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.