MCR, PVH salute 13 nurses with Magnet awards

New award showcases excellence in nurse leadership
May 15, 2015

FORT COLLINS, Colo.  – Thirteen nurses from Medical Center of the Rockies and Poudre Valley Hospital were recently recognized for improving lives by providing the highest quality patient care and service.

Three University of Colorado Health nurses in northern Colorado were recognized with the new Magnet Nurse Leader Award at a recent ceremony in Fort Collins. From left, Josh Goshey, Medical Center of the Rockies Progressive Care Unit; Lydia Baldwin, Poudre Valley Hospital Intensive Care Unit; Suza Ault, regional manager of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab.

Ten of the recipients received the Magnet Nurse Awards, which were developed to support the components of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Model, which include: transformational leadership; structural empowerment; exemplary professional practice; new knowledge, innovations and improvements; and empirical outcomes.

Each year, nurses are nominated by their colleagues in one of the categories, and through a selection committee of peers, a nurse is chosen for each. The winners are invited to attend the National Magnet Conference in Atlanta in October.

This year’s winners are:

Transformational Leadership
Amber Sansone, Surgical Trauma Unit at MCR
Heather Roth, Surgical Unit at PVH

Structural Empowerment
Michelle Zheng, Birthing Center at PVH
Carrie Guffey, Mother and Family Unit at MCR

Exemplary Professional Practice
Sarah Sifrit, Operating Room at MCR
Melinda Tafoya, PVH’s Neuro Med Surg

New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements
Page Peters, Wee Steps at PVH
Robin Lueck, GI Lab at MCR

Empirical Outcomes
Jerre Johnson, Clinical Quality at MCR
Katrina Rice, Oncology at PVH

Three additional nurses were recognized with a new honor, the Magnet Nurse Leader Award, which is based on the concepts of transformational leadership, idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation and individualized consideration. The winners are invited to attend the March 2016 American Organization of Nurse Executives National Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

The winners of the 2015 Magnet Nurse Leader Awards:
Lydia Baldwin, PVH Intensive Care Unit
Josh Goshey, MCR Progressive Care Unit
Suza Ault, Regional Manager of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab

Last year, PVH was re-designated by the Magnet Recognition Program for the fourth time. MCR, which earned its first Magnet designation in 2010, submitted a Magnet re-designation application in April. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and hospitals that have earned Magnet designations, go to

About University of Colorado Health

University of Colorado Health is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. University of Colorado Health combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, University of Colorado Hospital and a network of more than 40 medical clinics into one organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. UCHealth partners with the University of Colorado School of Medicine and numerous community organizations to provide care. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.

About the author

Kelly Tracer is a media relations specialist at UCHealth, based in northern Colorado. For nearly 20 years, she worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and designer before diving into the world of health care communications.

She believes there is an amazing story inside everyone and considers it an honor to get to meet and work with so many extraordinary people – patients, families, providers, volunteers and staff – every day. She is also fascinated by health care innovation and programs that empower and inspire people and families to live healthier lives.

A native of Nebraska, Kelly received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She and her husband have two children and enjoy paddle boarding all summer and skiing all winter.