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.