedish Medical Center
Kelly Wade, Pueblo, Colorado Mental Health Institutes at Pueblo
Michelle Whaley, Englewood, HealthOne Swedish Medical Center
Erin Wiley, Aurora, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
Karen E. Wilson, Parker, Centura Health Parker Adventist Hospital
Nicole Young, Cortez, Southwest Memorial Hospital

The Colorado Nurses Foundation administers the Colorado Nightingale Luminary Awards and convenes the statewide committee that selects 12 recipients of the Colorado Nightingale Award.

Local Area Health Education Centers, or AHECs, and independent Nightingale committees solicit nominations across 10 regions and designate up to 60 luminaries. 

24 Nurses From Across Metro Denver Selected As 2017 Nightingale Luminaries

DENVER -- Six nurses from HealthOne hospitals, four nurses each from UCHealth and Centura Health facilities, and two each from Children's Hospital Colorado, Denver Health, Regis University and SCL Health are among 24 nurses honored Saturday, April 1, at 2017 Colorado Nightingale Luminaries.

DispatchHealth and the University of Colorado Denver had one luminary each. 

Honored were the following luminaries, by region:

Adams County (seven luminaries)

Esther Carpenter, Children's Hospital Colorado
Amanda Foss, Children's Hospital Colorado
Kelsi Griffin, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
Megan Mines, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
Meredith Snyder, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
Erin Wiley, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
Colleen McIlvennan, University of Colorado Denver

Denver County (10 luminaries)

Karen E. Wilson, Centura Health Parker Adventist Hospital
Sherilyn (Sheri) Deakins, Centura Health Porter Adventist Hospital
Sherri Hess, Denver Health
Anita Roberts, Denver Health Medical Center {Eastside Pediatric-Teen Clinic}
Caren Misky, DispatchHealth
Ellen Ahlers, HealthOne Rose Medical Center
Leigh Porzel, HealthOne Rose Medical Center
MaryJo Coast, Regis University
Carol Goldstein, Regis University School of Nursing
Amanda Reff, SCL Health Saint Joseph Hospital

South (Arapahoe, Douglas and Elbert counties -- five luminaries)

Kelley Kovar, Centura Health Littleton Adventist Hospital
Miriam Halazon, HealthOne Swedish Medical Center
Ryan P. Thornton, HealthOne Swedish Medical Center
Michelle Whaley, HealthOne Swedish Medical Center
Rebecca Johnson, HealthOne The Medical Center of Aurora

West (Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson -- two luminaries)

Corissa Post, Centura Health Physician Group
Courtney Donovan, SCL Health Good Samaritan Medical Center

The 24 are among 57 luminaries from across Colorado at the state Nightingale Luminary Awards and Gala on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt Denver. 

Tickets, tables and sponsorships for the the state event can be purchased online through early May, availability permitting. 

The Colorado Nurses Foundation administers the Colorado Nightingale Luminary Awards and convenes the statewide committee that selects 12 recipients of the Colorado Nightingale Award. The Central Colorado Area Health Education Center solicits nominations across its four regions and each year designates up to 24 Luminaries locally. 

5 Nurses In Southeastern Colorado Honored As 2017 Nightingale Luminaries

PUEBLO -- Two nurses from Parkview Medical Center and one nurse each from Arkvalley Resource Center, Centura St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center and Colorado Mental Health Institutes at Pueblo were honored Friday, March 31, as 2017 Colorado Nightingale Luminaries. 

Receiving the regional honor were Parkview's Rhonda Lewis and Janet Philson, Arkvalley's Chris Casper, Centura St. Mary-Corwin's Ellen Lane and Kelly Wade of Colorado Mental Health Institutes.

The five are among 57 luminaries from across Colorado at the state Nightingale Luminary Awards and Gala on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt Denver. 

Tickets, tables and sponsorships for the the state event can be purchased online through early May, availability permitting. 

The Colorado Nurses Foundation administers the Colorado Nightingale Luminary Awards and convenes the statewide committee that selects 12 recipients of the Colorado Nightingale Award. The Southeastern Colorado Area Health Education Center solicits nominations regionally and each year designates up to six Luminaries locally. 

