American Sentinel University and Colorado Hospital Association Name March Colorado Health Care Stars Award Winner

– Award Recognizes Professionals Making a Difference in Health Care –

AURORA, Colo. – April 17, 2015 – American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) recently presented Susan Clarke, MS RNC-NIC RN-BC CNS at the Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) with the March Colorado Health Care Stars Award recognizing Clarke as an exceptional health care professional.

Colorado Health Care Stars is a new statewide health care professional award recognition program sponsored by American Sentinel University and CHA. The program was launched in February 2015 to acknowledge clinical professionals in Colorado who exceed expectations in the delivery of health care.

Clarke, Professional Development Specialist, Continuing Education/Outreach and Regional Trainer, Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), has spent the past 28 years of her career as a leader and educator facilitating NRP instructor and provider courses for staff from CHCO, Colorado and the Rocky Mountain, Western Great Plains region.

In 2011, Clarke and her colleagues developed a framework for effective interdisciplinary NRP courses, implementing consistent course set-up and educational strategies incorporating both low- and high-fidelity simulation and debriefing to ensure that neonatal resuscitation teams (nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, physicians and respiratory therapists) can practice as a team to improve their resuscitation skills, teamwork and staff/family communication. Through 2014, more than 750 participants rated NRP courses as outstanding (4.7 to 5 out of a top score of 5).

“Susan is a selfless and dedicated nurse of advocacy and education, particularly in the areas of neonatal resuscitation,” says Laura Brown, MD, associate professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, who nominated Clarke for the Colorado Health Care Stars Award.

“She impacts our community by ensuring that all providers who are resuscitating neonates are trained in the best possible NRP courses and environment, and her innovation, leadership, and teamwork have lifted our institution to an exceptional level,” adds Dr. Brown.

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Each month CHA draws from the pool of nominees and chooses individual that will be featured the following month on the CHA Career Center website, receive a $100 Visa gift card courtesy of American Sentinel University and be entered into a drawing at the end of the year for a monetary scholarship toward an accredited health care certificate or degree at American Sentinel University.

“We are proud to partner with the Colorado Hospital Association and acknowledge those health care professionals who exceed expectations in the delivery of health care and making a difference in the lives of our community,” says Chris Wolfe, director of program management at American Sentinel University. “The gift card and monetary scholarship is a small way to thank these individuals for their tireless service of caring for others.”

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About American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited online degree programs in nursing, informatics, MBA Healthcare, DNP Executive Leadership and DNP Educational Leadership. Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), of One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036. The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) of 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326. The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), of 1601 18th St., NW, Suite 2, Washington, D.C. 20009. The Accrediting Commission of DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. For required student consumer information, please visit:

About the Colorado Hospital Association

The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) represents 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout Colorado. CHA partners with its members to work towards health reform and performance improvement, and provides advocacy and representation at the state and federal level. Colorado hospitals and health systems are committed to providing coverage and access to safe, high-quality and affordable health care. In addition, Colorado hospitals have a tremendous impact on the state’s economic stability and growth, contributing to nearly every community across the state with 72,000 employees statewide.

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