6 Nurses In Northern Colorado Selected As 2017 Colorado Nightingale Luminaries

GREELEY -- Three nurses from Banner Health Northern Colorado in Greeley and two nurses from UC Health hospitals in Fort Collins and Loveland joined a sixth nurse from Aspen House Memory Care in being named March 11 as Colorado Nightingale Luminaries.

Receiving the regional honor were Banner Health's Suzanne Ketchem, Elena Nelson Squires and Stephen Neuman, UC Health's Melanie Roberts and Robyn Gustafson, and Aspen House Memory Care's Allissa Randazzo

The six will join up to 60 fellow luminaries from across Colorado at the state Nightingale Luminary Awards and Gala on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt Denver. 

Tickets, tables and sponsorships for the the state event can be purchased online through early May, availability permitting. 

The Colorado Nurses Foundation administers the Colorado Nightingale Luminary Awards and convenes the statewide committee that selects 12 recipients of the Colorado Nightingale Award. The Centennial Area Health Education Center each year designates up to six Luminaries locally. 

6 Nurses In Western Colorado Selected As 2017 Colorado Nightingale Luminaries

GRAND JUNCTION -- Two nurses each from from SCL Health's St. Mary-Corwin Hospital and the VA's Grand Junction Veterans Health System joined a nursing professor from Colorado Northwestern Community College and the retired director of the Summit County Health and Human Services Department in being named March 4 as Colorado Nightingale Luminaries. 

Receiving the regional honor were St. Mary's Sherry Eidsness and Jaimie Klein Altenburg, the VA's Elizabeth Roten and Teresa Shields, Colorado Northwestern's Kathy Fagan and Deb Crook, retired of Summit County. 

The six will join up to 60 fellow luminaries from across Colorado at the state Nightingale Luminary Awards and Gala on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt Denver. 

Tickets, tables and sponsorships for the the state event can be purchased online through early May, availability permitting. 

The Colorado Nurses Foundation administers the Colorado Nightingale Luminary Awards and convenes the statewide committee that selects 12 recipients of the Colorado Nightingale Award. The Western Colorado Nightingale Committee solicits nominations regionally and each year designates up to six Luminaries locally. 

6 Nurses In Pikes Peak Region Honored As 2017 Nightingale Luminaries

COLORADO SPRINGS -- Two nurses from Centura Penrose St. Francis Hospital and one each from Children's Hospital Colorado, the Evans Army Community Hospital, the U.S. Air Force Academy's 10th Medical Group and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs were named March 2 as Colorado Nightingale Luminaries. 

Receiving the regional honor were Karen Sublett and Elissa Peters of Penrose St. Francis, Kelly Beach of Children's, Roan Facey-Dunn of Evans Army, the Air Force Academy's Capt. John Smith and Deborah Kenny of UCCS. 

The six will join up to 60 fellow luminaries from across Colorado at the state Nightingale Luminary Awards and Gala on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt Denver. 

Tickets, tables and sponsorships for the the state event can be purchased online through early May, availability permitting. 

The Colorado Nurses Foundation administers the Colorado Nightingale Luminary Awards and convenes the statewide committee that selects 12 recipients of the Colorado Nightingale Award. The Pikes Peak Nightingale Committee solicits nominations regionally and each year designates up to six Luminaries locally. 

4 Nurses In San Luis Valley Honored As 2017 Nightingale Luminaries

ALAMOSA -- Two nurses each from Valley-Wide Health Systems and San Luis Valley Health were honored Friday, Feb. 24, as 2017 Colorado Nightingale Luminaries. 

Receiving the regional honor were Sandi Beheiry and Michelle Mascarenas of Valley-Wide and Nina Harmsen and Kelly Gallegos of San Luis Valley Health. 

The four will join up to 60 fellow luminaries from across Colorado at the state Nightingale Luminary Awards and Gala on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt Denver. 

Tickets, tables and sponsorships for the the state event can be purchased online through early May, availability permitting. 

The Colorado Nurses Foundation administers the Colorado Nightingale Luminary Awards and convenes the statewide committee that selects 12 recipients of the Colorado Nightingale Award. The San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center solicits nominations regionally and each year designates up to six Luminaries locally.